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    The 40 BEST Greek Recipes

    I really love Greek Food! We cook a lot of Mediterranean-style dishes in our kitchen and somehow always get drawn towards Greek cuisine. These light and delicious dishes have plenty of fresh ingredients and a generous dousing of good quality olive oil.

    Over the years, we have gone beyond gyros and moussaka and cooked great Greek flavors like Fasolakia, Kleftiko, and Pastitsio. There are so many great new dishes out there and that’s why I have compiled this list of amazing Greek Recipes for you to try.

    So whatever your appetite, whatever the time of day, you’re sure to find just the right dish here. Cook your way through them, and oh, don’t forget to read about my favorite Shrimp Saganaki!

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    The Best Greek Recipes:

    1. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)

    I am starting this list of Greek Recipes with our own favorite Shrimp Saganaki, a classic Greek appetizer that’s served in most Greek Restaurants.

    Some incredible flavor combo happens when you cook plump shrimp in a garlicky savory tomato sauce and finish it off with salty feta.

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    2. Chicken Souvlaki

    I love to cook these Greek-style kebabs for our get-togethers, as they are so easy. Chicken Souvlaki – sometimes, all you need is a few simple ingredients to create some amazing flavors. These Greek skewers are one of those recipes.

    Bite sized chunks of chicken are marinated with lemon juice, oregano and garlic and can be grilled, baked or cooked on the stovetop.

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    3. Soutzoukakia

    Now I was very intrigued when I first came across these Greek meatballs. These plump oblong-shaped meatballs are packed with loads of aromatics and fresh herbs, smothered in a cinnamon-y wine-enhanced tomato sauce.

    This is a hearty Greek dish that will please even the pickiest eaters.

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    4. Fasolakia

    Fasolakia is by far my favorite when it comes to cooking green beans. Greek green beans, properly known as fasolakia, make a tasty dish out of fresh green beans braised in extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and herbs.

    It works great as a main course, or as a side dish to accompany something else.

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    5. Kleftiko (Greek Lamb Cooked in Parchment)

    I save this one for special occasions. Greek Kleftiko is a boldly marinated lamb roast that cooks low and slow for hours, sealed in parchment paper for ultimate moisture and tenderness.

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    6. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)

    Fasolada… The “mother of all” Greek comfort foods in a bowl. This is one bowl that generations of Greeks grew up with on cool winter nights… A perfect winter warmer!

    This rustic, hearty, and healthy white bean soup is simmered with everyday aromatics. But the real magic happens when I give it a good drizzle of olive oil at the end. It adds a richness and depth of flavor that takes this soup to the next level.

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    7. Tzatziki

    Tzatziki is my go-to Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce, and it’s the most important condiment in my kitchen. I love slathering it on gyros or other pita meals, using it as a dip, or placing it as the centerpiece for my mezze platter. It’s so versatile, refreshing, and adds a burst of flavor to any dish!

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    8. Chicken Gyros

    You’re going to love these chicken gyros. Here, the chicken is cooked to perfection and piled high with a fresh cucumber feta salsa and lots of homemade tzatziki sauce. I bet you just can’t stop at just one.

    This makes a perfectly tasty dinner, and is absolutely easier than you think.

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    9. Gigantes Plaki

    I was looking for some quick appetizers to cook for a company and came across this butter beans appetizer. Gigantes Plaki (Greek Baked Beans) is a tasty Greek recipe, with butter beans baked with an assortment of fresh herbs, and enhanced with plenty of olive oil.

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    10. Moussaka

    Moussaka is to the Greeks what Lasagna is to Italians. This traditional Greek recipe is one of my favorites. I love layering a rich tomato meat sauce with eggplant instead of pasta sheets, and topping it with a thick layer of béchamel sauce. It does take some time to assemble, but let me tell you, it’s absolutely worth the effort!

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    11. Keftedes

    Keftedes are full of flavor and super delicious. These have all the Greek flavor and are super easy to make! I love serving them with fresh Greek salad, some tzatziki, and plenty of pita bread. It’s the perfect setup for entertaining!

