Best Greek Seafood Dishes to Try
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Given that the country of Greece has so much coastline, it makes sense that seafood is an incredibly common part of the cuisine. Seafood here is ultra fresh, and the daily haul that fishermen bring in is highly regarded. Often, they don’t even have a chance to remove the fish from the boat, as local families and restaurant owners are often waiting for the boat when it arrives. The fresher the fish is, the better.
As a result of this, there are some memorable and delicious Greek recipes that are part of the cuisine. Some of these recipes may call for fish that aren’t entirely available where you live. Rather than go through a lot to find the exact seafood, you’re much better off substituting for this seafood that you can find locally.
Here is a look at some of the best seafood recipes Greek cuisine has to offer:
Plaki Baked Fish
Plaki is one of the most popular ways to prepare fish that Greek cuisine has to offer. This recipe can be used with any type of fish that is available, but the most common types of fish tend to be delicate flavored white fish such as tilapia, cod, or haddock, but this all depends on where you live. You can use stronger tasting fish such as mackerel, blue fish, or even salmon to make place with good results.
Greek style fish stew is also an incredibly popular dish. In fact, this is often what fishermen eat while they are out catching fish. Many boats are equipped with a small stove and they often use some of whatever they were able to catch while out in the sea. Fish stews can be simple or complex and all depend on what ingredients are available. Our recipe is pretty typical.
Lobster with Oil and Lemon
Lobster that is found in Greece is much different than those that are available in the United States. Both are equally delicious, just in a different way. You can use whichever type of lobster you have available for this recipe. It is a simple preparation that incorporates one of the most popular dressings in Greek cuisine – ladolemono, which is made from olive oil and lemon juice.
Braised Octopus in Tomato Sauce
While in coastal areas in Greece, chances are pretty good that you will bump into restaurants and even households that have octopus hanging outside to dry. This is part of the long process freshly caught lobster undergoes and the sea around Greece is filled with this seafood. Braising it in a savory tomato sauce is one of the most popular ways to make it.
There are many different types of pilafi in Greek cuisine. Made with rice, you can use any extra ingredients that you have on hand, such as vegetables or meats. You can also make it with seafood! This recipe is pretty typical of a Greek-style seafood pilafi, but you might want to substitute the fish depending on what you have available.
Baked Fresh Sardines
Sardines are fairly common in Greece and they are prepared in a variety of ways. While they are also commonly fried, this baked version is equally as delicious. If you can’t find fresh sardines, you can substitute for a similar type of fish, such as fresh anchovies or fresh, small mackerel.
As you can see, there are a lot of great seafood dishes as part of Greek cuisine. You can’t go wrong with any of them!
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