Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce

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

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


  • 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)


1 Preheat oven to 425°F.

2 Sauté onions and garlic: Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet on medium high heat. Add 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 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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  • Saba

    Holy God, that looks SO GOOD. Man, I love feta.

    Question: I have all the ingredients on hand except the shrimp, but I do have some fillets of fish (Cape capensis, I believe.) Would this work just as well with fish, do you think?

    Good question. My first thought is yes, because fish works so well with tomatoes (see this ling cod recipe and this salmon recipe). But, I’m not so sure about the feta. You might try it without the feta and then just stir in some feta on one serving to see how you like it. It would also benefit from some clam juice if you don’t have shrimp. ~Elise

  • Phoo-D

    This looks simple and delicious. I almost always have these ingredients on hand. We will definitely give it a try! Do you think white wine and/or capers would be good additions?

    Sure, why not? ~Elise

  • Cary

    This is so similar to one of my very favorites from Gourmet magazine years ago. It was one of the first new recipes I tried as a new wife (versus all the family recipes I was used to making). It has a little white wine in the sauce, and fresh oregano instead of dill…but thank you for the reminder to pull it out again!

  • Suzanne

    Hey Elise, would it be okay to use fresh tomatoes? Canned tomatoes are hard to come by and cost a fortune over here in China.

    Yes, I would remove the seeds first. ~Elise

  • Mark Boxshus

    Well Elise, it is Good Friday and you’ve presented us with yet another Very Good suggestion for dinner. Looks very yummy. And thank God you did. I almost decided to go ahead and make another corned beef today. You saved me from sinning as well

    Oh, music to my dad’s ears. He just reminded me again that today is Good Friday, no meat. ~Elise

  • jonathan

    Hmmmmmmm…I made this recently, but from this recipe below

    Dang near identical, save for the addition of allspice, cinnamon and some hot pepper flakes.

    I served it over some jasmine rice cooked with some saffron.

    And it was good. Real good.

    And there was much rejoicing.

    What an interesting recipe, I never would have considered allspice, cinnamon, and hot pepper flakes to be Greek spices (of course, what do I know? nothing when it comes to Greek food), I would have thought Greek would include oregano. Still, looks a lot like this one, just spiced up a notch. ~Elise

  • Liz

    Hi Elise
    I have been making a very similar recipe for a few years-I first found it in a low-carb book that I got out of the library but it called for a POUND of feta! I thought even if it is low-carb that’s still a lot of cheese! I cut the cheese down to just about the amount that you have and it’s great. Suzanne asked about using fresh tomatoes and I have used them in the past and they worked very well-sometimes I use a couple of fresh and a 14oz can of diced-I’ve done it with Ro-tel too and it’s got a nice little kick. I have a couple of thoughts that I wanted to share-I live in Canada and we hardly ever have fresh shrimp in the stores-it’s either previously frozen or frozen so I usually buy the latter. I get a big bowl and fill it with ice cold salted (like a brine) water and put the frozen shrimp into that to unthaw-it takes about 1 hour or an hour and a half. I find that I really like the taste of them when they have been brined like that. The other thing is that if I’m in a hurry or it’s really hot then I don’t bother with the oven. I’ll make the tomato sauce but I don’t add the cheese till later(sometimes if I feel like it I add a bit of white wine or even some brandy-not a lot-a couple of ounces maybe)and let it cook down for about 10 minutes. I add the shrimp and let it simmer for a couple of minutes more-just until the shrimp starts to turn opaque-then I add the feta cheese and turn off the heat and cover the pan. I let it sit for about 5 minutes or until I set the table. You are right-a good bread is a necessity for this dish.

    I always defrost shrimp in ice water (it’s the safest approach), but never thought to defrost it in salted water, thanks for the suggestion! Also, good point in that this whole dish could easily be made on the stove top. (Maybe I’ll try it again that way and change the recipe.) ~Elise

  • Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    This is what I love about Greek cuisine — no fear of combining shellfish and cheese. I never really understood why Italian cooking frowns on that (and, don’t tell anyone, but in the privacy of my own kitchen, I tend to grate a bit of parmagiano-reggiano on shrimp and pasta dishes), when the flavors work so well together.

  • Chris

    I love this recipe! I made it over Christmas for my mom after buying the edition of Fine Cooking is was in. That whole month’s magazine was loaded with fabulous recipes. But, this shrimp/feta? I have made it several times since then. My pictures didn’t come out as nice as yours, though. ;)

  • Jennifer

    I knew I had to make this the minute I saw it so stopped to get feta and shrimp (and a baguette) after work. It was super easy and turned out wonderfully. It’s definitely going in my permanent rotation!

