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12 Traditional Greek Breads

Greece is home to over 70 different varieties of Greek breads, and people enjoy eating them for every meal. 

Pita bread is one of the most popular and well-known Greek bread choices, but it’s by no means the only delicious option they have. 

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If you’re a fan of bread mixed with other ingredients, these Greek breads are an excellent option, as most of them are made with tomatoes, cheese, olives, and other tasty additions.

There aren’t a ton of sweet bread options on this list, but if you’re looking for something savory and scrumptious, I have you covered.

Now, let’s get to it! 

Authentic Greek Pita, Flatbreads, and More!

1. Easy Greek Olive Bread

This bread is the ultimate easy option for beginning bakers. You won’t have to do any kneading, and it requires only one rise instead of the usual two. 

You’ll mix all the ingredients in a bowl, leave the dough to rise, and then cook it in a skillet on the stove.

It’s quick, easy, and comes out so flavorful, thanks to the Kalamata olives and oregano.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for something with an even more robust flavor, try adding a little feta cheese into the mix, as well. 

2. Greek Feta Bread (Tiropsomo)

This bread may look a little flat and thin at first glance. However, its delightful softness and tangy feta taste make up for its lack of thickness. 

It’s incredibly simple to make, requiring fewer than 10 ingredients and featuring easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. 

It tastes terrific as-is, but you can add several other ingredients to the filling to adjust the flavor to suit your preferences.

Some popular additions include caramelized onions, herbs, and peppers.

3. Lagana Flatbread

In Greece, people serve Lagana flatbread only once a year at the beginning of lent, but it tastes so incredible that you’ll want to make it all the time. 

It has a golden-yellow, wonderfully crispy exterior, but the inside is soft, fluffy, airy, and phenomenal. 

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It has a rich, comforting flavor and smells amazing, thanks to both the tahini and white wine.

It’s also a vegan-friendly flatbread that’s perfect for any holiday that requires fasting. 

4. Greek Easter Bread

Greek Easter bread, also called Tsoureki bread, is another popular holiday bread option in Greece.

It’s a lot like brioche bread in taste and texture, but the whole boiled eggs are different.

It’s a huge loaf of bread, and it takes time and effort to make, which is probably why people make it only once a year. 

It’s a lovely braided bread that’s yeasty and just a little sweet. It also comes with brightly dyed red Easter eggs interspersed throughout the dough. 

It’s truly breathtaking and will draw compliments from anyone who sees it, but they won’t all be about how it looks. It tastes great, too.

5. Greek Village Bread

Village bread is one of the many rustic bread varieties you’ll encounter when checking out Greek bread recipes.

It’s a dense, yeasty bread that tastes a lot like sourdough. 

It takes a bit over an hour to make two round loaves of village bread, but you’ll only need seven simple ingredients to prepare them. 

It tastes fantastic eaten warm with a bit of butter or served alongside a rich, brothy soup, as its texture is ideal for sopping up liquid.

6. Ladenia

Ladenia is a spectacular Greek bread that looks more like pizza or some kind of delicious tart than it does bread. Even so, it is bread and amazing bread at that. 

It’s a type of flatbread that you’ll make with only five ingredients: water, yeast, salt, olive oil, and plain flour.

However, all the toppings you pile on top of it are what set it apart from other loaves of bread.

You’ll use tomatoes, onions, olive oil, sea salt, and oregano for a flavorful, herby bread with a unique texture and superb taste. It’s soft, fluffy, and easy to rise. 

Once you try it, you’re sure to want to make it again soon.

7. Greek Pita Bread

This soft, fresh pita bread is a genuine delight for the senses.

It tastes great, smells incredible, and has a wonderful texture that lends itself nicely to every use. 

If you want to use it to make gyros, you can; if you want to dip it into a creamy, herby hummus, you can.

If you want to smear it with peanut butter and call it a sandwich, you can do that, too!

Best of all, you can make it with five vegan-friendly ingredients in less than 40 minutes. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

8. Greek Bread With Oregano and Olive Oil

This dark brown Greek bread is peppered with patches of black, leading some people to believe it’s burnt. In reality, that’s precisely how it should look. 

It’s an interesting bread in every way; its unique appearance is the least of it.

It also has an unbeatable texture that feels like a cracker on the outside but is soft and pillowy on the inside.

The taste, too, is complex. You’ll make it with honey, sugar, olive oil, and oregano – among other things – so it has an intricate sweet and savory flavor that’s hard not to love.

9. Psomi Spitiko

Psomi spitiko literally means “homemade bread” in English, so while the name may sound elaborate and glamorous, it isn’t. 

Neither is this bread. It’s simple homemade bread, and that’s what makes it so good. It’s warm, soft, and comforting in a way that feels like coming home. 

It takes a bit over an hour to create, rise, and bake, and you’ll only need five ingredients (plus sesame seeds if you want them) to make two loaves. 

10. Feta Bread Rolls (Tiropsoma)

These no-knead rolls are crusty, feta-packed, and overflowing with flavor.

They’ll have an almost unbelievable preparation time of just 5 minutes, and you’ll bake them for about 30. 

(Rise time is between an hour to 2 hours.)

They have a lovely golden-brown color and the softest, fluffiest insides that you could imagine.

These make excellent dinner rolls and pair well with proteins, salads, soup, and more. 

Their texture is also great for dipping into wine, salad dressing, soup, or liquid of any kind.

11. Greek Sesame Bread Rings (Koulouri Thessalonikis)

These pretty and exciting sesame bread rings have the texture of an oversized soft pretzel.

The sesame seeds make them fantastically crunchy on the outside, but their centers are soft and chewy.

They’re also just fun to eat. After all, who doesn’t enjoy eating foods shaped like rings?!

You can eat them plain, with butter, or with savory toppings like olives, caramelized onions, or feta. 

Additionally, you can treat them more like sweet bagels, eating them with honey, flavored cream cheese, or other sweeter toppings. 

12. Greek New Year’s Bread (Vasilopita)

And last but certainly not least: Greek New Year’s bread, also known as vasilopita. 

It’s easily the most beautiful bread loaf on the list with its rich chestnut color, soft, white insides, and toasted sesame seed topping. 

The seeds and the crispy edges of the bread give it a satisfying bit of crunch when you first bite into it, but beyond that, it’s like biting into a cloud. It’s that soft. 

And thanks to the sugar and orange zest, it also smells and tastes fantastic. You won’t want to leave this one for New Year’s only.

Once you try it, you’ll want to make it all the time. 

12 Traditional Greek Breads

Get a taste of Greece by serving these traditional Greek breads! From olive to feta to pita, you’ll want to keep these bread recipes in your arsenal.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

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