Greek food just might be one of the most enjoyable types of food to cook. Flavorful, filled with fresh ingredients, and usually surprisingly easy, this cuisine is forgiving and can be a great first instructor if you're not well-versed in the kitchen.
Our collection of recipes guides you through a few of the easiest and most iconic Greek foods. From delicious butter cookies to spinach pie to favorite main dishes with lamb and pork, there's a recipe for any occasion and taste.
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Traditionally Easter cookies, Koulourakia are fabulous little treats year-round. These butter cookies are semisweet with the gentle flavors of butter and vanilla, and they're twisted up into fun shapes. It's an enjoyable recipe and because they harden after baking, they're great with coffee or milk.
You need butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, and a touch of ouzo to make your dough. Sesame seeds are optional, but they do provide a nice little crunch. Shape your cookies in a knot or make a double twist with a tube of dough. Brush them with egg and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Ready in 45 minutes.
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If there is a single dish that will get you hooked on Greek cuisine, it is Spanakopita. This spinach pie uses layers of phyllo and a feta-spinach mix to create a delicious snack or light main dish. It's fantastic and surprisingly easy to make. Because you'll use pre-made phyllo, you don't have to worry about making this complicated but flavorful dough.
The filling between the buttery phyllo layers consists of spinach, fresh herbs, onions, spices, and feta cheese. Bake for 25 to 45 minutes, depending on if you're baking it fresh or frozen from your freezer. Ready in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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Saganaki is a truly tasty and easy-to-make little appetizer. This dish speaks of the simplicity of Greek cuisine.
To make this Greek favorite, use a firm cheese, lemons, flour, and olive oil. We suggest Graviera sheep's cheese, but you can choose a similar product remembering that it needs to hold its shape without melting too fast. Dip medium-to-thick wedges of cheese in cold water and then flour, then pan-fry them in olive oil until golden brown and serve immediately with a good squeeze of lemon on top. Ready in 25 minutes.
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The single most important condiment in Greek cuisine is tzatziki. It's so easy to make, anyone can learn how to prepare it from scratch. It can be used as a simple dip for pita bread, with souvlaki, or in gyros. It's fabulous and versatile.
It won't be long until you've mastered this simple recipe. Peel, seed, and dice cucumbers, the longest part of the preparation process. Add olive oil, greek yogurt, sour cream, fresh herbs, and seasonings. Mix and serve! Ready in 20 minutes.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Lamb is a popular meat in Greek cuisine and one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a hearty stew. The only real work that goes into this dish is to prep the ingredients, but once that's done you simply need to wait for the meat while it gently simmers.
Brown onions and lamb, add tomatoes and water and simmer for an initial 45 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients (potatoes, herbs, and beans) and cook for 30 more minutes. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes before serving. Ready in under 2 hours, you can speed up the cooking time by turning to your pressure cooker.
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One of the quickest ways to enjoy pork Greek-style is Souvlaki, which means "little skewers." This recipe recommends pork shoulder, but use chicken or lamb as well if you'd prefer.
A herby marinade of red wine, olive oil, dry herbs, and garlic works its magic on the meat for 2 to 3 hours. Grill the meat for approximately 10 minutes, turning to get an even cooking. Enjoy it on its own or toss it into a pita with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki for an easy sandwich. Ready in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
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You will often find eggplant in Greek recipes, and quite often it's baked. Melitzanes me feta is one of the easiest recipes and is a perfect use for eggplants. A savory and flavorful mixture of salty feta, sweet basil, aromatic garlic, and ripe and juicy tomatoes cover eggplants in a one-pan dish.
Use good quality olive oil to enhance the natural flavors of the vegetables. This vegetarian dish is a great appetizer or meatless main. Serve with fresh bread. Ready in 1 hour and 5 minutes.
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Lemon and garlic are very common ingredients in the Greek food scene. Use them on chicken in this impressive one-pot main dish. Cooked in the traditional way, our slow-roasted recipe will need about 1 hour and 30 minutes in the oven after a quick preparation in which you simply place chicken, potatoes, herbs, and seasonings in the pot.
Use Greek oregano if you can for a truly Greek flavor. Ready in 1 hour and 45 minutes.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Youvetsi is one of the heartiest stews there is. Use cheap cuts of either beef or lamb, and feed an army with this budget-friendly flavorful dish. Tomatoes and orzo add volume and flavor to the meat stew, while carrots and leeks add sweetness and texture. Cook at a gentle simmer and let the tiny orzo soak up the cooking liquids of tomatoes, wine, and water.
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Olive oil and lemon dress these boiled greens up to make this tasty side dish that is a household staple in Greece. So easy to make, simply select endive or another leafy green that you enjoy, wash, soak, boil, and toss with the oil, juice, and other seasonings. Greens decrease in size when cooked so make sure you use three pounds to get four servings.
This dish is ready to put on the table in 35 minutes.
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Gyros are a classic Greek dish filled with spiced meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, and creamy tzatziki sauce. The meat of your choice—ground beef or lamb—is mixed with spices and seasonings, marinated for an hour, then grilled or pan-fried.
Grab a flatbread, and put a good dollop (or two) of the sauce, add the veggies and meat, then wrap. Have some napkins on hand as these sandwiches are messy, but oh so good! Enjoy with a side of potato salad. Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes.
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This Greek salad is a must to round out any meal. Chopped romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and other veggies are topped with feta cheese and black olives then drizzled with lemon, garlic, and olive oil dressing. We've added a few other veggies to the mix so grip that fork and get some of them in each and every bite. Crunchy, salty, tangy, this salad goes well with meats, moussaka, or all on its own. Ready to savor in 20 minutes.