Enjoying Greek seafood in Mykonos is one of the culinary pleasures of visiting the island. Like much of the country, the sea is everywhere you look so there are many delicious seafood dishes to choose from. While you are in Mykonos, you’ll find the setting is the perfect place to enjoy such a meal.
Seafood dishes in Greece are proudly prepared with quality fresh and local ingredients. There are many variations, depending on the cook. Sometimes fish can be topped with spices and herbs. Usually, a side of our delicious extra-virgin olive oil and fresh wedges of lemon are part of the meal.
Here’s a rundown of some our favorite dishes you will want to order when dining out in beautiful Mykonos.
In Greek, sea bass is lavraki. If you’ve been in the U.S. or western Europe you may have heard it called loup de meror branzino. In Greece, sea bass is one of the most delicious and simple grilled fish dishes. The fish has firm white flesh that holds up very well while cooking. It is served with a Greek dressing of lemon juice and olive oil.
One of the iconic seafood dishes of a Greek island summer is pan-fried calamari or kalamaria tiganita. This squid dish is one of the most recognizable Greek seafood dishes, and it is simple to prepare. In ancient Greece, squid was known as the “fish for the frying pan.” Then, it was served as an appetizer to the main meal. More than two thousand years later, nothing has changed. If you’ll be trying Greek seafood in Mykonos, pan-fried calamari is an excellent starter!
While you are exploring our island, you’ll likely see octopus hanging in the warm afternoon summer sun. That’s an iconic picture on any Greek town by the sea. Octopus is one of the most loved foods in Greece. Greek grilled octopus is tender and flavorful. Sometimes it is marinated in olive oil or rosemary and thyme. When grilled, the otherwise chewy meat is a memorable, melt-in-your-mouth foodie experience!
In Greek, taramasalata or taramosalata is a delicious seafood dip made from the salted and cured roe of the cod, carp, or grey mullet. This meze, or small appetizing dish, is of Turkish influence. Ingredients include the fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, milk and a starchy base of bread or potatoes.
This is one of the Aegean Sea’s most characteristic fish, and Greeks love it! In Greek, the red mullet is barbounia. It is typically served pan fried with lemon. This red fish is very flavorful and they come in many sizes. It is a must try when trying seafood in Mykonos!
Have Greek Seafood in Mykonos at Home
While you are at “home” at the villa, Ernesto can prepare the fresh catches of the day the special Greek way we love. We are sure you’ll love the recipes, too. We buy the fish directly from local fisherman. Along with a bottle of Greek white wine or some ouzo – your Greek seafood experience will be wonderful as you relax with our villa view.
Have you ever had Greek seafood dishes?