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Greek Food Obsession: 8 Recipes from Greek Cuisine You Need to Try!

From creamy and light tzatziki to crunchy and sweet baklava, check out the best and most delicious Greek food recipes below!

traditional-authentic-greek-food-cuisine-easy-recipes-baklavaTraditional Greek food has always been about soulful, wholesome food, packed with tons of flavor and nutrition! From crunchy courgette balls to the crispy & sweet baklava, we have the easiest Greek food recipes for you!

Best Greek Food Recipes

Experience the taste of the Greek islands right from your home with these easy Greek recipes below!

Baklava Recipe

traditional-greek-cuisine-greece-food-recipe-desserts-baklava-phyllo-pastryOne of the classic Greek dishes and my personal favorite dessert is the Baklava. A sweet & crispy pastry with light flaky layers of nuts and honey! Yum! My mouth’s watering already! Check out an easy recipe for this popular Greek festival food from Allrecipes on YouTube.

Prep time: 20 mins; Baking time: 50 mins; Total: 1 hour 10 mins

  • Chopped nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachios (1 pound)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Phyllo dough (1 pack/16 ounce)
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest

Preheat your oven to 175° C or 350° F and butter your baking dish. Toss together the cinnamon and nuts. Now place two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the buttered dish and brush some butter over it. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top of the phyllo dough and repeat layers until all the ingredients are used. Then, cut through the baklava vertically and diagonally to form diamond shapes.

Bake in the preheated oven until it turns golden brown and crisp, which would be about 50 minutes. While the baklava is baking, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Stir in the honey, vanilla and lemon zest, lower the reduce heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Once the baklava is cooked, take it out of the oven and pour the syrup all over it!

Courgette Balls (Kolokythokeftedes)

best-easy-traditional-authentic-greek-food-cuisine-recipes-zucchini-feta-balls-kolokythokeftedesA popular appetizer in Greek cuisine, they’re incredibly easy considering how delicious they are! These zucchini and feta balls taste even better when dipped into tzatziki. So check out this quick and simple Greek food recipe from Closetcooking.

Preparation time: 15 mins; Cooking time: 10 mins; Total time: 25 mins

  • ½ cup flour
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated and drained
  • ¼ cup of crumbled feta
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • 1 handful of minced herbs (mint, dill and parsley)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mix together the zucchini, feta, garlic, onion, herbs and egg and season with salt and pepper. Now add in enough flour and breadcrumbs to the mixture to form balls. Once you’ve made the balls, dust them in flour. Fry them in oil until they turn golden brown and serve hot with tzatziki (keep reading to know how to make this popular Greek food dip!).

Tzatziki

greek-cuisine-food-sauce-dip-tzatziki-zucchini-feta-cheeseA light and fresh traditional greek food sauce, usually served with grilled meat. But of course, you can have it with anything and everything! Learn how to make your very own tzatziki with this easy Greece food recipe by Foodnetwork.

Prep time: 5 mins; Cooking time: – ; Total time: 5 mins

  • 1 cup Greek whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, seeded, grated and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • Kosher salt or sea salt
  • Black pepper

Whisk together the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill in a bowl. Then season with pepper & salt and chill! That’s all it takes to make a delicious Greek dip!

Baked Fish (Psari Plaki)

greek-island-isles-traditional-easy-recipes-psari-plaki-baked-fishA super easy and super yummy traditional Greek recipe using black grouper fish, a popular Greek food staple! Also known as psari plaki (a word used to describe Greek dishes baked in the oven with veggies and olive oil), this recipe by Geniuskitchen will leave you wanting more!

Prep time: 20 mins; Baking time: 40 mins; Total: 1 hr

  • 2 lbs fresh black grouper fillets, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes with juices drained
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup minced parsley, minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons small capers
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup oil (olive)
  • Kalamata olives

Firstly, preheat your oven to 375°F. Place the fish pieces in a metal baking pan or tray and sprinkle a bit of salt over it. Now combine all the remaining ingredients, except the wine and olive oil, and distribute on top of the fish. Then pour the wine and oil all over it and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Green Bean Casserole (Fassolakia Freska)

easy-traditional-greek-food-recipesgreen-bean-casserole-fassolakia-freskaAn extremely popular Greek food staple especially when green beans are fresh and in season! Make this traditional Greek isles dish at home with this recipe by Greekboston.

Preparation time: 15 mins; Cooking time: 40 mins; Total time: 50 mins

  • 2 pounds green beans, ends trimmed
  • ½ cup Greek olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Pour the oil into a skillet and set it on medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes or until they turn soft. Now add the garlic and saute for another minute. Then add in the potatoes and carrots and cook for about a minute. Now stir in the tomato paste until it is dissolved and add the tomatoes, water, and green beans. Set the heat to a medium-high, cover the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Then lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the beans are tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Season with parsley, salt, and pepper and top with feta cheese!

Tomato Fritters (Domatokeftdes)

easy-greek-food-recipes-tomato-fritters-domatokeftdesA Greek restaurant fave and totally easy to make are tomato fritters or domatokeftdes. Make this super popular traditional Greek food with this easy recipe by Thespruce.

Prep time: 10 mins; Cooking time: 10 mins; Total time: 20 mins

  • 4 finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 grated zucchinis
  • 1 grated onion
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1/2 bunch chopped parsley
  • 1/2 bunch chopped mint
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Sunflower oil or canola oil for fryingeasy-simple-greek-food-recipes-domatokeftdes-tomato-fritters

Combine all the ingredients except flour and oil in a bowl. Then add enough flour to form a thick batter. In a non-stick frying pan, pour and heat 1/2 to 3/4 inch of oil. Once the oil is hot, scoop the batter by using a tablespoon, drop into the oil, a spoonful at a time and fry until it’s browned. If you want the fritters to be more shapely, you can also set aside flat discs, 2 inches in diameter, and set aside before frying. Turn once to make sure it’s brown on both sides. Then take them out and place them on absorbent paper towels to soak up the oil. Serve with tzatziki and red wine!

Greek Country Salad (Horiatiki Salata)

easy-greek-island-food-recipes-horiatiki-salata-country-saladLearn how to make the country’s fresh & healthy signature salad dish with this easy Greek food recipe inspired by Sbs.

Preparation time: 10 mins; Cooking time: – ; Total time: 10 mins

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 400 g grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 chopped cucumbers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 150 g feta, cut into cubes
  • Salt to taste

For the dressing, whisk together the oil, vinegar and oregano. In another bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and season with salt. Pour the dressing over it and toss the salad gently to combine all the ingredients. Munch on them with a side of tzatziki or tirokafteri, which is a feta cheese dip! You can also try variations of Greek country salad by adding paprika croutons or pita chip croutons.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)

traditional-greek-cuisine-recipe-avgolemono-lemon-chicken-soupAlso known as avgolemono, this Greek food dish is almost like a hearty meal in a soup bowl! Read this easy Greek food recipe by Geniuskitchen.

Prep time: 5 mins; Cooking time: 15-20 mins; Total: 20-25 mins

  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon rind

Combine chicken broth and cream of chicken soup in a large pot and stir on medium heat. Then add in the rice, chicken, lemon juice and lemon rind. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice becomes tender.

So those were the best traditional Greek recipes and Greek fast food recipes to try and enjoy! Which of these Greek food recipes are your favorite? Tell us by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
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