Shrimp Saganaki Sandwich with Feta, Kalamata Olives, and Olive Oil

Shrimp Saganaki Greek Hero Sandwich

A Greek recipe to match the much-loved lobster roll? Oh yes! And it's for a Greek hero... filled with shrimp saganaki!
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  • Shrimp Saganaki Greek Hero Sandwich
  • ¼ cup Greek extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes preferably fresh but canned (and drained) are fine, too
  • 2 tablespoons ouzo
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 cups small preferably fresh, shrimp, peeled, deveined, heads and tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2/3 cup crumbled Greek feta
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • Red pepper flakes to taste, optional
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 sourdough or whole grain hero rolls 2 pieces of baguette, 5 – 6 inches (10 – 14 cm) long, or any other bread or pita-type wrap of choice


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large deep skillet or heavy shallow, wide pot over medium heat. Sauté the onions and scallions in the oil until soft and glistening, about 8 minutes, stirring. Add the garlic and stir to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, ouzo, star anise, and mustard. Stir to combine. Cook until the alcohol in the ouzo has burned off and most of the liquid let off from the tomatoes has evaporated, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp, raise the heat a bit and cook until the shrimp are bright pink and cooked, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the olives and feta and cook all together for about a minute, or until the feta just begins to melt. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon zest, and hot pepper flakes and stir in the parsley. Remove the star anise.
  4. Place a heavy skillet or griddle over medium-high heat on top of the stove. Brush the bread of your choice with the remaining olive oil and briefly warm on the open-faced side in the hot skillet. Fill each piece of bread with half the shrimp saganaki mixture and serve.

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