Are you planning a traditional Greek Easter menu? Then you need these Greek Easter recipes.
Also called Pascha, Greek Easter is a major religious holiday. And no celebration is complete without a spread of traditional cuisine.
Whether you’re planning a big Greek feast or a small humble gathering, this collection has everything you need.
Favorites like magiritsa, Lazarus bread, and tsoureki couldn’t be more fitting.
You’ll also find modern musts like baklava cheesecake and couscous salad.
From appetizers to desserts, this list has everything you need to plan an unforgettable Easter feast.
Break bread this Easter the Greek way with tsoureki.
This classic Greek Easter bread is a popular holiday staple.
It’s a braided bread reminiscent of brioche, except sweeter. That and it’s adorned with festive red-dyed hard-boiled eggs.
One loaf serves a crowd. So there’s plenty for friends and family.
Start the morning on a light note with koulourakia.
These braided buttery Greek Easter cookies are commonly enjoyed at breakfast with a cup of coffee.
An egg wash gives them a shiny glaze and complementary crunch. While the cookie itself is fluffy and airy.
They’re sweet, but not in a traditional cookie sense. They’re more like a tasty biscuit with a twist of orange.
Spanakopita is one of my faves. The flaky phyllo dough stuffed with a cheesy spinach filling is addicting.
So addicting, it’s easy to turn it into a meal.
It does require a lot of butter, but that’s part of what makes it so delectable.
A big Greek Easter dinner needs a main protein centerpiece.
So make it a mouthwatering showpiece with this Greek-style lamb.
Carve this roast and you’ll find the most succulent, flavorsome, and perfectly cooked lamb you’ve ever had.
The outside has just the right amount of char. While the inside is nothing but juicy.
Do the family a favor and don’t rush the marinating time.
You want to let it fully soak up all those wonderful Greek flavors.
Need an affordable protein that’s a little less formal? Everybody will be all about these chicken skewers.
Chicken souvlaki is a popular Greek street food.
The chicken marinades in a bath of garlic, lemon, oregano, and olive oil. Then it cooks for a handful of minutes on a hot grill.
As an appetizer or for dinner, there’s only one way to serve these skewers. It’s with tzatziki!
Magiritsa is a Greek Orthodox Great Lent tradition. This soup is commonly eaten to break the 40-day fast.
It’s a savory soup of lamb, rice, onions, dill, and an egg-lemon sauce.
Whether you’re fasting or not, it’s a wholesome meal to add to the holiday.
It’s a good thing flaounes are a labor of love. Otherwise, I would be noshing on these all the time!
Sweet and savory, flaounes are a Cypriot tradition. They’re a sweet and savory pastry with an aromatic herb cheese filling.
They yield quite the serving, so it’s a great activity for the whole family.
Every big Easter dinner needs a dessert to match. For Greeks, that means melopita.
This Greek honey pie is like a cross between custard and cheesecake. So you know it’s divine.
The filling consists of ricotta with cinnamon, lemon zest, egg, and honey.
Greek or not, everyone will want a slice. Scratch that, they’ll want two!
Greek giouvetsi is perfect if you want a special meal without the large spread.
It’s a hearty dish featuring beef slowly cooked in a robust sauce with risoni pasta.
You might know risoni by its other popular name: orzo.
No matter what you call it, you should top it with feta or mizithra cheese.
Don’t just settle for store-bought rolls this Easter. Bake something with meaning like Lazarakia.
It’s a small sweet bread shaped like a man to symbolize Lazarus.
Dairy-free and egg-free, it’s also a vegan-friendly bread.
Serve them warm out of the oven. You can also stuff them with dried fruits or nuts.
Bring a bit of cheer to the table with this bright and colorful couscous.
From chicken to lamb, it pairs well with a range of proteins.
The pearl couscous has the best medley of fresh Greek fillings.
It includes olives, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, pine nuts, feta, and pepperoncini.
For a vegan option, omit the feta.
It wouldn’t be Easter without the eggs! Even Greeks have their own Easter egg tradition.
Unlike the typical American pastel and tie-dye eggs, food coloring doesn’t touch these eggs.
Rather, they’re dyed red by boiling them with onion skins and red vinegar.
It’s such a genius idea! It’s natural, affordable, and doesn’t require a trip to the store.
Any time of year is a good time for Greek meatballs. Even Easter!
These beef and pork meatballs have the most wonderful spice blend. They’re herby, garlicky, and savory.
Pair them with the couscous salad, tzatziki, and flatbread.
They feed a family of four, so you might need to double or triple the recipe.
It all depends on the size of your family and their appetite.
For a low-key dinner or filling lunch, this Greek tomato soup is a fine choice.
Fresh or canned, use any tomatoes you like. Just don’t leave out the orzo.
The orzo makes it more substantial. So you’re not left feeling hungry an hour later.
Right before serving, stir in the yogurt and top with basil. Crumbled feta is a nice addition, too.
15. Tzatziki Sauce
No Greek spread is complete without tzatziki. This fresh herbed yogurt sauce is an iconic Greek condiment.
Meatballs, chicken, salmon, or even potatoes, you’ll find plenty of uses for it.
One of my favorite things is to serve it as an appetizer with warm flatbread and veggie sticks.
Plus, it only takes 10 minutes, so there’s really no excuse to not make it.
Cheese lovers, here’s one just for you.
A whole block of fresh Greek feta bakes with cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions.
Season it with herbs and red pepper chili flakes. Be sure to give it a healthy drizzle of olive oil too.
Then grab the pita chips and dig in. This Greek appetizer goes fast.
Bright and citrusy, Greek orange phyllo cake is such a special treat, especially on Easter!
The aromatic orange custard and cinnamon citrus syrup come together for a spectacular bite.
There’s nothing quite like it. Needless to say, you have to give it a try.
19. Greek Pork Chops
If you want flawless Easter pork chops, make them the Greek way.
These have got to be the most flavorful pork chops that exist.
They’re rubbed with olive oil, spices, and herbs. Then they rest for an hour to absorb the flavor.
After that, they’re grilled to perfection and finished off with ladolemono, a Greek lemon oil sauce that’s magnificent.
Zippy, savory, and juicy, these chops deserve a spot right in the center of your Easter feast.
20. Greek Potatoes
There are about a thousand ways to make potatoes. But for Greek Easter, all you need is this one recipe.
These fork-tender baby golds are crispy, creamy, herby, and lemony.
Roast them at a high temperature to yield the best consistency.
Versatile and easy, they pair beautifully with just about anything you serve for Easter dinner.
No, you’re not dreaming. Baklava cheesecake is a real thing!
This has got to be one of the best food mashups ever.
A thick and luscious syrup-drenched cheesecake filling gets encased in filo pastry.
But it’s not just pastry. It’s layers upon layers of pastry brushed with butter and filled with walnuts.
For the finishing touch, decorate the cake with pistachios and rose petals.
A bright salad always looks spectacular on a holiday table. And this one is perfect for a Greek Easter table.
This authentic salad tastes like it came right out of the Mediterranean.
Simple and fresh, horiatiki is a rustic dish with select ingredients.
(Tomatoes, red onions, cumbers, green peppers, and olives to be exact.)
Toss everything in red wine vinegar and olive oil with a pinch of oregano. Then, place a fresh block of feta on top.
Right before you finalize your menu, I have one last dessert that deserves your attention.
It’s called galaktoboureko, which is a traditional Greek custard pie.
If you even vaguely like baklava or custard, it’s 100 percent a must.
It marries flaky phyllo dough with sweet custard, honey, and a perky lemon syrup. And it’s delectable!
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