Turkish Saffron Shrimp

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Turkish Saffron Shrimp dish

Last Summer I spent some time in Antalya, Turkey and by chance found the most delightful little restaurant. It is called Balıkçı Meyhanesi Kaleiçi and as I was with friends we decided to order everything family style. One dish that completely caught me by surprise was their Turkish saffron shrimp dish…so I asked the chef for the recipe and thankfully he provided!

The dish itself is quite simple, and doesn’t even look that impressive. It was served in a stone dish with some fresh bread. I think my recreation does the recipe justice, although my shrimps were a bit smaller than what the restaurant serves.

authentic Turkish Saffron Shrimp from a restaurant in Antalya

How To Make Turkish Saffron Shrimp

shrimp in cream

In a large bowl add about 200 grams of shrimp with a cup of heavy cream. Add in three cloves of minced garlic and finally a pinch of salt. Then give the bowl a good stir.

saffron container

In a pan on medium high heat melt two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of butter. When everything is combined sprinkle in a pinch of saffron and some red chili flakes. You don’t need a lot of saffron to really permeate this dish. I probably used less than 20 strands.

adding feta cheese to the Turkish Saffron Shrimp

Turn the heat to the lowest setting and add the shrimp mixture. Give everything a stir and then stir in a 1/4 cup of tangy white cheese like a Feta. When the cheese is combined turn off the heat.

stirring the Turkish Saffron Shrimp

I add a few more strands of saffron to make the dish more yellow, and then crack in some black pepper to taste. Tip the contents of the pan into an oven safe baking dish and place in the oven at 220 Celsius for 5 minutes. Garnish with some chopped green onion and of course fresh bread.

Turkish Saffron Shrimp

I learned this authentic recipe for Turkish saffron shrimp from a chef in Antalya. It's one of my favorite things to share before having a full meal.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Tapas
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword: Saffron, Seafood, Shellfish, Turkish Food
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 396kcal
Cost: $5


  • Bowl
  • Pan
  • Ceramic Dish (to bake and serve)


  • 200 grams Shrimp aka prawns. Original recipe had big ones, I made it with small. Up to you what size to pick.
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Feta Cheese aka tangy white cheese. About 30 grams.
  • 1 pinch Saffron a little goes a long way
  • 1 pinch Red Chili Flakes
  • Black Pepper freshly cracked, to taste
  • Salt to taste


  • In a bowl mix together the shrimp, heavy cream, garlic, and a pinch of salt.
  • In a pan on medium high heat add the butter and oil and let melt. Sprinkle in the saffron and red chili flakes, and before the saffron burns tip in the bowl of shrimp/cream.
  • Add in the white cheese and stir until it melts. Season with some black pepper to taste and a little more saffron if the color isn't as yellow as you like it. Turn off the heat and let rest for a couple minutes.
  • Add the contents of the pan into an oven safe baking / serving dish and place in an oven at 220 Celsius for 5 minutes on the top rack. If you have the broil function or a salamander use that.
  • Garnish with some green onion and serve with some fresh bread. Enjoy!


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 231mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 94mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg
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