Shrimp feta dishes are an excellent way of combining seafood with fresh feta cheese. The shrimp may be sautéed, deep fried, or steamed and served with a range of ingredients to make casseroles, soups, dips and even kabobs. Shrimps are usually slightly sweet and soft-chewy in texture and they combine very well with the salty tangy tasting feta cheese.
Preparation Overview of Shrimp Feta Dishes
Shrimp feta is usually prepared by sautéing the shrimp or cooking it gently, in butter. Herbs like tarragon, fennel, coriander and cumin may be added to the dish. Feta cheese may be served on top of the dish or whirred with other ingredients like cream, butter, herbs and spices to form a sauce or a dip with the seafood and the vegetables.
Serving Shrimp Feta Dishes
Shrimp feta may be combined to make a warm casserole or a baked dish. It may also be served cold as a shrimp feta salad or as an appetizer where the shrimp is boiled or steamed, coated with butter, and served with a feta cheese dip. Toasted fresh bread is served alongside.The cooked shrimp may be served with a range of vegetables and seafood.
Popular Shrimp Feta Recipes
Baked Shrimp in Tomato feta sauce is a very popular dish in Greece. It is also referred to as Garides me feta and it can be adapted into a range of different styles with the three basic ingredients of shrimp, tomato and feta cheese. The shelled shrimp is tossed into sautéed onions, garlic, parsley, oregano, white pepper, lemon juice, dill, salt and black pepper. Pureed tomatoes are added to the dish and the entire casserole is baked for 20 minutes. Feta cheese is sprinkled over the top and baked again for 5 minutes. Traditionally in Greece, ouzo, champagne, white wine, red wine, retsina, etc. may be added to this while it cooks. Vegetables like spinach, sautéed artichokes, courgettes, zucchini, potatoes, etc may be added to the dish. A slight variation is possible by adding boiled pasta or spaghetti to the dish and baking in the last ten minutes. To make a complete meal, steamed rice, quinoa, barley or couscous may be added to the same basic shrimp, feta, and tomato sauce dish.
Baked or sautéed shrimp with feta dip is usually served as an appetizer. The shrimp are tossed in butter and baked in a hot oven or sautéed in butter. These are then served with a sour cream, dill, oregano, feta cheese, and pepper dip. The Barefoot Contessa cooking show and its celebrity chef, Ina Garten, have a popular variation of this dish where the baked shrimp is cooked and served with a feta cheese breadcrumb base.
Shrimp, tomato feta polenta is a fusion dish that is commonly served as a complete meal in restaurants. Steamed tomatoes are pureed and cooked with cornmeal, salt, and pepper to make polenta. The shelled shrimps are then sautéed with salt and pepper and served on top of the tomato-infused polenta and feta cheese is grated on top of the dish before serving.
Shrimp Feta Recipe Trivia
In Greece, the basic shrimp feta recipe is used all over the country but each cook has his or her own twists to the basic recipe. It is also referred to as garides youvetsi or garides saltsa. In local Greek taverns, the dish is cooked in an earthenware casserole dish that is called the youvetsi or giouvetsi.