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Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta Recipe

One of my go-to weeknight dinners: Greek shrimp nestled in a spiced tomato sauce, topped with chunks of feta, and then baked until golden.

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This easy, over-the-top delicious Greek shrimp recipe comes from my good friend and Once Upon a Chef right hand, Betsy Goldstein. Since it’s made almost entirely from pantry and freezer staples, it has quickly become one of my go-to meals when I have to hit the kitchen running. You begin by making a quick Greek-spiced tomato sauce on the stovetop. Then you nestle the shrimp in the sauce, top it with chunks of feta, and slide it into the oven to bake.

Before serving, you flash the pan under the broiler to brown the cheese and sprinkle the whole lovely dish with fresh mint. All that’s left to do is set the pan in the center of the table for everyone to help themselves. The sauce is plentiful and packed with flavor so be sure to serve lots of crusty bread or pasta on the side to sop it up. Yum!

What you’ll need To Make Greek Shrimp
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How To Make Greek Shrimp

To start, heat the olive oil in a wide oven-proof skillet over medium-low heat and add the shallots and garlic.

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Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not brown.

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Add the tomatoes with their juices, salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, and honey.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Off the heat, arrange the shrimp over the tomato sauce in an even layer.

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Crumble the feta over the shrimp, and then sprinkle with the oregano.

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Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked. Turn on the broiler. Then, using an oven mitt, carefully transfer the pan to the higher oven rack and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the feta is golden brown in spots. Let the shrimp rest for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with mint and enjoy!

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One of my go-to weeknight dinners: Greek shrimp nestled in a spiced tomato sauce, topped with chunks of feta, and then baked until golden.

Servings: 4

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Prep Time:10 Minutes

Cook Time:40 Minutes

Total Time:50 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cupfinely chopped shallots, from about 3 shallots
  • 4garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoonssalt
  • 1/4 teaspoonpepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (use less if you are heat-sensitive)
  • 1 tablespoonhoney
  • 1-1/2 poundsextra large shrimp (26/30), peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
  • 6 ouncesfeta cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoonsroughly chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F; set one oven rack in the middle position and another about 5 inches underneath the broiler.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a wide oven-proof skillet (see note) over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes with their juices, salt, pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Off the heat, arrange the shrimp over the tomato sauce in an even layer. Crumble the feta over the shrimp, and then sprinkle with the oregano. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked (the cooking time will depend on the size of the shrimp). Turn on the broiler. Using an oven mitt, carefully transfer the pan to the higher oven rack and broil for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the feta is golden brown in spots. Using an oven mitt, remove the pan from the oven (and immediately place the oven mitt or a dishtowel over the handle of the pan because it’s very easy to forget that it is burning hot). Let the shrimp rest for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with mint and serve.
  5. Note: If you do not have an oven-proof skillet, simply transfer the tomato sauce to a 9-by-13-inch or equivalent broiler-safe baking dish and proceed from there.
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