Inspired by my honeymoon in Greece, this Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet is healthy, delicious and comes together in one skillet in just about 30 minutes.
Tender, juicy shrimp nestled in a garlic and white wine-infused tomato sauce, topped with creamy, melted feta cheese- what’s not to love? My Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet is a simple, delicious dish that I created years ago after my husband Pete and I honeymooned in Greece. During our time there, we fell in love with Greek cuisine, which focuses on fresh ingredients (especially seafood) and clean, simple flavors. This dish is healthy, easy to make and comes together in one skillet in just about 30 minutes. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal and the whole family will love it. Just be sure to serve this Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet with plenty of crusty bread or pasta on the side to soak up the yummy sauce!
The Mediterranean Diet
My Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet is a simple and delicious recipe that fits in well with the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is a healthy-eating plan that incorporates the traditional flavors and ingredients of the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. It emphasizes plant-based foods such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices. Olive oil, which is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, is the main source of fat. Lean protein from fish, seafood and poultry is consumed in moderation. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and should be eaten 2-3 times a week. Red meat and sweets are eaten only sparingly. The Mediterranean lifestyle also involves regular physical activity, sharing meals with others and enjoying life!
Why is the Mediterranean diet so popular? First of all, it’s not a restrictive diet. It’s a way of eating that’s easy to follow and allows you to enjoy plenty of delicious, nutritious food. Plus, it’s also excellent for your health! Numerous studies have shown that a Mediterranean-style diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer, depression, and cognitive decline.
How to make Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet
The great thing about this recipe is that the entire dish can be made in one skillet. Easy to make, easy to clean up! Here’s how to make it:
- Sauté shallots, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes in some olive oil in a skillet.
- Add canned, diced tomatoes and white wine. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
- Add the shrimp. Cook for a few minutes until they turn pink.
- Crumble feta cheese on top. Cover lid to melt the cheese or place skillet under the broiler for a few minutes.
- Garnish the dish with fresh parsley and serve right out of the skillet!
Chef’s Tips for Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet
- Don’t overcook the shrimp. Shrimp cook in a matter of minutes- that’s one of the reasons I love using them in quick weeknight meals. As soon as they turn opaque and pink, they’re done! If you cook them for too long, they’ll get tough and rubbery.
- Buy a block of feta cheese instead of the kind that comes crumbled. This dish is soooo good with big, soft chunks of feta cheese melting into the shrimp. The feta cheese you buy from the store that’s already crumbled just doesn’t melt as well.
- For the perfect finishing touch, place the skillet under the broiler at the end for a minute or two- just long enough to melt the feta and brown it in spots. Trust me- it’s worth it! Just be sure to use an oven safe skillet. Alternatively, you can cover the skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt on the stove.
- I love to serve this dish with crusty bread for sopping up the delicious sauce and a Greek salad. You can also serve it with pasta like angel hair or try spaghetti squash if you’re watching your carbs.
I’m excited that this recipe was published in Taste of Home magazine and was also featured on the TV show Home & Family on the Hallmark channel! Since the show tapes in Los Angeles, I joined in on the fun but via Skype. CLICK HERE to watch a video of my segment on Home & Family!
Greek Feta Shrimp Skillet
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots (or 1 small onion), finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound large or extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Turn the broiler on high.
- In a large oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add shallots and cook 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute longer until fragrant.
- Stir in the tomatoes (along with the liquid from the can), wine, salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add the shrimp to the skillet.
- Cook 5-6 minutes until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese.
- Place the skillet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until feta melts and is golden brown in spots. Alternatively, you can cover the skillet with a lid and let the cheese melt.
- Sprinkle parsley over the dish. Serve with crusty bread on the side for dipping.