35 Feta Cheese Recipes

Feta, a tangy, salty and crumbly cheesy delight, takes centre stage in a variety of delicious dishes. In this post, I not only showcase some of the best feta cheese recipes but also delve into what makes feta cheese so special. Learn about the different types of feta cheese, from creamy Bulgarian to briny Greek, and get ready to try some delicious recipes.

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What Is Feta Cheese?

Feta is a tangy, crumbly cheese known for its unique flavour and texture. It’s usually made from sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, or a combination of both.

  • Flavour: Feta cheese has a distinct tangy and slightly salty flavour that sets it apart from other cheeses. This unique taste comes from the lactic acid produced during the fermentation process. It’s this tang that makes it a favourite in salads and Mediterranean dishes.
  • Texture: Feta’s texture is another star feature. It’s crumbly, yet creamy when you take a bite. This delightful texture makes it a versatile ingredient in both cooking and garnishing.
  • Milk Mix: Traditionally, feta is made with sheep’s milk or a blend of sheep’s and goat’s milk. However, you’ll also find variations made with cow’s milk. The type of milk used can influence the cheese’s flavor and texture. Sheep’s milk feta tends to be creamier, while goat’s milk feta can be a bit tangier.
  • Brine or Not: Feta can be stored in brine, which is a solution of salt and water. This helps preserve its freshness and flavor. When you buy feta in brine, it has that characteristic salty kick.
  • Versatile Uses: Feta’s unique taste and texture make it incredibly versatile in the kitchen. It’s equally at home crumbled over salads, baked into pastries, or used to stuff vegetables. You can even grill it for a warm, melty treat. Plus, it pairs beautifully with flavours like olives, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
Feta cheese recipes: tomato salad

Types Of Feta Cheese

Let’s explore some of the common types of feta cheese, each with its unique characteristics:

Greek Feta:

  • Milk: Traditionally made from sheep’s milk or a blend of sheep’s and goat’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and crumbly.
  • Flavour: Tangy, quite salty, and slightly briny.
  • Uses: Popular in Greek salads, pastries like spanakopita, and as a table cheese.

Bulgarian Feta:

  • Milk: Primarily made from sheep’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and crumbly, similar to Greek feta.
  • Flavor: Mild and slightly tangy.
  • Uses: A staple in Bulgarian cuisine, used in salads, pastries, and as a breakfast cheese.

French Feta:

  • Milk: Often made from cow’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamier and less crumbly compared to Greek feta.
  • Flavor: Milder and less tangy.
  • Uses: Used in French salads and dishes where a milder cheese flavor is desired.

Danish Feta:

  • Milk: Usually made from cow’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and slightly crumbly, smoother than Greek feta.
  • Flavour: Mild with a hint of tanginess.
  • Uses: Commonly used in sandwiches, wraps, and as a topping for baked dishes.

Israeli Feta:

  • Milk: Often made from a combination of cow’s and goat’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and slightly crumbly.
  • Flavor: Mildly tangy with a subtle saltiness.
  • Use: Featured in Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine, including salads, pastries, and mezze platters.

American Feta

  • Milk: Typically made from cow’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and crumbly, similar to Greek feta.
  • Flavor: Varies but often mild and slightly tangy.
  • Use: Used in a wide range of dishes, including salads, sandwiches, and omelets.

Persian Feta

  • Milk: Typically made from sheep’s milk or a blend of sheep’s and goat’s milk.
  • Texture: Creamy and spreadable.
  • Flavor: Mild and less tangy compared to traditional feta.
  • Preparation: It’s often marinated in olive oil and herbs, which gives it a unique taste and a softer texture.
  • Use: Persian Feta is wonderful as a spread or dip. It’s commonly served with bread, crackers, or as part of a mezze platter. The marinating oil often adds additional flavors like garlic, herbs, and sometimes spices.

Marinated Feta

  • Marinated Feta can be found in various regions around the world, and its preparation can vary.
  • Milk: The base cheese can vary, but it’s often cow’s milk feta.
  • Texture: Creamy and may retain some of the original feta’s crumbliness.
  • Flavour: The marinating process infuses the cheese with flavors from the marinade, which can range from herbs and spices to garlic and chili flakes.
  • Preparation: Feta is cubed or left in larger chunks and then immersed in a mixture of olive oil, herbs, spices, and sometimes citrus zest or juice. The marinating process can take several days, allowing the cheese to absorb the flavours.
  • Uses: Marinated Feta is a versatile ingredient and a flavourful addition to salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, and antipasto platters. The marinating oil can also be used as a dressing or dip.

Mexican Feta Cheese

A Mexican version of feta cheese is less common, as traditional feta is not a traditional cheese in Mexican cuisine. However, there are Mexican cheeses with flavours and textures somewhat reminiscent of feta that you might find interesting: queso fresco and queso cotija.

Queso fresco is typically made from cow’s milk and has a soft, crumbly, feta-like texture. It’s mild, slightly tangy, slightlyb salty. It’s often sprinkled over dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and salads.

