Shrimp Saganaki

Every summer I go to Greece. Every day that I’m there, I have Shrimp Saganaki.

It’s just my absolute favourite. Sitting there by the sea, the gentle knocking of boats rocking in the waves. The smell of warm earth meeting the salty surf… God, it’s enough to make your heart ache.

Greeks know good food.

Everything they make is packed full of flavour, fresh, rich, and satisfying.

This dish is the perfect combination of all of the above. It’s comforting without being heavy or fattening (unlike most comfort foods).

It is usually something I reserve for enjoying in the summer months… but I’m not sure why! I think it’s the perfect, vibrant, spicy dish to perk up a blue January, or any hungry month.

To make a generous amount for two you’ll need:

300g raw king prawns (ideally with the heads & tails on if you can find them!)

2 cloves of garlic

400g (1 tin) tinned chopped tomatoes

2 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved

1 handful fresh dill

2 glasses of nice white wine (1 for you, one for the pot)

1 handful of feta

Chili flakes, dried oregano, salt, pepper, olive oil

Warm a frying pan on a medium heat. Add some oil & when it’s hot crush your garlic into the pan. Just as it starts to turn golden, throw your prawns in. Add a good sprinkling of chilli flakes, oregano, salt & pepper. Once the prawns have turned pink and just start to curl, take them out and place to one side. Add a glass of wine to the pan and simmer away… (real Greeks use Ouzo here, but I’m a wimp and I like wine just fine)

…add your cherry toms.

Leave to reduce for a few mins, then add your tinned tomatoes.

Stir it all around & leave to cook away.

Tear up your dill and add it to the mix.

By the time the cherry toms are soft and cooked, the whole thing should be ready.

Pop your prawns back into the mix and stir around.

Crumble over a generous fistful of feta & serve.

I’m big into sharing plates so I put mine into a big bowl with some hand-torn sourdough bread, for dippin’.

Pop a little extra feta & dill on top if you’re feeling fancy.

Dig in with a fork & use your bread for mopping, scooping & pinching.

Καλή σας όρεξη!

(Bon apetit!)

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  • Ok, I’m definitely trying this out this weekend! I live with my Italian boyfriend and he never lets me near the kitchen because I can’t cook pasta as well as he does (I have cooked once in 6 months). Hopefully he won’t know so much about Greek food AND all the ingredients are available over here 🙂 win win!
    Beautiful photos as always! Love your work.
    Lucy x Food + Life in Milano

  • Liv

    Rosie, thank you so much for this! I’ve been having a cheeky peruse of your blog almost every day at work (naughty) since I discovered it last October. I’m moving from London soon to work at Disney World Florida and having to live away from home and cook healthy food for myself was looking daunting as I have digestive problems and therefore am on quite a specific diet. But all your recipes are suitable for me and so easy!! Keep up the GREAT work 🙂 lots of love xxx

    • Carol

      Did you say Disney World Florida?!

      • Liv

        hehe I sure did Carol 🙂

  • Amy

    Ok I officially know what I am having for a TGIF dinner tonight! I can partically smell it already.

  • Lois

    This looks delicious! Will give this a go! I’m desperate for recipes that are healthy for me but feel hearty enough to feed my ever hungry boyfriend! xx

  • Katerina Nkt

    Well, I’m a Greek girl and I’m glad you enjoy your summer vacation in Greece (food included!)
    Shrimp saganaki is one of my favorite dishes as well; my mum cooks it with lemon, honey and ouzo and it tastes divine!

  • Prawns in the fridge… I know what I’m making tonight!!

    Emily xx

    My Ginger Bread Journey

  • this would be the perfect thing to make for my mum, she loves prawns !

    looks delicious 🙂
    Lauren x

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  • Your food posts are the bomb diggity! They make me hunger even though i JUST ate! you good Rosie!! 🙂

  • A fistful of feta… just, yes.
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Amber

    This looks incredible!! I love Greece too.

  • holy moly this looks soooo good. I love prawns and this is such a nice meditaranian style of serving them. Perfect for a Saturday lunch with some vino

    Mel x

  • Georgia Christakis

    Looks delish, and I’m seriously impressed by your ability to remake this dish! If you like Greek food, is a great site. ( hint: The revithia is my favorite!) να σται καλά!

  • GSorts

    This looks absolutely delicious…and I don’t even like shrimp!

  • Sara Purnell

    I have been soooooo hoping for this recipe after I saw it pop up on your Instagram! I’ve just booked a summer holiday to Kos so it’s the perfect recipe for me to get (more) excited over the weekend! Definitely going to try it with the Ouzo though!
    Thanks Rosie! 🙂 Love your beautiful food photos!

  • Aurè

    W the Shrimp Saganaki!…W the South Mediterranean Cuisine,Viva la Cucina Mediterranea!…
    …Buon Appettito !…

  • Looks absolutely perfect! You’ve made me hungry now. I need this in my life

  • Oh yummy! I’m defo gonna have to make this, adore king prawns!

    Happy Friday Rosie xoxo

  • Danielle

    Rosie, please come over and cook for me! Your dish looks absolutely amazing!

