Sit under the shade of a tree in a picturesque Greek restaurant by the sea, grab a glass of wine or ouzo, and let locals guide you through a wide list of traditional Greek seafood dishes, all made of good quality fresh ingredients, topped with the appropriate doze of spices and herbs, and flooded with the famous Greek olive oil.
We urge you, though, not to try to repeat the whole concept, preparing the exact same meals with the exact same drinks, when you return home. Because this kind of experience is something like a ritual and cannot, and should not, be copied and repeated. You can only feel it when visiting Greece.
Greek Reporter will help you organize all the essential information before your journey. Let’s start now, discovering together the 10 seafood dishes you should not miss during your stay!
If you want to feel the real taste of the juicy Greek sea, try to sip the salty broth coming from these delicious mussels. The dark blue shells are scrupulously scrubbed and cleaned before being cooked in tomato sauce and feta cheese. The color of the female mussels is orange, while male mussels are light yellow. This tasty dish is extremely popular, mainly in the fish restaurants of northern Greece.
Greek Shrimp Saganaki
Greek shrimp saganaki, usually prepared in a small, two-handle heavy bottomed frying pan, called a saganaki or sagani, can be served as a starter or appetizer and is actually quite filling. According to the beloved traditional recipe, the shrimps should first be sautéed in delicious Greek olive oil, deglazed with traditional Greek ouzo drink, then poured into a spicy tomato sauce and finished off with fresh herbs and salty feta cheese, before they are ready to be served in pipping hot ceramic bowls.
Greek Lobster Pasta
This classic summer dish that represents Greek nouveau cuisine will successfully deliver all the Mediterranean aromas in your plate. The Aegean Sea hosts several tasty lobsters that are fabulously combined with any type of fresh pasta. The lobster pasta sauce is usually made of garlic, onions and fresh tomatoes with the magic addition of a splash of wine and a pinch of star anise.
Greek Crispy Fried Squid
This is one of the most popular Greek meals that is served in every fish tavern (psarotaverna) in Greece during the summertime. For the crispy fried calamari rings, flour and seasoning mix are enough to do the trick. Try it with a wedge of lemon and a traditional Greek salad, and realize why it is considered by many to be the best Greek summer food.
Greek Sea Bass
Greek sea bass (Lavraki) is a very popular dish on the island of Cephalonia. Sea bass is lovely on the grill, filled with garlic and herbs, and baked-wrapped in greaseproof paper.
Greek Fried Anchovies
Anchovies are very tasty and healthy, and are one of the cheapest fish in Greece. It’s a perfect option for those who suffer from heart problems as anchovies offer Omega 3 fatty acids and the olive oil Omega 9 fatty acids.
Greek Cod With Garlic Sauce
This fish dish dates back to times were salt was used as a food preservative as refrigeration was not an option. Today, cod fritters are a very popular dish in Greece throughout the year. They are made with salty cod fish that is previously soaked in water for at least 48 hours in order to leach the salt.
Greek Cuttlefish With Spinach
Cuttlefish with spinach is a popular Greek recipe that is known for its pure ingredients and can be cooked easily and quickly. While spinach offers lots of iron and cuttlefish provides protein, fresh dill, bay leaves, Greek olive oil and fresh tomato and lemon juice make the difference to your palate.
Greek Octopus With Pasta
Octopus with pasta is an all-time classic Greek dish. The combination of a juicy octopus with the essential sharpness of the tomato sauce and red wine, as well as the al dente pasta, is simply incredible. Pair this dish with fresh bread, a delicious Greek salad and a glass of ouzo and you won’t regret it.
Greek Crab SaladThe delightful taste of the Mediterranean Sea comes alive in this irresistible Greek traditional dish. The main ingredients of this fabulous crab salad are crab meat, of course, along with generous amounts of mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomato, onion, white wine and aromatic herbs. Don’t be too excited, though, because that’s the simpler recipe you can get. Ask for advice from locals while visiting one of the beautiful Greek islands this summer and try to convince them to reveal to you their true culinary secrets about this salad.