Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

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Quick and easy, shrimp baked in a tomato sauce with onions, garlic, parsley, dill, and feta cheese.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Conventional cooking wisdom says that you should never pair seafood with cheese. The one glaring example of where this convention does not hold true, and in fact begs to be broken, is with a classic Greek dish called shrimp saganaki. It pairs shrimp with tomatoes and feta cheese and is absolutely delicious in every rule-breaking way.

We found a beautiful example of this classic dish in a recipe by Ellie Krieger in a publication by Fine Cooking several years ago. You make a quick and easy tomato sauce on the stovetop with onions, garlic, and tomatoes, then add shrimp and feta and plop it in the oven to bake. Easy!

Now my father will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t like shrimp. Most shrimp recipes I propose are usually met with that reminder and a change of subject. But this one seemed so intriguing, we had to make it.

Baked Shrimp with Tomato and Feta

We tried it early one afternoon so we could get good light for a photograph, and then had to taste it. We kept tasting it, and tasting it, and then we had to call my mother over because we were well on our way to eating the whole pan. The only thing I wish we had at the time was some crusty Italian bread to dip in the sauce.

Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds medium sized raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (can leave tails on), thaw if frozen
  • Pinch of salt, more to taste
  • Pinch black pepper, more to taste
  • 3 ounces feta cheese (about 2/3 cup, crumbled)

Method

1 Preheat oven to 425°F.

2 Sauté onions and garlic: Coat the bottom of a large, oven-proof skillet with oil and heat it on medium high heat. Stir in the onions and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.

3 Add tomatoes, simmer: Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer, reduce heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the juices thicken up a bit.

4 Add feta, shrimp, herbs, put in oven and bake: Remove from heat. Stir in the herbs, shrimp, feta cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Place pan in oven and bake, uncovered, until shrimp are cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.

Serve immediately. Serve with crusty French or Italian loaf bread, pasta, or rice.

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Recipe barely adapted from Eat Smart by Taunton Press Fine Cooking.

Links:

Shrimp Scampi here on Simply Recipes

Baked Shrimp with Tomatillos here on Simply Recipes

Baked Shrimp Tomato Feta

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  • Rasta

    I made this last night with a few tweaks just to suit my personal taste. I tripled the garlic, left out the dill, and added some red pepper flakes and castelvetrano olives. I served it with saffron risotto. I did it on the stovetop but that’s only because I forgot to turn the oven on, but it worked out just fine. It was really good, and I would definitely make it again. Thanks!

  • Rasta

    I made this last night with a few tweaks to suit my personal taste and it was great. I left out the dill, tripled the garlic, and added some red pepper flakes and castelvetrano olives. Served with saffron risotto. So good!

  • Rhonda

    Made this dish last night. Added mushrooms to a can of stewed tomatoes and can of roasted tomatoe/garlic/onion. Saved a step this way. Boiled 2 cups of penne pasta with and placed in a greased 9×13 glass dish. Sprinkled Italian cheese over pasta then added sauce/ shrimp mixture on top then into oven. Once out of oven I sprinkled more cheese on top. After a hot and humid day, this dish was very light and tasty.

  • Joanne M Strauchon

    Sounds great and will definately use shrimp the first time I make it. Has anyone ever tried using swordfish, halibut or salmon in the recipe? The sauce sounds like it would lend itself to those fish.

  • Steve Mahan

    I chopped basil, Italian parsley and oregano and added it the last five minutes of baking…..Much more Mediterranean flavor

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