Gardies Pilafi - Authentic Greek Shrimp With Rice Recipe

Gardies Pilafi - Shrimp With Rice

Gardies Pilafi - Authentic Greek Shrimp With Rice Recipe
Region / culture: Greece | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Gardies Pilafi - Shrimp With Rice
Gardies Pilafi - Shrimp With Rice

Gardies Pilafi is a delicious Greek dish that combines succulent shrimp with flavorful rice. This dish is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.


Gardies Pilafi has its roots in Greek cuisine, where seafood is a staple. The combination of shrimp and rice is a classic pairing that has been enjoyed for generations.


How to prepare

  1. In a skillet, sauté the onion in olive oil until it turns golden brown.
  2. Next, combine all the remaining ingredients, cover the skillet, and let it simmer until the water is fully absorbed.
  3. This recipe yields 6 servings.


  • Add diced bell peppers or olives for extra flavor.
  • Use different types of seafood, such as scallops or mussels.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to sauté the onion until it turns golden brown to bring out its sweetness.

- Use fresh shrimp for the best flavor and texture.

- Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Gardies Pilafi can be served with a side of Greek salad and crusty bread.

Cooking Techniques

Simmering and sautéing are the main cooking techniques used in this recipe.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use chicken or tofu instead of shrimp for a vegetarian version of this dish.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the rice mixture ahead of time and reheat it before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Gardies Pilafi in individual bowls garnished with fresh herbs.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Gardies Pilafi with a crisp white wine, such as a Greek Assyrtiko.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gardies Pilafi contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Gardies Pilafi contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Gardies Pilafi contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Gardies Pilafi contains approximately 20 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Gardies Pilafi is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium.


This recipe contains shellfish (shrimp) and may not be suitable for individuals with shellfish allergies.


Gardies Pilafi is a nutritious dish that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Gardies Pilafi is a flavorful and satisfying dish that is perfect for seafood lovers. Enjoy this Greek-inspired recipe with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I vividly recall the moment I first laid eyes on this recipe for Gardies Pilafi - Shrimp with Rice. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria in her cozy kitchen. Maria was a wonderful cook, and I always loved watching her prepare delicious Greek dishes.

On this particular day, Maria was making Gardies Pilafi, a traditional Greek dish that she learned from her grandmother. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the tantalizing aroma of garlic, onions, and shrimp sizzling in a pan. My mouth watered as Maria stirred the ingredients together with fragrant herbs and spices.

Maria noticed my interest in her cooking and invited me to join her in preparing the dish. She handed me a wooden spoon and began to explain the recipe to me in her gentle voice.

"To make Gardies Pilafi, you will need fresh shrimp, long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, and a blend of Greek herbs and spices," Maria said. "The key to this dish is to sauté the shrimp until they are pink and tender, then mix them with the cooked rice and vegetables to create a flavorful and satisfying meal."

As Maria guided me through the recipe, I listened intently and watched her every move. I was fascinated by her skillful hands as she chopped, stirred, and seasoned the ingredients with precision and care. She shared stories of her grandmother, who had passed down the recipe to her with love and pride.

"Every time I make Gardies Pilafi, I feel connected to my roots and the rich culinary traditions of my family," Maria said with a smile. "It's a dish that brings back memories of shared meals and laughter around the table."

I was captivated by Maria's passion for cooking and the way she infused each dish with a sense of history and heritage. I knew that I wanted to learn more about Gardies Pilafi and the stories behind it.

After a few hours of cooking and chatting, Maria and I sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The Gardies Pilafi was a symphony of flavors and textures, with plump shrimp, fluffy rice, and a medley of vegetables that danced on my taste buds.

As I savored each bite, I felt a sense of connection to my friend and to the generations of Greek women who had perfected this recipe over time. I knew that I had to carry on the tradition and share Gardies Pilafi with my own family and friends.

Over the years, I have made Gardies Pilafi countless times, each batch a tribute to Maria and her grandmother. I have added my own twists and variations to the recipe, experimenting with different ingredients and techniques to create a dish that is uniquely my own.

But no matter how I tweak the recipe, the heart and soul of Gardies Pilafi remain the same. It is a dish that speaks of love, tradition, and the joy of sharing good food with the people we care about.

As I sit here in my kitchen, stirring a pot of sizzling shrimp and fragrant rice, I am filled with gratitude for the culinary journey that led me to Gardies Pilafi. It is a recipe that has enriched my life in more ways than I can count, and I look forward to passing it down to future generations with the same love and reverence that Maria showed me all those years ago.


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