  • Debbie

    I made this tonight for our Good Friday fish dinner. Served it over whole wheat penne. It was wonderful and couldn’t be easier!

  • Jill

    This recipe looks great!

    I just read the suggestion to thaw shrimp in a brine. Make sure you know how salty the shrimp is before doing this. I’ve found that some brands of frozen shrimp are way too salty, even when I thaw them in plain water. Brining them would make them way too salty.

  • Lynn D/

    I have been making this dish since 1969, when Time Life published a cooking of the world series. The recipe in the Middle Eastern cooking volume called for white wine and oregano and not as much tomato. When I went to check on this I found the spiral bound recipe book already open to this recipe, the page well stained. I have made this with cubes of fish like halibut and found it excellent. I even made it with cauliflower instead of shrimp for my vegetarian son to great acclaim. I like the idea of adding cinnamon, which I enjoyed in meat stews in Greece.

  • Emily


    Thanks for sharing this recipe. We read it last night and it sounded great. Luckily we had all the ingredients on hand so we made it for dinner with pasta. It was great!

  • Rebecca

    This sounds like a great combination! I have made something similar, by Paula Wolfert, with an almond and pine nut paste stirred in. Delicious!

  • Robin

    I made this recipe last night for Good Friday and it was absolutely delicious! We all loved it with crusty bread to soak up the juice. Before adding the diced tomatoes, I added a heaping tablespoon of tomatoe paste and stirred that in with the onions and garlic. Next time I might add a splash of white wine and will use 2# of shrimp for the three very hungry males in my life.

  • mary

    I bought this magazine as well and this one of the dishes I marked as a keeper. I think the fettucine with walnuts and parsley looks good too.

  • Peter

    I love me a Garides (Shrimp)Saganaki. This dish is a popular Greek appetizer (meze) and it also get’s the “saganaki” name from the two handled vessel that’s used to cook it.


  • Risita

    I normally serve dishes like this with pasta or rice, but I like the idea of using bread instead. How do you use bread to absorb the sauce? Do you eat the pieces of shrimp with a fork, then dip the bread in the remaining sauce to soak it up?

    You got it. ~Elise

  • Christine

    This recipe is very similar to a terrific Turkish recipe called “karides Guvec”. Mmmmm!

  • Judie

    This was Yummmmmmmmy! Iloved the way the salt from the feta played off the sweet from the tomatoes. Also I used what I had so I substituted one of the cans of diced tomatoes for one can of stewed tomatoes. this was a really good dish!

  • Emily

    This was a hit for a Friday night during Lent. It turned out just like I had imagined from viewing the picture. My husband and his two brothers loved it and have asked me to make it again. This is super easy and very quick to make. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Evangaline

    Wowser! Made this tonight as written and it was super. So, so easy and quick, too. I used frozen, already cooked shrimp (it’s all I can get) and it was great!

  • ghostlibrarian

    I had some leftovers that were very good. I added some white hominy and served it as a soup. It was delicious. Unfortunately, the shrimp was overdone then. I should have taken the shrimp out and added them at the last minute, just enough to warm them. Thanks for 2 enjoyable meals.

  • Wendi Verbage

    Such a great dish! I loved it. Next time I plan on using cilantro instead of parsley. I think it would step up the taste a bit! I also added a bit of cummin and a little white wine.

  • Colin Devroe

    Why do you leave the tails on? I always find this makes the eating experience much less enjoyable?

    You don’t have to leave the tails on if you don’t want to. There is a ton of flavor in the shells, so leaving on any part of the shell will help add flavor to the dish. ~Elise

  • Marianne

    I made this for dinner last night and it was so fast and ridiculously tasty. I can’t wait to make it again!

  • Jessica

    I made this last night. I served it over creamy grits. It was excellent. I will definitely pass this recipe on to family and friends.

  • Stacy

    I made this dish tonight —– totally quick to make and delicious to boot. I served it with crusty bread and spinach w/garlic. Very tasty and a keeper. Thanks!

  • Patti

    Loved this! I made this for 6 adults so I doubled it and it easily doubles. I prepared the dish on my stove top, except for adding the feta. When the sauce had simmered and the shrimp were done, I ladled it into 6 ovenproof crocks and sprinkled each one with the cheese then placed under broiler until the cheese turned a puffy golden brown. Served with warm french bread brushed with olive oil and a fresh garden salad. Big hit with the whole crowd, will def make again!!

  • zchamu

    I made this last night and it was *delicious*. Going on the favourites list!

  • ash

    I made this last night and served it with pasta. Threw in some asparagus, mushrooms, and squash that I already had on hand. Yum!