Queso Cotija is also a cow’s milk cheese but is more dry and crumbly, similar to grated Parmesan. It’s salty and tangy, with a more intense flavour than feta. This cheese is commonly grated and sprinkled on Mexican street corn, beans, and other dishes. It’s known for its bold, savoury kick.

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Does Feta Cheese Go Bad? How To Best Store It?

Yes, feta cheese can spoil if it’s not stored correctly or if it’s kept for too long. Signs that feta cheese may have gone bad include an off smell, changes in colour (such as yellowing or browning), or an unusual texture (such as excessive dryness or stickiness).

Feta cheese should be stored in the refrigerator, either in its original packaging or an airtight container, with some brine covering it if it came in brine. Maintain a fridge temperature between 35-40°F (1-4°C), avoid odorous foods, and pay attention to the “use-by” date on the packaging.

If storing crumbled feta, wrap it in cheese paper or wax paper and seal it in an airtight container.

While feta can be frozen, it may change in texture upon thawing, so it’s best used within three months if frozen. If you notice an off smell, unusual colour changes, or a different texture, it’s a sign that the feta cheese has gone bad, and it’s best to discard it.

Feta Cheese Recipes You Will Love

Wander what to do with feta cheese? So many delicious things! You can use it in dips, add to salads, crumbled over avocado toast, add to bakes and pasta dishes, and so much more. I’ve picked some of my favourite recipes with feta cheese including my own below. These are mostly healthy options with a few baked goodies thrown in the mix. Enjoy!

Whipped Feta With Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic

whipped feta dip

Salty and creamy whipped feta dip is paired with caramelised and tangy roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic which create an explosion of flavours. You can serve it with crisp breads, crackers, sourdough bread, or veggie sticks. Grain-free, low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian.

Greek Roasted Potatoes With Peppers & Feta

Greek Roasted Potatoes With Peppers & Feta

These flavourful Greek roasted potatoes are a little spiced and a little lemony, with the sweetness of red peppers and the saltiness of feta. Serve them as a side dish or a main. Gluten-free, grain-free and vegetarian.

Spinach Feta Frittata (Spanakopita)

This Spanakopita-inspired spinach frittata is filled with sautéed onions, garlic, leafy greens, dill, parsley, briny feta, cheese and eggs. All those Greek and Mediterranean flavours come together to make a delicious dish you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Gluten-free, grain-free.

Best Feta Salad With Crunchy Veggies

This is one of the BEST feta salad recipes with carrots, beets, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, mixed with toasted walnuts, jammy raisins and yummy aged Balsamic dressing. It’s nutritious, crunchy and bursting with flavour. Gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian.

Spinach Cheese Bread

Spinach Cheese Bread Recipe

The spinach cheese bread is cheesy, savoury, and oh-so-delicious! Made with fresh spinach, feat and a little blue cheese, with no kneading required and baked in a loaf pan, this bread is sprinkled with some poppy and

Eggs On Toast With Feta & Tomatoes

Egg on toast with feta, tomatoes and dill - recipe

A gorgeous and nutritious breakfast of boiled eggs on toast with feta, tomatoes and dill. I often make this dish with low-carb bread but you can use regular sourdough, gluten-free or grain-free bread options.

Couscous Salad With Feta

Moroccan Greek Couscous Salad With Herbs & Feta

This Mediterranean couscous salad is a delightful fusion of Greek and Moroccan influences, combining fluffy couscous with creamy feta cheese, juicy vegetables, and a burst of herbs and spices. Vegetarian.

Roast Veggies, Chorizo & Feta Salad

Roasted Vegetable Salad With Chorizo & Feta

This chorizo roasted vegetables and feta salad salad comes with a tangy pomegranate dressing and is bursting with flavours. Filling enough to serve as a main meal or you can prepare it for a festive table to share around. Gluten-free, grain-free.

Baked Feta Pasta

Baked feta pasta with tomatoes

The ever-so-popular baked feta pasta! This TikTok sensation is a hearty dish made with roasted tomatoes, creamy lightly tangy feta, al dente pasta, and fresh spinach and herbs. Can me made with any pasta! Recipe from Cooking Classy. Vegetarian.

Feta Watermelon Salad

feta watermelon salad

Sweet watermelon, salty feta, and mint are a classic pairing in this delicious salad recipe from Serious Eats. Adding a good dose of chopped lemon zest enhances the aromatic flavours in the watermelon, which I love. Gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian.

Best Greek Salad

Best Greek salad with feta cheese

A good Greek salad can do no wrong in my eyes and that creamy, salty feta is what makes it so special. This classic recipe from Love & Lemons gets rave reviews and is perfect as a summer side dish. Grain-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb.

Baked Feta With Charred Tomatoes

Baked feta with tomatoes without pasta

Described by the recipe author as Maddeningly good, this is a pasta-free interpretation of the trending baked feta dish with a few Ottolengi influences. A must-try recipe from Alexandra Cooks. Gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, low-carb.

