Baked Greek Shrimp Skillet with Feta (Shrimp Saganaki)

Tender shrimp baked in a spicy tomato sauce with olives and feta cheese then served with warm crusty bread or over white rice with veggies! This baked Greek shrimp skillet is an easy weeknight dinner you’re going to love!

Baked Greek shrimp skillet in a large cast iron pan topped with feta cheese and fresh dill

Baked Greek Shrimp Skillet – a healthy skillet dinner your family’s going to love! This is one of our favorite shrimp dinner recipes during the colder months and it’s so easy to make! Comforting and hearty yet full of fresh Mediterranean flavors!

This is my family’s version of shrimp saganaki. (It might not be the most authentic, but it’s still delicious and has most of the original ingredients.) Fun fact: I first discovered this dish when Charlie and I first moved out and we had A TON of frozen shrimp in the freezer needing to be used. We were VERY ceviche-ed out at this point and wanted something a little more hearty with completely different flavors. Viola – It’s been in our dinner rotation ever since!

A large skillet filled with shrimp saganaki topped with crumbled feta cheese and fresh dill sitting next to a plate of toasted bread

What Is Shrimp Saganaki?

Saganaki, in Greek cuisine, refers to any type of dish that is prepared in a small frying pan with the most common being fried cheese. Shrimp saganaki is a very common dish that’s made by cooking large shrimp in a frying pan tossed with a spicy tomato sauce. It’s then topped with feta cheese and usually served as an appetizer with fresh bread. There are so many different variations of this classic Greek dish nowadays and they’re all delicious!

Ingredients used to make a baked Greek shrimp skillet (shrimp saganaki)

Ingredients For Your Baked Greek Shrimp Skillet

  • Shrimp: Use large or extra large shrimp for this recipe. (I left the tails on mine for photo purposes but I’ll usually take them off.)
  • Crushed tomatoes: You’ll need a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes. (I love using fire roasted crushed tomaotes if I can find them!)
  • Kalamata olives: We loving using a combo of kalamata olives and green olives.
  • Onion: White or yellow onion work the best!
  • Garlic: You’ll need 4 garilc cloves for this recipe.
  • Feta cheese: Buy a block of feta cheese and crumble it yourself for the best results. (Block feta has much better flavor than store bought feta crumbles. Plus it melts better too!)
  • Spices: Dried dill, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper are needed to season your shrimp skillet. (Sometimes we’ll garnish the skillet with fresh dill right before serving too!)
A large cast iron skillet filled with a spicy tomato sauce surrounded by a bowl of large shrimp and fresh dill
A large skillet filled with spicy tomato sauce, olives, raw shrimp and feta cheese ready to be baked

How To Make A Greek Shrimp Skillet

1. Preheat your oven. Turn your oven on to 425 degrees.

2. Saute your garlic and onion. Then heat a large oven safe skillet over medium-high heat and add a splash of olive oil once it’s hot. Add your chopped onion and garlic and saute them until tender.

3. Simmer the sauce. Then add your crushed tomatoes and seasonings and turn the burner down to medium. Let your sauce simmer for 10-11 minutes or until it has slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

4. Add your remaining ingredients. Then stir in your halved olives and place your shrimp on top of the sauce. (I’ll usually push my shrimp down a little bit into the sauce.) Then season your shrimp with salt and pepper and sprinkle your feta cheese over the top.

5. Bake & broil. Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through. Then turn your oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melty.

6. Serve! Sprinkle fresh dill over the top (if desired) and serve immediately.

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of your shrimp. They may need to cook 1-2 more minutes depending.

A close up photo of baked Greek shrimp skillet topped with feta cheese and fresh dill

Serving Suggestions

Turn this easy shrimp recipe into a well-rounded meal by adding a few tasty side dishes! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Serve over orzo or your favorite pasta. (The shrimp and “sauce” act as your pasta sauce!)
  • Serve alongside white rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Warm crusty bread (Perfect for scooping up your extra sauce!)
  • Roasted baby potatoes
  • Roasted veggies (I love asparagus or broccoli with this dish!)

It’s an easy weeknight dinner idea that’s so simple to whip up!

A large skillet filled with Greek shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with olives and feta cheese served with warm crusty bread slices

FAQ’s

  • Do I have to leave the tails on my shrimp? No! We usually take the tails off if we’re serving this for dinner.
  • How do I know when my shrimp is done cooking? Your shrimp will be opaque in color and will curl to form a “C”. (It’s ok if there’s still a few gray spots as they’ll continue to cook after they’re taken out of the oven.)
  • I can’t find crushed tomatoes! Is there something else I can use? Absolutely! You can buy 2 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes and blend them in a food processor until smooth. They might have a slightly different consistency and may need a longer time to simmer but their flavor will be the same.

Why you’ll love this baked shrimp skillet recipe!

  • Simple ingredients! Frozen shrimp + pantry staples + feta cheese! My guess is you have a few of these ingredients already!
  • Fresh Mediterranean flavors! Loaded with traditonal Mediterranean ingredients – this dish is BIG on flavor yet still comforting & satisfying!
  • A healthy protein-packed meal! Lean shrimp is the star of the show! Pair it with some roasted veggies & healthy carbs for a well-rounded meal!

Need it gluten free? Great news, it already is!

Need it dairy free? Omit the feta cheese or use your favorite dairy free parmesan instead!

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Baked Greek Shrimp Skillet with Feta (Shrimp Saganaki)

Tender shrimp baked in a spicy tomato sauce with olives and feta cheese then served with warm crusty bread or over white rice with veggies! This baked Greek shrimp skillet is an easy weeknight dinner you're going to love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baked, feta cheese, Greek, kalamata olives, Mediterranean, shrimp recipes, shrimp skillet
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. large raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes (fire-roasted or regular)
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted & sliced (or green olives)
  • ¼ of a white onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh dill, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Turn your oven on to 400 degrees and heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add a splash of olive oil and your chopped onion and garlic and saute until tender. (About 1-2 minutes)
  • Then add your crushed tomatoes, dried dill, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir and turn your burner down to medium. Then let your sauce simmer for 10-11 minutes or until it has thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.
  • Next stir in your olives and place your shrimp on top of the sauce. (I'll usually push the shrimp down a little bit into the sauce.) Then season your shrimp with salt and pepper and sprinkle your feta cheese over the top.
  • Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.
  • Then turn your oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is melty.
  • Sprinkle fresh dill over the top (if desired) and serve immediately with warm bread or over rice.

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