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21 Delicious Foods to Eat in Santorini

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Santorini is known for its delicious Mediterranean cuisine. With its freshly caught seafood, locally grown vegetables (tomatoes and aubergines come to me), and traditional Greek dishes.


Some must-try foods on Santorini island include grilled octopus (that you will find in every restaurant and taverna), fava bean dip, tomato fritters (some of my favorites), moussaka, and the famous Greek salad.


Don't forget to indulge in local wine (yes, Santorini produces its own wine, and it is delicious) and finish your meal with a sweet treat like baklava or loukoumades.


If you have never tried Greek Food, don't worry; you will love it while visiting Santorini.


Like most of the rest of the world, also in Greece, there are national and local recipes.


While in Santorini, you will find many of the national dishes, and if you don't know them, have a look at my article "39 Food and Drinks to Try in Greece," and if you like sweets, read "20 Most Amazing Sweets You Have to Try in Greece" to have a better idea about all the most delicious Greek dishes.


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In this article, I listed all the local Santorini dishes you cannot miss to try. They are all made with local ingredients, and I believe they are the best way to know the island as it deserves.



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1. Greek Yogurt:

If you are a yogurt lover like me, you will love the Greek one.

It is so creamy and delicious and trusts me that Greek yogurt in Greece is very different from the Greek yogurt you can buy in any supermarket worldwide.


In Greece, it has an entirely different level of goodness.

It is perfect alone, with some sweet local honey and maybe some nuts.

It doesn't matter how you eat it. It is going to be delicious every time.

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2. Spanakopita:

Spanakopita is a delicious savory local spinach pie, perfect for lunch, dinner, or a quick snack anytime.


It is made with spinach (of course), parsley, onions, garlic, dry dill, eggs, and feta cheese, all wrapped up in light layers of phyllo pastry.


Then it all goes to the oven to be perfectly baked.

This is a must-try while in Santorini. You can get it in local restaurants but also a local bakery. It is the perfect solution for a healthy and very cheap meal.

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3. Tiropita:

Tiropita is a cheese pie made with layers of phyllo pastry and a delicious mix of eggs and cheese. You can find it in most bakeries and local lunch spots. It is very filling and highly cheap (1,20 euros).


When it is made with kasseri cheese, it is called kasseropita.



4. Kolokithokeftedes:

If you like courgettes/zucchini, you will love this Greek dish.

Kolokithokeftedes is fried courgette balls, the perfect starter for your meal or as a main course.


I liked them so much that I had them as a main course.

You can find them in every local restaurant, and they are always delicious (I loved them with some tzatziki sauce on the side).



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5. Tomatokeftedes:

Another excellent "meze" is the Tomatokeftedes.

They are fried tomato croquettes from Santorini.


They are made with tomatoes pureed, flour, herbs, spices, onion, parsley, mint, salt, and black peppers, all mixed to create a dough and then deep-fried.


Better served with Tzatziki (honestly, while in Greece, you will eat a lot of Tzatziki, it goes with everything).


 

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6. Keftes/Kofta:

Keftes is a way to call different things, like croquettes, fritters, or patties, made with vegetables and other ingredients. While the Kofta is made with meat.


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7. Greeks olives:

Greece is a paradise for olive lovers. Here you will find so many different types of olives that you will eat a different one every day during your vacation.


You will get them as aperitivo while you wait for your meal at a restaurant or as part of a local dish.

Travel Tip: They also sell olives in vacuum bags so you can bring some home as souvenirs for yourself and your family.

This could be the perfect souvenir for an olive lover.

 
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8. Saganaki:

In Greek, Saganaki means a wide variety of dishes prepared in a frying pan, the most famous and known is the fried cheese served with a slice of lemon.


I had it more than once, and it was served with a spicy sauce instead of lemon.


The cheese used to prepare this delicious Saganaki is the Graviera, but you can use different hard cheeses that melt beautifully. While in Santorini, try the Saganaki Prawns, a real delicacy.


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9. Choriatiki or Greek Salad:

One of the most famous salads is the Greek salad; honestly, who doesn't love it?

I had it almost every day while visiting Greece.


It was my favorite lunch on the beach or to keep myself light while exploring. If you don't know this salad, here are the ingredients:

Tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh onions, olives, feta cheese, green peppers, olive oil, and much oregano.