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    12. Psari Plaki – Greek Baked Fish with Onions & Tomatoes

    This Greek baked fish, Psari Plaki, is a great addition to your recipe collection. Flaky white fish cooks in a delicious olive-studded tomato sauce. YUM! This is Jason and Noah’s favorite dish.

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    13. Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

    I will now give you the simplest, yet most awesome, salad with just a few ingredients. This traditional Greek Salad recipe, known to the locals as Horiatiki, is one of our summertime favorites!

    Crisp cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, red onions, briny olives and capers, creamy feta, and a simple herb dressing. That’s all it takes. And the results are top notch.

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    14. Layered Hummus Dip

    I love dressing up my hummus with this beautiful, bright, and colorful Layered Hummus Dip. It’s luscious, loaded, and perfect for any party or potluck appetizer.

    Take this platter to your next get-together, topped with perfectly seasoned ground beef, colorful garnishes, and plenty of nutty toasted pine nuts. It’s always a hit!

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    15. Melitzanosalata Recipe (Greek Eggplant Dip)

    Melitzanosalata is made of roasted eggplants, garlic, onion, olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a super flavorful dip that will look great on a mezze platter, or alongside grilled meats.

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    16. Tyrokafteri (Spicy Greek Feta Dip)

    I love this one for a spicy kick. This is the dip you want in your life. It’s tangy, salty, creamy and as said earlier, a tad bit fiery. It’s a dip made from everyone’s favorite feta cheese.

    Add in a little spice kick with some kind of hot peppers, along with creamy Greek yogurt and olive oil… So good.

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    17. Avgolemono Soup

    Meet your new go-to comfort food. Avgolemono Soup is your chicken noodle soup taken to the next level. It’s silky and smooth and oh so delicious.

    This classic Greek lemon soup uses egg and lemon (avgo-lemono) to create a creamy, velvety broth with a refreshing lemony hint.

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    18. Greek Steak Salad Bowl

    This Greek Steak Salad Bowl I made is packed with colorful, crunchy veggies, protein, whole grain, and yummy feta cheese. It definitely leaves me satisfied! And doesn’t it look inviting?

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    19. Greek Steak Gyros

    These steak gyros are awesome, and if you like Greek, you’re sure to love them! They’re an easy, make-ahead recipe, that lets you marinate the steak ahead of time, so the gyros can easily be made when you want them.

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    20. Crockpot Greek Chicken

    This Crockpot Greek Chicken is my new weeknight best friend, bursting with bright flavors. With only 15 minutes of hands-on time, it’s easy, versatile, and super delicious!

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    21. Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

    Here’s the Greek answer to lasagna, Pastitsio. I layer noodles with a thick, cinnamon-laced beef and tomato sauce, then finish it off with a thick Béchamel sauce and bake it to decadent perfection. It’s simply awesome!

    This classic Greek comfort food is much loved and definitely a crowd-pleaser.

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    22. Greek Chickpea Salad

    Simple and easy, this Greek Chickpea Salad is a great addition to your potluck spread. It has plenty of fresh flavors and textures, and gets topped with a block of feta cheese.

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    23. Spanakopita

    This Greek spanikopita is a great make ahead party appetizer. Phyllo dough stuffed with a spinach and feta filling and drenched in olive oil. You better make a big batch, this one will go fast!

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    24. Tiropita – Greek Cheese Pie

    Tiropita are Greek pies made with feta and ricotta cheese in flaky phyllo dough. They make for a wonderful appetizer or snack that everyone is sure to enjoy.

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    25. Stifado – Greek Red Wine Beef Stew

    When looking for Greek stews, I came across Stifado. I love how the beef simmers low and slow in wine until it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender. If you’re looking for a great new stew recipe, this is definitely it!

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    26. Homemade Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

    Impress the guests at your next get together with your own homemade dolma. These grape leaves are stuffed with a well seasoned mixture of rice and ground beef. Classic Greek appetizer.

