Meatballs Saganaki

Saganaki means anything that is made  using a skillet. We have any kind of saganaki back in Greece, we have cheese saganaki, shrimp saganaki, pork saganaki , fish saganaki etc.
 I used  to find the wide variety in every restaurant in Greece and most of the time  I didn’t know what to choose.
 Last  week my friend Heather reminded me of a traditional shrimp saganaki and so today I have one of our favorites, meatballs saganaki, a delicious recipe that you can accompany with rice, pasta but I prefer a side of fries.  It’s also very common to accompany this dish with grilled vegetables, like zucchinis and eggplants.

(Pictures are from my Greek Food Blog, Captain Cook)


500 g medium ground beef
100 g white uncooked rice
1 egg
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 ripe tomatoes grated or 1 cup diced canned tomatoes.
1 tablespoon  tomato paste
1 bay leaf
Salt - Pepper
200 g crumbled feta cheese
little mint and dried oregano  for serving

How to make

Using a bowl add the ground beef, rice, egg, half the onion, herbs, salt and pepper.
Work the mixture and mold small meatballs, set them in a covered dish and in the refrigerator. 
Place a deep ovenproof skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the remaining onion and when it’s soft  add the tomato paste and stir for 1 -2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, pepper and a little salt (not too much salt because you’ll add the salted feta later on). Add the meatballs, 1/2 cup of water, and when it comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
Sprinkle the food with crumbled feta cheese and bake for 10 minutes. 
Decorate with mint, sprinkle with oregano and serve.



  1. This look so good! I can imagine having this over pasta! Delicious!

  2. This is really good looking. And yes, I can imagine having this with pasta and adding some garlic to it too

  3. Hi Eri,
    This looks fantastic! My mouth is watering!

  4. I love these Eri, the fresh herbs you have in here are so wonderful sounding. I've never made meatballs with that combination of herbs but I'm imagining with the Feta, this must be amazing! I think my mouth is watering more than Asmita's is! :)

  5. My husband and I are a huge of Greek cuisine and I am so glad to have found your blog. The meatballs look so delicious and I enjoyed browsing through your posts. I will be back for more recipes. Lets stay connected.

  6. What beautiful looking meatballs, Eri. What a great family meal. This looks absolutely delicious xx

  7. This looks wonderful. I am sure my family would love this.

  8. My mom used to make meatballs with rice...we called them porcupine meatballs! Yours sound even better!!!

  9. Meatballs and cheese! I am in

  10. Hermosas y exquisitas albóndigas son un éxito en mi casa te han quedado de lujo,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  11. Delicious, I love meatballs and these look gorgeous! I can almost smell the wonderful aroma!

  12. YUM! Would you eat this with pasta or rice? It looks so delicious. I always love dish like this, and my kids love meatballs!


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