Greek Prawn (Garides) Saganaki

If you like seafood and/or prawns, then you'll love this dish! It can be served as a starter or a side dish and is actually quite filling. The Greek drink ouzo is used as is Greek feta cheese, but you should be able to obtain both of these quite easily wherever you live. It is served in the individual ceramic bowls you can see in the photos and the bowls are placed in front of the guests piping hot! This recipe is for 4 of these bowls or servings.


800g prawns size 1
100g grated onion
300g chopped fresh tomatoes
200g feta cheese
100g chopped green pepper
1 hot green chilli pepper chopped
100 ml olive oil
2 cloves grated garlic
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
50 ml ouzo
Salt and pepper


Remove the shell and the intestine from the prawns, leaving the head and tail, and cut in two.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and when it is hot, add the onion, garlic, green pepper and chilli pepper.

Fry for 2 minutes and then add the prawns and stir well.

Add the ouzo and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Distribute the mixture evenly into 4 ceramic bowls – what we call saganaki bowls (see photo).

Cut the feta cheese into small cubes and place on top of each bowl.

Place the bowls under the grill long enough for the feta to melt and colour slightly.

Serve the 4 individual portions hot, adding some chopped fresh parsley on top if you wish.

If you've tried this dish please rate it!

Eat and Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Yum! And it looks pretty easy to cook. I'll check around here if I get Ouzo.

Thanks for sharing. :D

Marie Reed said...

Gosh! That sounds just heavenly! I'm glad to have found this greek food blog:)

Anonymous said...

A delicious meal .. which sad to say I have not eaten for a few years.

Now I have your recipe .. it will be on the menu this week!

Anonymous said...

This is a favourite dish in our house, only I would use white wine and simmer the sauce for longer mmmmmmmm and serve with rice

Anonymous said...

Instead of adding Ouzo, could I add a teaspoon of ground Fennel seeds to get the anise flavour? From Simon, England

Unknown said...

The best food ever

Martha said...

What a brilliant dish! This is one I definitely have to make again. My husband and I love going to Greek Restaurants in NYC. Although we have had saganaki in several creative ways, this recipe is a homerun!

Tamji said...


Thoroughly enjoyed this a couple weeks ago as an appetizer to a Greek meal of keftedes, kalamaria, pita, tzatziki and hummus.

We cooked it on the side burner of our bbq - OPA!!!! flames when we hit it with the ouzo! So fun!

Enjoying tonight over pappardelle pasta with homemade baguette.


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