  • Wendy

    This was very tasty and most importantly- QUICK. Ideal for a weeknight diner fix-up. We loved it and will do this again for sure. Surprising combination the Shrimp and Feta but it turned out the be a perfect match! I also substituted the dill with oregano and it was a success!! Thank you!

  • Alecia

    This reminds me of an entree served at a restaurant I worked at when I was in college. Brings back some great memories, I will have to try making this recipe soon. I’m thinking I’ll serve it over some rice or risotto, since we’re a gluten free household. The crusty bread sounds awesome though.

  • Lisa

    What a wonderful dish! I made this for dinner this evening and added some snow peas and a little fresh basil. I served Garlic Naan and pasta with the dish. Everyone wiped their plates clean. I will certainly be making this again.

  • rokorox

    It was terrific! Easy, fast, delicious – what more could I ask for on a Wednesday night? Thank you for the lovely recipe.

  • Matt Gannon

    This looks great, I think it would be really good on a sub roll, or pita pocket too!

  • Kym

    This recipe was amazing, delicious, healthy and super easy. When I cooked it, I forgot the dill and it still tasted great. My husband and I loved it. I will definitely be adding this to our “favorite list”. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kendra

    Incredible recipe. Big hit in my family.

  • Tracie

    Finally showed this to my husband, not the hugest tomato fan, but I could not resist the recipe. Well he loved it as well, made it again tonight for supper. Great blend of flavours, can’t wait to add in fresh herbs from the garden if it ever stops snowing here….sigh!

  • Todd

    I have to echo everyone’s sentiment that this recipe is fantastic! So simple, fast and delicious. It is definitely becoming a regular in my kitchen. Thanks again for a great recipe!

  • Sarah

    This was a bit of a miss for me. I used rock shrimp – maybe that was the problem. I think possibly also too much parsley – some cilantro might have been helpful. Big fan of the site and recipes but probably won’t make this one again without some variations.

  • rose

    Great recipe. Did not bake it – just finished it on the stove (too lazy). Loved the flavors and am going to add more fresh herbs next time for variation. Oh, and the crusty bread is a must. Thanks Elise!

  • John

    I made this last night and it was a big hit. It took a bit longer in the oven to cook and that’s because I didn’t put a lid on the pan when it went in the oven, next time I would do that. I also wished I was someplace where I could buy freshly caught shrimp (not much of that in Columbus, Ohio), that would make it perfect.

    Hi John, actually you cook the shrimp in the oven uncovered, I’ve just added that note to the recipe to make it more clear. Frozen shrimp work perfectly well in this recipe. Just thaw them first by placing them in ice water for an hour or so. ~Elise

  • chibi

    hi, im 17 on a improve-my-cooking-skills mission. I tried this recipe and it was perfect….except for the feta cheese. I’ve never had feta cheese before and the taste really doesnt agree with me :{ I was wondering about the taste…is it supposed to taste so odd? Are there other cheeses that taste similar to it?

    Feta is a somewhat salty, crumbly Greek cheese. It is similar in taste and texture to Mexican cotija cheese. ~Elise

  • Matthew

    That was REALLY good! I’ll definitely add that to my regular rotation.

    I had trouble getting raw prawns, so I used frozen cooked ones. I put them in half way through the baking process. That way, by the time it’s baked, they are hot all the way through but not overcooked.

    Great blog, thanks.

  • Jennsa

    Have tried this recipe now twice–while my husband and I enjoyed it the first time, neither of really felt like dill is the herb for us in this dish. Second time around I used 2 different spice blends I had on hand–one a blend intended to add to tomatoes to make a marinara sauce and the second a blend for bruscetta. Absolutely loved it this way–the dill just didn’t do it for us. I serve it over linguine and it’s incredibly satisfying.

  • Jamie

    I made this tonight for a woman that I am dating. She loved it! I added an extra clove of garlic and some shallots and then served it on top of angel hair pasta. It looked, smelled, and tasted incredible! Best of all it was super easy. Thank you for making me look good!

  • alejandro

    This recipe looks so good! I just have one question, could one replace the feta cheese for another type of cheese? if so, which ones could one also you to give it a good flav. Thx in advance

    Feta is a salty, crumbly Greek cheese. You could substitute cotija cheese, a similar Mexican cheese that is also salty and crumbly. ~Elise

  • Deborah

    Elise, I made this and since I don’t really care for dill used 3/4t Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic seasoning blend. Great result wonderful taste. I also used my leftover to make bruscetta…rave reviews. Toasted the french bread slices then just topped with the sauce plus additional cheese. Thanks for the recipe.
    xoxo Deborah and the gang ~..~ ^..^ ~..^

  • Kathleen

    I made this dish the other week and absolutely LOVED it…next time we are going to omit the dill (wasn’t really sure what it was supposed to add to the dish) and add a little bit of spice. Thanks for sharing!!


