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Juicy shrimp saganaki 4

Juicy Mediterranean skillet shrimp with feta - Saganaki

Easy and quick shrimp recipe! Just gather a few ingredients, heat your pan and you’ll be eating your shellfish in under 20 minutes!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword saganaki, shrimp, skillet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced or pureed
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup ouzo or 1/2 teaspoon ground star anise (or both)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 pound shrimp, about 10-12 pieces, peeled with the heads and tails left on
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon bukovo (sweet red pepper flakes)
  • A few drops tabasco sauce, optional
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium/high heat and add the onion and the red bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes until soft.

    Add the ouzo and wait until the alcohol evaporates (about one minute).

  2. Add the tomato, salt, pepper, ground star anise if you use it, parsley, bukovo, tabasco and all spice. Cook for 5-10 minutes until a little thickened and add the shrimp.
  3. Cook the shrimp from one side until they change color, about 2-3 minutes, flip them and do the same for the other side.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the crumbled feta cheese.


Recipe Notes

Cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp/prawns. I usually choose shrimp size #2 (10-12 pieces per pound) since they are fairly large and cheaper than the larger ones.