This Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta is a classic Greek recipe that you need to be making now! Succulent shrimp, tangy feta cheese in a zesty tomato sauce. Serve over pasta, rice or polenta for a delicious easy weeknight dinner! Ready in under 30 minutes!
If you are looking for recipe that is fancy enough for company, but easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner, this easy shrimp recipe is it!
I've mentioned before that if I had to choose a favorite cuisine, I have several that vie for top position. Southeast Asian and Mediterranean are definitely tied at the top.
Mediterranean food covers so many regions, but Greek is the one that I turn to time and time again. The recipes I gravitate towards are simple, with real ingredients, like this classic shrimp with tomatoes and feta.
You make fresh tomato sauce, add the shrimp, top with yummy feta cheese and bake until the cheese melts. Easy peasy. We served it over Instant Pot Herbed Polenta, it would also be great with pasta or rice, or just some big chunks of bread to soak up all that sauce!
- Shrimp - one of the things I love about this recipe is that you can use the less expensive medium or small sized shrimp. This recipe works with large, medium or small. If you use large or extra large, you might want to add a minute or two to the shrimp cooking time. You can read this article on Shrimp Counts Per Pound to learn more about shrimp sizes.
- Brandy and White Wine - if you want to make this without alcohol, just use chicken broth, even better make a quick broth with the shrimp shells and use that.
- Tomatoes - I used canned tomatoes because I was making this in the winter. In the summer make this with fresh tomatoes, it's so good!
- Tomato Paste - since this recipe only uses a tablespoon, don't buy a can, buy the tubed version and keep it in your fridge. I use the Amore Tomato Paste (affiliate link.)
Step by Step Directions
While the oven preheats to 400, finely chop your garlic and onion.
In an oven proof skillet (I love using enameled cast iron) heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic. You are only going to sauté them for about a minute. You just want them to soften a bit and infuse the olive oil with flavor.
Add the tomatoes to the onions and garlic in the pan. Stir them occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes. You just want them to soften a bit and pick up the flavor from the onion and garlic.
Add the wine, brandy, tomato paste, dill and black pepper. Cook them at a strong simmer (you want to see occasional small bubbles) for about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken quite a bit.
Add the shrimp to the pan. If using medium shrimp, cook for about 2 minutes or until they begin to turn pink. If you are using larger shrimp, you might want to cook them a minute or so more.
Crumble feta cheese on top. You can use fairly large chunks here.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 3 minutes or until the cheese has melted a bit. Feta melts a bit, but retains it's shape.
Garnish with some of the fresh dill before serving.
Do you believe how crazy easy it was to make this show stopper shrimp dinner?!! This is both hearty and light and every bite has a bit of fresh tasting tomato sauce, plump shrimp, tangy feta and earthy dill.
I love that I can make this year round, it uses smaller, less expensive shrimp, it's so easy and it's full of flavor! This needs to be on your regular rotation for easy weeknight meals!
More Easy Shrimp Recipes
- One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli
- Peel and Eat Grilled Shrimp
- Sheet Pan Shrimp with Pineapple
- Instant Pot Shrimp Risotto
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Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for about a minute. Add the tomatoes and their juices and cook for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the wine, brandy, tomato paste, half the dill, and the pepper. Cook at a brisk simmer for about 10 minutes. The sauce should thicken.
- Add the shrimp and cook stirring occasionally until they start to turn pink, about 2 minutes.
- Crumble the feta over the top and place in the oven. Bake for about 3 minutes or until the feta has melted.
- Top with the rest of the dill for serving.
This recipe was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2020.