  • Liz Romero

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. As a dill lover I thought the dill added a lot of great flavor and meshed well with the feta and tomato. Also it was very easy, it was ready in no time and the dish looks like it would take hours to make!

  • cheryl

    This was an awesome dish! Loved it…..what would I do without this website…..!

  • Dianna

    I took advantage of the 50% off seafood sale at Raleys over the weekend and made this one night and your recipe for glazed salmon the next. Both were a complete success! But, come to think about it, EVERYTHING I make from this site is a complete success. THANKS!

  • RD

    This is the second time I’ve made this dish. Safeway had jumbo Gulf shrimp on sale the other day for $9/lb so I bought 1.5 lbs and made this dish. I added some capers and 1/2 cup of white wine when I added the shrimp. Served it over orzo pasta. Very good. Might throw in some chopped Kalamata olives next time.

  • Jim

    Outstanding. My wife and I tried it as posted, and loved it. I tried it again on a business trip where I had only a range in my hotel room. I added rice shortly after the shrimp, herbs, and cheese and then threw in some Portuguese Ruby port for some more fluid and let it simmer for a full 10 minutes. The result was absolutely amazing. I equate it to a Mediterranean version of gumbo.

  • Kayla

    This recipe was completely amazing! I’ve only just started getting into cooking and was looking for something fairly simple, yet tasty, and I found it. I ended up cooking for only two and just using a half a pound of shrimp, and the portions were perfect.

    I also changed around some of the ingredients a bit, using basil and oregano instead of parsley and dill. I also added mushrooms and Kalamata olives, which gave it an extra kick of flavor – the olives especially (they went perfectly with the feta cheese).

    I look forward to trying out many different recipes from this site, but will definitely be adding this to my regular menu!

  • Crystal Jensen

    This recipe received a rating of ‘2 plates good’ based on my husband’s opinion meaning he loved it so much he ate 2 plates worth! I just can’t eat that much but it received 5 out of 5 stars as a rating from me nonetheless!

  • Erin

    Just made this for lunch and loved it. It is so light and tastes really fresh. Love the low salt/carb count. I used no sodium tomatoes and no salt- the feta was enough!

  • Jane

    What can I substitute for the shrimp that’s not seafood or fish?

  • Kat

    Excellent! Made last night and served with Risotto. I forgot to get fresh Parsley so used dried parsley, dried oregano and dried basil.

    My husband wants me to make this again and again, but has requested that I cut off the tails :)

    Thank you!

  • carol

    Have any of you tried this cold for an entree? Superb cold…

  • Ed R.

    Made this last weekend, we really enjoyed it. Great blend of flavors. We live on the coast so fresh shrimp is always available. I cooked it on the stove as many readers did.

  • Michelle

    Made this last night for a group, and everyone raved about it! Super easy to make. Thanks!!

  • Cornelia

    Hi Elise,

    I needed a quick 20 min. dinner and decided to do the shrimp bake. I used basil instead of parsley and it came out delicious.
    Thanks for posting.

  • Lulu

    So easy and so delicious. Next time I think I’ll throw in some black olives.
    Thanks for another great recipe!

  • Craig Hull

    Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe. I made it last night for dinner and it was a hit all around. It was even better the next day. Thanks, Elise.

  • Mona

    Dear Elise,
    Thank you so much for the wonderfully flavorful and easy to make recipe! This was a hit with my friends last night, and I followed it precisely. I served it with crusty Italian bread which was a great medium for the sauce and shrimp. I also prepared the mixed greens with goat cheese and honey mustard vinaigrette salad. Your site is my go-to for culinary explorations, and I rave about to my friends.

  • Jim

    I tried this recipe over the weekend but I wasn’t too impressed. I love tomatoes and shrimp but felt that this recipe wasn’t anything special. We even grated some fresh parmesan cheese over the top but it didn’t help much. We felt it was kind of bland. We served it over pasta. I guess we just like beef based tomato sauces better. I think a shrimp based sauce might be better with a white cream sauce rather than tomato. IMO

  • Lynn

    Great recipe, tastes amazing! I never knew tomatoes and feta make such a tasty combination. I did make a few substitutions. I had no parsley so I used basil instead and fresh tomatoes instead of canned. The end result was delicious, fresh tomatoes make the dish much better.

