Shrimp Saganaki

Posted: June 9

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Shrimp Saganaki is an absolute favorite in its native Greece, and you can taste the reason why! It's similar to shakshuka as it's a bright yet mellow tomato sauce infused with red pepper spice and fragrant shallots and garlic. The shrimp is savory and sweet, cooked to a juicy pink and sprinkled with sharp, creamy feta cheese. Shrimp Saganaki can be a meal on its own, or it could be a tantalizing appetizer for a seafood dinner. In either case, you may want some crusty bread on hand to mop up all of that amazing sauce.


• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 3/4 cup shallots, finely chopped • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped • 1 (28-ounce) can of diced tomatoes • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen • 6 ounces feta cheese • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, roughly chopped


Step 1

Set an oven rack to the middle position and another oven rack about 5 inches underneath the broiler. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Heat the olive oil in a wide, oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat.

Step 3

Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn or brown, until softened, for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4

Add the can of tomatoes (with the juices), salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, and honey.

Step 5

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 6

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally until the sauce is thickened, about 15-20 minutes.

Step 7

Transfer the skillet from the heat.

Step 8

Arrange the shrimp over the tomato sauce in an even layer. Crumble the feta over the shrimp. Sprinkle with the oregano.

Step 9

Bake on the middle oven rack until the shrimp are pink and cooked through at 145 degrees F, about 12-15 minutes.

Step 10

Turn on the broiler. Using an oven mitt, carefully transfer the pan to the high oven rack and broil until the feta is golden-brown in spots, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 11

Remove the skillet from the oven and let the shrimp rest for 5 minutes.

Step 12

Sprinkle with the mint and serve.

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