  • Sophie

    Thank you for this Rosie! Shrimp Saganaki was my OBSESSION when I was in Greece this summer and I can’t wait to try it at home 🙂 Xxx

  • sam

    looks delish! are you part greek rose?

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      Don’t insult us.

  • looks so delicious! desperate to try next chance i get x

  • This looks completely delicious x

  • Jo

    I’m from Greece & never thought to make them at home. Thanks Rosie~ YUM! 😛

  • This looks incredible — the best meal I’ve ever had was on the beach in Greece on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. Unfortunately, I’m allergic to shrimp — anything else I can sub in? Maybe scallops?

  • Maria

    I can’t tell you how excited I get reading Greek words in your blog. I really hope to meet you in one of your future trips to our country (or mine to beloved London).

    Πολλά φιλιά! (Lots of kisses)

    XO, Mariameint

  • That’s Sundays dinner sorted then. Sounds and looks lovely plus I adore greek food. Win win! x

  • Leah Omonya

    That looks beautiful! One day when I’m able to afford 300g of King Prawns, I will definitely make this. Are there any cheaper alternatives that work with this recipe?

  • Jaci Shaffer

    This looks amazing!
    & believe me when I say, there are only two things that make me say that sound above…
    Shoes & Food. (;
    Definitely going to have to give this a try.

  • Looks delicious!! I have to try this soon! 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Luana Silbernberg

    Hi Rosie, I love your recipes and your blog ofcourse. Just had one question. I do not use alcohol while preparing food, is there something I could replace the wine with?

  • MagicKarp

    Bloody hell not another recipe post. Gonna have to change the title soon because The Londoner no longer discusses London!

  • bri

    This looks amazing!! I have a bad shellfish allergy however so do you think it would just as good with chicken???

  • Naomi Simons

    Yum! Looks so delicious- going to attempt to make it soon!

  • Stephanie

    This looks incredible! 😀


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  • I am not always a fan of tomato saucy based food but I love sea food so I will definitely look into giving this a go.

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  • Alice

    Wow this came at the right time for me, I ate a whole pan of slutty brownies today (don’t judge me it’s been a bad week)…I think the next year will have to be my 80% good to work that off! Thanks for all the great recipes lately, I’ll be trying the salad too.

  • Jordan

    Hi Rosie!

    I hope your weekend has been off to an amazing start!

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    I’ve been following your Instagram for quite some time now and was actually introduced to your blog by a friend who met you here in Los Angeles. I personally love your look (your travel photos are perfection! So jealous you are in Greece) and your feminine, chic style! I think you would be a perfect fit for our network, as you have an impressive following and such an impact in the fashion world. Please let me know if you are interested in discussing working with us- we’d love to hear from you!


  • That looks absolutely delicious! 😀

  • I accidentally made your blog about Greece my homepage many moons ago. Weirdly nostalgic to read this…

  • nickzytotre

    Wow! That looks awfully delicious Rosie!
    As you have traveled to so many places I was wondering if you have ever been to Rome? If so do you have any places so recommend? I’m going there in the Summer 🙂
    Ps. Your blog is fabulous! Keep up the amazing work! XXX

  • Kate

    Rosie, which island(s) do you normally go to when visiting Greece? I am planning a honeymoon there for October and would love to hear your suggestions 🙂

  • blaise.dyer

    That looks utterly glorious rosie 🙂 GIVE IT. now. please

    @blaisedyer:disqus (twitter & insta)


  • Mmm… I love Saganaki so much. My local Greek restaurant makes it without the prawns – so disappointing! They do the most gorgeous Moussaka to make up for it though…

    LOVE xx

  • YUMMM! Definitely have to try! xo

  • Millie

    This looks delicious will have to try this, although shrimp is not my strong point. Or perhaps I’ll have to go to Greece to have some haha!! Lovely posts and pictures x

  • And another awesome recipe. I can’t wait to try this one!

  • KJ

    Made this tonight to have while watching The Bachelor. Super delicious and easy!! Perfect girls night in. KJ xoxo

  • Katie Brigstock

    this looks AMAZING! I’m the same, I love sharing foods and big warming dishes like this to dunk big chunks of bread in to! it looks delicious!

    katie x

  • Oh! I am feeling so inspired for my next turn in Supper Club!

  • Carlie Hanson

    About to try this for dinner tonight- perfect for an Australian summer night 😉

  • Louise

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out.
    Lou x

  • Amanda Johnson

    I love this recipe! My parents don’t really like tomatoes much, but a simple addition of crushed tomatoes turns it into more of a sauce, which makes everyone happy. Love it!

  • svenolsen

    Just a small Greek tip…never fry with olive oil it give better flavor but it’s not that healthy, it releases polyunsaturates when fried…so try Sunseed oil

  • Vika

    Any suggestions for a wine substitute for those who don’t drink alcohol?

  • Charlotte

    I went to Borough Market and spent a fortune on prawns to make this dish for my mum and sister. It was sooooo worth it. Amazing. Making it again this week! x