Also, try the Santorini salad, a Greek salad made with capers and Chlorotyri cheese.

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10. Moussaka:

Moussaka is a must to try while in Greece. It is delicious and very filling.

If you order one portion for yourself, you won't probably be able to eat anything else after it (or maybe you will; I couldn't).


It is made with eggplants or potatoes, tomatoes, ground meat sauce (like Italian bolognese ragu), bechamel sauce, cheese, onions, garlic, and cinnamon.

It is like an Italian lasagna, but instead of pasta, there are aubergines, absolutely yummy!



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11. Chlorotyri:

Chlorotyri is a delicious goat cheese produced only in Santorini, and you cannot find it anywhere else because it is produced only in small quantities by local producers.


The taste is a bit sour, and it is very creamy. You can find it in the Santorini salad (the Santorini version of the Greek salad, but with the addition of Chlorotyri cheese and capers).


You can also buy it in some local food shops. I advise eating it spread on pita bread with some veggies on the side.

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12. Dolmades:

This very particular Ottoman dish is made in different ways.

They can be made with rice, rice and meat, fish, vegetables, or fruits, wrapped up with leaves, usually with grape ones, and in cabbage leaves.


They are delicious and filling.
My favorite way to eat them is by dipping them in Tzatziki sauce.

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13. Souvlaki:

Souvlaki is the most famous Greek street food.

It is small pieces of grilled meat on a skewer. The original recipe is pork. But you can find it made with chicken, lamb, fish like swordfish, and vegetables.


It is usually marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, and oregano and then grilled, ready for you to eat straight away, in the street, or seated with a good fresh glass of beer.

They are usually served with fries, rice, or fresh vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions) and the delicious Tzatziki sauce.


A very cheap way to have a healthy lunch while exploring Greece.

 

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14. Gyros:

Gyros is one of the things that will save your wallet while in Greece. You can find it everywhere. It is delicious, healthy, and crazy cheap.


Gyros is a sandwich made with pita bread and grilled meat, including pork, chicken, beef, or lamb (previously marinated with Greek herbs), fresh onions, fries, and tzatziki sauce.

The cheapest one I ate was in Athens, and it cost me only 2 euros, in Santorini the price is between 2.50-4.00 euros.

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15. Fava Me Koukia:


Fava Me Koukia has local fava beans, onion, capers, and tomatoes all mixed together till it gets a creamy texture.

You can eat it as it is or with pita bread.

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16. Kleftiko:

Kleftiko is a straightforward but delicious Greek dish. It is made with lamb marinated with olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs and then wrapped in baking paper with onions and potatoes. Then roasted very slowly until it is so tender you can break it with a spoon.



17. Apochti:

An air-dried pork loin that has been previously salted and placed in vinegar.


They also add peppers and cinnamon to it to give it a particular taste. This meat is used in many local recipes, and it is delicious.



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18. Popoutsakia:


Popoutsakia is a delicious stuffed eggplant with ground meat, tomatoes, cheese, onion, garlic, eggs, bell peppers, herbs, and spices.

You can find them in many local restaurants. They are healthy and delicious.


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19. White Eggplants:


Santorini's eggplant is white and looks like an egg that grows on a plant. The color is due to the volcanic soil, the taste is very intense, and fewer seeds are inside.


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20. Santorini wine:


Santorini is one of Greece's most famous wine regions, so while on the island, you cannot miss trying the delicious wine locals produce.


Thanks to the climate and volcanic soil, Santorini wines will surprise you with a unique taste. The most famous is the Vinsanto Wine, made with white grapes harvested later than usual, sun-dried, and aged in oak barrels for at least two years.



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21. Santorini beer:


Greece produces excellent beer, and while in Santorini, you should try (if you like) the Santorini Brewing Company beers that make the famous Crazy Doney Beer, the first IPA (India Pale Ale) produced in Greece.


I love the names, and you will surely love the beers.

There are five beers to choose from:

  • Crazy Donkey (the first one produced),

  • Red Donkey (red beer with a tropical taste that comes in a champagne bottle),

  • Yellow Donkey (citrus flavour),

  • White Donkey (Weiss beer with citrus flavours that has a limited production)

  • Slow Donkey (produced only once or twice a year in a limited number, gets its unique taste because it gets matured in oak barrels previously used for the Santorininian Assyrtiko grapes).


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