  • Sherrie

    Hi Elise. I’ve had this recipe in mind for a few weeks and finally made it last night. Wow! What a flavor explosion! My husband went crazy over it and called our son to say come over to check out this dish mum made. I followed the recipe exactly except I used cilantro cause I was out of parsley.
    Excellent recipe that really impresses!

  • Larissa muehleder

    Awsome!!! Loved it. I used Ragu marinara sauce with fresh choped tomatoes and I added some muscles. Yum!!! I also mixed in Adobo seasoning and one chopped spicy pepper.

    I spread it over thing noodles mairnated in butter.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Donna

    I made this dish last night for dinner. It’s time to buy groceries and nothing seemed to go together so I goggled the words shrimp,feta cheese, tomatoes and broccoli. Your recipe caught my eye and I had everything it called for (I added some fresh broccoli that needed to be cooked) and some diced fresh grape tomatoes) and it was excellent!!! It didn’t “need” the broccoli or grape tomatoes, I just added them so they wouldn’t go to waste. I served it over steamed brown rice and crusty bread. It was easy and fun to make. I’m considering adding some mushrooms next time I make it, but only because I love mushrooms :) Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe. This will become a “regular” at my dinner table.

  • nerry

    Hi Elise,

    I made this dish and it came out fantastic! It was very easy to make as well. We had it with country bread. Thanks so very much.

  • Em

    This recipe is fantastic! I did make a few changes to it to suit my other half a little better.

    I substituted one of the cans of diced tomatoes for a can of Original Rotel tomatoes, drained. He’s not crazy about tomatoes, but there’s just something about Rotel tomatoes that are an exception.
    I used dry herbs instead of fresh, since I forgot to buy them. (Remember that you use LESS dry than fresh)
    I also used goat cheese instead of feta, since he’s not a huge fan of feta.

    Turned out perfectly! Served over plain brown rice. The Rotel really kicks it up a notch!
    This will definitely go into my routine.

  • Shan

    I agree with Elise’s dad about shrimp. But since I am alone in that sentiment I do make this (with a twist) fairly often.

    I put in anise flavored liquor, kalamatas and anise seeds and a tiny bit of fresh oregano instead of dill. Hmmm. Maybe that is a lot different. It evolved. But it started with the tomatoes and feta. I see someone added pepper flakes. What a good idea.

    I am anti dill. I guess that is where dad and I part ways. : ) Thanks for the inspiration Elise!

  • Ajani Truth

    After putting a coworker on to your site and having this be her first dish that she tried, I decided to make it for my girlfriend. It was a hit. Had this over some fresh fettuccine and added a tiny bit of grated Parmesan and red pepper flakes for a little heat.

    This has to be the most consistently good recipe site. Never fails.

  • Hidayah

    This was fantastic! I just found your site last week and am loving it. My husband thought this was a great dish and proceeded to eat the leftovers (we made a double recipe) for breakfast, he loved it so much.

  • Annemarie

    Made this tonight, with a few changes. Used 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 can tomato puree, and then about 1/4 of a can of tomato sauce because I thought it was too thick. I wanted it to be more like a thinner/light sauce with hunks of tomato. Next time, I will use tomato sauce instead of the puree, or perhaps petite diced tomatoes. Oh, I also used basil instead of dill. I think next time I ended up using a little more feta, about 4 ounces, but I think I’d use even more, maybe up to 6 ounces. I love the stuff.

    I paired it with angel hair pasta, which suits it very well. My dad really liked it! It’s going in the rotation books, I think.

  • Joann

    Made this tonight, my family loved it! thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll be back for more :)

  • Betsy

    I know this is an older recipe, but I wanted to let you know that I make this dish all. the. time. It has become a favorite in my home. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  • Laura

    Had to be the easiest recipe I ever made. And delish! Boiled some pasta as a side dish. Will be making it again.

  • John-Mark Pawlowski

    Just wanted to say that, while I don’t eat shrimp, I’ve made this numerous times for others and have ALWAYS received raves for it. I like to use a can of Muir Glen® Diced Tomatoes in Adobo Sauce in this; the bit of spiciness goes so well with the shrimp. When I make this, everyone thinks I am a Rock Star! Thanks for making me look so good!

  • Dennis Puleo

    Elise. It was sooo good!!!! We even ate it again the next nite.
    then my wife asked what am I going to make next.
    thank so much for the recipe. ..

  • Tania

    I just made this for lunch, so tasty! Had it with cheesy cauliflower “bread” sticks, yummy :)

  • Amanda from Canada

    Elise, do you think it would work out okay to do this all on a stove-top? Thought it might make for a nice change while camping (ergo: no stove).

  • D. Fuoco

    This was so good. I added about a half cup of kalamata olives and omitted any salt.