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    27. Sheet Pan Greek Nachos

    I love making Sheet Pan Greek Nachos! It’s such a fun twist on everyone’s favorite appetizer. I toast up some pita chips and pile them high with my favorite Greek toppings like kalamata olives, feta cheese, tzatziki, and more. It’s a fantastic party food idea that always gets rave reviews!

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    28. Homemade Pita Bread

    Your own homemade Pita bread is so much easier that you would think. This easy recipe for homemade pita bread uses instant yeast and requires no kneading. The store brand pitas are no match to these fresh, warm pitas out of your oven in just a few minutes.

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    29. Greek Baklava

    This Greek dessert just screams decadent. Flaky phyllo layered with a ground mixture of nuts and spices and drenched with plenty of honey and melted butter. This is pure rich deliciousness!

    This is a very easy classic Greek Baklava recipe for you to try making in your kitchen.

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    30. Greek Stuffed Tomatoes

    These Greek Stuffed Tomatoes, or yemista, are full of good stuff like rice, potatoes, olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs.

    They’re a great side dish, or meatless main.

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    31. Greek Lamb Burgers

    How about some twist on your regular burgers? Greek Lamb Burgers!! They’re the most mouthwatering burgers you’ll ever eat. I generously season them with fresh herbs and top them with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions. I love serving them with fries or a Greek salad. It’s a flavor explosion that never disappoints!

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    32. Briam: Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables

    I love making this popular veggie preparation called Briam! It’s a fancy-looking side dish that features potatoes, zucchini, red onions, and tomatoes. I season it well and generously drizzle it with olive oil before roasting. It’s simple, colorful, and bursting with flavor!

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    33. Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Cookie)

    Melomakarona irresistibly tasty Greek cookie commonly eaten around Christmas. They’re flavored with walnuts, spices, orange and honey, which makes for a super delicious cookie.

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    34. Loukoumades

    Loukoumades, Greek doughnuts, are crispy fried on the outside and tender inside. Traditionally served soaked in hot honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts, they are a big upgrade over conventional doughnuts.

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    35. Greek Shrimp Scampi Pasta

    Greek Shrimp Scampi Pasta is a great variation in your typical scampi, with the additions of capers, olives and feta cheese. This Greek pasta recipe is sure to delight!

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    36. Saganaki (Greek Fried Cheese)

    Saganaki is one of the most popular Greek appetizers. Cheese is deep fried to make a crispy outside, with a melty gooey inside. So Yum!

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    37. Baked Eggplant With Tomatoes – Melitzanes Imam

    This Baked Eggplant With Tomatoes, or Melitzanes Imam, is another great meatless main dish idea.

    The baked eggplant is caramelized onions, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. So simple, yet so delicious.

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    38. Greek Lamb Chops

    These Greek lamb chops are beautifully marinated in a mix of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano. Plus, they can be either grilled or pan seared. This is one of our favorite lamb chop recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    39. Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup

    This Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup recipe is similar to Avgolemono, but substitutes the chicken with chickpeas. It’s a brightly flavored meatless soup that is great comfort food for chilly nights.

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    40. Greek Orange Honey Cake with Pistachios

    I am wrapping up our list with a sweet treat. These orange cakes are made moist by a generous amount of olive oil, topped with a beautiful honey pistachio syrup.

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    What an amazing assortment of delicious Greek recipes. No wonder it’s one of the most popular cuisines from around the world!

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    The 40 BEST Greek Recipes

    This collection of amazing Greek Recipes will show you just why it's one of the most popular cuisines in the world! For an easy start, try this chicken souvlaki:


    • 2lb chicken
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • juice of 1 large lemon
    • 6 garlic cloves
    • 1.5 Tbsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper


      1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and place in a ziploc bag. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and pour it over the chicken. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible, then seal. Combine everything well by agitating the bag with your hands, then marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours (or better yet, overnight).
      2. Skewer the chicken onto metal skewers, or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes.
      3. Cook according to your preferred method:Grill Method: Preheat over medium high heat and grill skewers 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally.Oven Method: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for a couple more minutes.Stovetop Method: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook skewers 6-8 minutes per side.
      4. After cooking, transfer to a serving platter and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.

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