Shrimp Santorini (Shrimp Saganaki) Greek Baked Shrimp with Tomato and Feta Cheese

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Transport yourself to Santorini with this easy Shrimp Santorini recipe

The Greek Island of Santorini is eponymous with picturesque sunsets, iconic whitewashed buildings, and minerally Assyrtiko wine. And all of these elements are the perfect accompaniment to Shrimp Santorini. This Greek delicacy is a sizzling dish of sautéed tomatoes, plump shrimp and rich feta cheese. The first time I savored it, I was lucky enough to be sitting on a restaurant patio on the island’s capital city of Fira. The sun had just fallen beneath the caldera and the sky was full of orange and pink hues, much like the dish in front of me.

Origins of Shrimp Santorini

Another common name for this dish in Greece is Shrimp Saganaki. First of all, Saganaki is a whole classification of Greek dishes that are traditionally fired in a two handled copper pot called a Sahan, which is a Turkish word. You’re probably familiar with the most famous version: fried cheese called Saganaki. In addition to Shrimp Saganaki and cheese Saganaki, in Greece you’ll find Mussels Saganaki, Chicken Sagankai, Eggplant Saganaki, etc.

What type of tomatoes should I use for Shrimp Santorini

Santorini is famous for their tomatoes — they have earned their own PDO designation. And while nothing tastes like the tomatoes there or in Greece, pick up some of your favorite at a local farmers market during the summer. You can also make Shrimp Santorini in the off season using organic full-size tomatoes that you grate into a bowl. Just make sure they taste good! You can also use cherry tomatoes (heirlooms are the best, if you can find them) cut in half. The rest of the dish is easy to put together. So easy in fact that I don’t boast to my weekly personal chef clients about how turn-key it is to make because I want them to fully appreciate the levels of flavors and how beautiful the marinated shrimp are against the savory heirloom tomatoes and tangy feta.

Check out how I make Shrimp Santorini in this video

 

 

Shrimp Santorini Recipe

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  1. Wonderful recipe! Very simple and tasty!!

    1. Christina Xenos Author says:

      Thank you!

  2. This is a wonderful recipe!! Filled with flavor and the kitchen smells so good whilst the onion garlic coos. So quick and easy. Everyone I’ve served this to has asked for this recipe and made it for others with rave reviews. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Christina Xenos Author says:

      SO happy you like the recipe, Vicki! Thank you so much for sharing it with everyone too.

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