Spinach Feta Stuffed Chicken

spinach Feta stuffed chicken recipe

I love this spinach feta stuffed chicken recipe from Feel Good Foodie because, it’s baked so more hands-off, it’s an upgrade from your everyday weeknight chicken dinner and flavour-packed and high in protein.

Spicy Red Pepper Feta Dip (Htipiti)

roast red pepper and feta dip

This bold and spicy roasted red pepper and feta dip from Cookie & Kate is inspired by a traditional Greek recipe (htipiti). It’s easy to make and guaranteed to be a hit with whomever you share it with. Recipe yields 1 ½ cups and is easily doubled.

Greek Shrimp With Tomato & Feta

Greek shrimp with feta and tomatoes

This flavor-packed Greek shrimp recipe (shrimp saganaki) from The Mediterranean dish comes together in 30 minutes or less! Cook up some shrimp in a tasty chunky tomato sauce with spices, fresh herbs, garlic, and a splash of lemon juice before finishing it off with some creamy crumbled feta cheese. 

Crustless Zucchini Feta Pie

zucchini feta pie

This healthy and nourishing crustless zucchini pie from Cotter Crunch, with roasted peppers, fluffy eggs and feta cheese. Make this recipe for a delicious breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner! Gluten free, grain-free, low carb, vegetarian.

Mediterranean Feta Dip

easy feta dip with spinach

One of the easiest party dips you’ll try! This loaded feta dip with crunchy veggies, fresh herbs, and sun-dried tomatoes comes together in about 5 minutes! Serve it with pita chips or your favorite crackers. Recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.

Garlic Roasted Zucchini With Feta & Dill

roasted zucchini with feta and dill

This garlic-roasted zucchini with feta and dill is better than you can imagine, and trust me, you will want to make it again and again. This recipe from Inspired Taste is quick, simple, and delicious!

Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs

feta scrambled eggs

Ready in less than 10 minutes (including prep!) with a few simple ingredients, this quick and easy breakfast from Ahead Of Thyme will give you energy that will last all morning and will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Zucchini Feta Fritters

zucchini feta fritters

These crispy zucchini fritters make a wonderful starter or side dish. Serve them as a light vegetarian meal or mezze (small plate) with tzatziki and a Greek salad, or as a side dish to any Mediterranean-style dish.

Harissa Meatballs With Whipped Feta

Harissa meatballs with whipped feta

These harissa meatballs with whipped feta are perfect for an easy SOS dinner! Store-bought meatballs, bell peppers, zucchini, harissa, and whipped feta all in one bowl – my kind of dinner. Recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Sheet Pan Baked Feta & Vegetables

sheet pan baked feta and vegetables

This meal prep recipe from Cotter Crunch features Greek-marinated vegetables, olives and feta cheese baked on a sheet pan tray for a delicious make meal. Keto, low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian.

Cucumber Feta Avocado Salad

Switch up your classic cucumber salad by making this version from Healthy Fitness Meals with avocado and feta cheese. Toss with your favourite dressing and add a little red onion for extra sharpness.

Crispy Feta Chicken Rice

Crispy Feta Chicken Rice

Crispy pan-fried feta cheese paired with spicy garlic chicken, and peppers, and served over rice. When you’re in need of an easy, vibrant, and fresh – yet still totally exciting dinner, make this. I love this recipe from Half-baked Harvest.

Grilled Eggplant With Feta & Herbs

Grilled Eggplant With Feta

Grilled eggplant with feta and herbs is a delicious way to cook eggplant on the grill, and even eggplant avoiders will enjoy this recipe! And if it’s not grilling weather where you are, you can cook this eggplant recipe on a stove-top grill pan.

Greek Lettuce Salad With Feta

Greek lettuce feta salad

This traditional Greek green lettuce salad, also known as Maroulosalata is simple to make and features herbs, green onions and a lemony dressing.

Spanakopita (Spinach Feta Pie)

If you have not tried Spanakopita before, you’re in for a treat! Spanakopita is a delicious savoury Greek pie made of perfectly crispy layers of phyllo dough and a comforting filling of spinach and feta cheese. 

Fried Feta Rolls With Hot Honey

feta filo pastry rolls with honey and chili

Greek phyllo dough rolled up with feta cheese, garlic, and fresh dill, then baked until warm, golden, and crisp. Serve these yummy, oven fried rolls with spicy honey for dipping. Such an easy appetiser that everyone always loves!

Feta Zucchini Muffins

Feta zucchini muffins

These savoury and cheesy muffins are the perfect breakfast, snack or soup accompaniment. I love these for lunchboxes! Recipe from Hungry Happens. Vegetarian, can be made gluten-free.

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

Take your grilled cheese sandwich to the next level with this gourmet version featuring nutritious spinach and feta cheese. An easy and flavourful lunch idea, also budget-friendly. Recipe from Budget Bytes.

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