Taste of Tuesday: Roasted Shrimp + Feta

I made this dish a few weeks back and it was my very first time cooking with fennel.  I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of the fennel because I wasn't sure if I even liked it.  It was delicious and didn't taste at all like licorice which is what I was worried about.  I served this dish with some delicious garlic french bread and my hubby was soaking up every last drop.  I will definitely make it again soon!! 

Roasted Shrimp with Feta 


4 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups medium-diced fennel
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Pernod (I omitted this because I didn't have any)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds (16 to 20 per pound) peeled shrimp with tails on
5 ounces good feta cheese, coarsely crumbled
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (see note)
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 lemons


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a 10-or 12-inch heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-low heat. Add the fennel and saute for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fennel is tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes with the liquid, tomato paste, oregano, Pernod, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Arrange the shrimp, tails up, in one layer over the tomato-mixture in the skillet. Scatter the feta evenly over the shrimp. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle over the shrimp.

Bake for 15 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the shrimp. Serve hot with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.

 Linking up with: 
Emily and Kate for Tuesday's Recipe Swap
Handmade Tuesday's with Kristen
Let's be Friends Blog Hop with The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide

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  1. Stopping by from the link-up. This looks great! I too have been skeptical about fennel. Maybe this recipe will change my mind.

  2. We were totally on the same wave length with our recipes today!! I love shrimp & I love feta so I'm going to have to try this one out!!

  3. Yummo!! I am not a fennel fan also but looove shrimp! Looks awesome!

  4. yum! i've never made fennel either, but with all those herbs & shrimp - how can you go wrong?

  5. This sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious! A mix of some of my favorite things! Thank you for sharing the recipe, it's posts like this that inspire me to cook a bit more :)

  6. Oh yum, that sounds so good! I love Ina Garten's recipes!

  7. This sounds amazing! I've never cooked with fennel either because of the licorice fear!

  8. I love a good shrimp + feta recipe! I've never cooked with fennel either... glad to hear things went well! I'm going to have to give this one a try soon :)

  9. Ahh feta is my favorite! If only I loved shrimp! I may try chicken with this instead -- and make the shrimp version for my bf.
    xo! Southern Style

  10. Um what the H is Pernod anyways?? Barefoot Contessa and her fancy schmancy food! This looks really good! Using garlic bread to soak it up sounds heavenly!!

  11. Gorgeous dish! Not sure how I feel about shrimp and feta, but if Ina had anything to do with it it's gotta be good right!?

  12. I adore this dish! The shrimp and feta taste so good together! We should totally get together and just cook Ina dishes for each other :)

  13. This is my absolute favorite recipe of all time! Make it as often as I can! I usually omit fennel (and pernod too). xoxo

  14. This looks amazing! Although I'd have to cheat and substitute chicken for the shrimp (dang you allergies!) :-P

  15. Yum!! I had a shrimp fennel recipe recently but my husband wouldn't let me use the fennel bc be was scared it would take like licorice! Now I'm going to have to try this since you said it didn't taste like it

  16. Oh yum! I need to try this out. I always buy crumbled feta cheese and it sits there neglected other than being sprinkled on salads. Thanks for sharing and linking up! :-)