Greek cuisine… one of the most celebrated in the world, and certainly one of our favorites. It features a beautiful variety of dishes.
That’s why we have compiled this list of amazing Greek Recipes for you to try.
Many are light, Mediterranean diet style dishes featuring plenty of fresh ingredients and a generous dousing of good quality olive oil.
Others are decadent treats like moussaka, pastitsio, or their famous baklava.
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 enjoy the best foods from that ancient and beautiful culture!
The Best Greek Recipes:
1. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)
We’re 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.
2. Chicken Souvlaki
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.
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.
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 in a large size as a main course meal, or as a side dish to accompany something else.
5. Kleftiko (Greek Lamb Cooked in Parchment)
Greek Kleftiko is a boldly marinated lamb roast that cooks ow and slow for hours, sealed in parchment paper for ultimate moisture and tenderness.
6. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)
Fasolada… The “mother of all” Greek comfort foods in a bowl. This is one bowl that the generations of Greeks grew up with on cool winter nights… A perfect winter warmer!
This rustic, robust, healthy & homely white bean soup is simmered with everyday aromatics. But the real magic happens when it gets enriched with a good drizzle of olive oil in the end.
Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce that is their most important condiment.
Slather it on gyros or other pita meals, use it as a dip, or place it as the centerpiece for your mezze platter.
Moussaka is to the Greeks what Lasagna is to Italians. A rich tomato meat sauce layered with eggplant instead of pasta sheets, and topped with a thick layer of béchamel sauce, this traditional Greek recipe takes time to assemble – but it’s well worth the effort!
Keftedes, are full of flavor and super delicious. These have all the Greek flavor and are super easy to make! Serve them with fresh Greek salad, some tzatziki with plenty of pita bread and you all set for entertaining.
10. 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 with in a delicious olive studded tomato sauce. YUM!
11. Greek Salad (Horiatiki)
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.
12. Layered Hummus Dip
Dress up your hummus like never before… Get that scooping going with this beautiful, bright and colorful Layered Hummus Dip. This luscious loaded hummus is perfect for your party or potluck appetizer.
Take this platter to your next entertaining, topped with perfectly seasoned ground beef, colorful garnishing with plenty of nutty toasted pine nuts.
13. 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.
14. Tyrokafteri (Spicy Greek Feta Dip)
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…
15. Avgolemono Soup
Meet your new go to comfort food. This 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.
16. Greek Steak Salad Bowl
Packed with colorful, crunchy veggies, protein, whole grain, and yummy feta cheese, this Greek Steak Salad Bowl is sure to leave you satisfied! Now that looks very inviting.
17. Greek Steak Gyros
These steak gyros are awesome, and if you like Greek, you’ll love these Greek steak gyros! 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.
18. Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)
Here is the Greek answer to lasagna, Pastitsio. Here, noodles are topped with a thick, cinnamon laced, beef and tomato sauce. Then the dish is finished off with a thick Béchamel sauce and baked to decadent perfection. Simply awesome!
It is a classic Greek comfort food, much loved and definitely a crowd pleaser.
19. 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.
20. 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.
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!
22. Greek Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
This Greek Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes recipe is absolutely easy to make and delicious. It’s made with loads of flavor.
It has a perfect amount of seasoning and lemon flavor, plus your crockpot does most of the work!
23. 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.
24. Stifado – Greek Red Wine Beef Stew
Greek Beef Stifado is a beautifully flavored stew where beef simmers in wine low and slow until it is melt in your mouth tender. If you need s great new stew recipe, this is it!
25. 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.
26. Sheet Pan Greek Nachos
Sheet Pan Greek Nachos are fun twist on everyone’s favorite appetizer. Toasted pita chips are piled high with your favorite Greek toppings like kalamata olives, feta cheese, tzatziki and more.
Great party food idea!
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. Greek Lamb Burgers
Greek Lamb Burgers are the most mouthwatering burgers you will ever eat! They’re geneerously seasoned with fresh herbs, and topped with tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, cucumber and red onions. Serve with fries or Greek salad.
31. Briam: Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables
This popular veggie preparation is fancy looking side dish with potatoes, zucchini, red onions, and tomatoes. It’s well seasoned and generously drizzled with olive oil.
32. 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.
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.
34. 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!
35. 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!
36. Gigantes Plaki
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.
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.
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!
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.
40. Greek Orange Honey Cake with Pistachios
We’re 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.
What an amazing assortment of delicious Greek recipes. No wonder it’s one of the most popular cuisines from around the world!
Save or pin this collection of great recipes so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!
- 2lb chicken
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1.5 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 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).
- Skewer the chicken onto metal skewers, or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes.
- 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.
- After cooking, transfer to a serving platter and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.
Welcome to GypsyPlate! I'm Alpana, former wordwide tour manager and professional caterer, now full time blogger. I love exploring cuisines from around the world, and my recipes have been featured on sites such as MSN, Parade, Brit + Co, CNET and AOL. You can explore my entire collection of sortable recipes in my Recipe Index or learn more about me here.
Never miss a recipe!
Join the GypsyPlate mailing list and get easy dinner recipes right in your mailbox. From homestyle comfort food to exotic dishes from around the world.