shrimp saganaki

Shrimp Saganaki Recipe

Shrimp saganaki is light and healthy and super easy to make. Clean eating 2020 has now begun.

Saganaki, a traditional Greek preparation named after the pan in which it’s prepared, is best served straight from the skillet, with plenty of toasted bread for scooping up the savoury tomato sauce. If you can find them, wild American shrimp and high-quality Greek feta really make this dish special.

You can find fresh shrimp or prawns at the fish monger in Granville Island market. This is fantastic during Spot Prawns season too.

Shrimp Saganaki

shrimp saganaki
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 scallions, white part only, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup drained diced canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ⅓ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons ouzo or other unsweetened anise-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • pinch of dried oregano, preferably Greek
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 medium shrimp (about ½ lb.), peeled, deveined (head on if desired)
  • 1 4-oz. block feta
  • slices of country-style white bread, toasted
  • Heat oil in a medium heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add scallions and garlic; cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 4–6 minutes. Remove from heat; add wine, broth, ouzo, 1 tsp. parsley, 1 tsp. dill, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until tomato mixture is reduced by one-third, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to skillet, arranging around edges. Place block of feta in center of skillet. Cover and simmer until shrimp are cooked through and feta is warm, 4–6 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Transfer shrimp and feta to a large shallow bowl, if desired. Garnish with parsley and dill. Serve with toast alongside.

Recipe Bon appetit – Recipe by Lord Byron Restaurant, Ios Island, Greece, Photos by Matt Duckor.