3 Easy Ancient Greek Recipes You Can Make Today

Continuing with the Ancient Greek theme, I came across several recipes while reading all these books about the food of the ancients Greeks, that looked quite familiar. When you look at these recipes, you would never think that they were “ancient”. In fact, they look very similar to recipes Greeks and others make today. So here are 3 Ancient Greek recipes (as described in the book The Classical Cookbook) that use ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen at this very moment, so try them out, they are for the most part healthy and easy.

The ancient recipe: Lentil Soup


  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 2 small leeks sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp dry mint
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Red wine Vinegar

Boil on low heat 1 cup of dry lentils over low heat with enough water to cover them and 1 inch above. Add the leeks and the fresh coriander (cilantro). In a small bowl mix the mint, dry coriander and the black pepper, add to the soup. Let it simmer until the lentils are soft, add vinegar and olive oil to taste

Similar to today’s: Greek Style lentil soup made with garlic, onion and tomato


The ancient recipe: Fried Pancakes with Honey and Sesame Seeds


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Mix the flour, water and 1 tbsp honey to form the batter. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add ¼ of the batter to the pan. When the mixture thickens, turn it 2 or 3 times until it is golden on both sides. Make 3 more pancakes with the rest of the batter.  Serve with honey and sprinkle sesame seeds.

Similar to today’s: Loukoumades, a Greek doughnut fried in olive oil and drenched in honey.


The ancient recipe: Nut Cake


  • 1 cup shelled almonds
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp bitter almonds (not available in the US, you can use regular almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 7 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Olive Oil

Preheat the oven at 350 F. Mix all the nuts except the sesame seeds and bake them for a few minutes in the oven. Do the same for the sesame seeds and then let them cool down. In a small pot let 3 tablespoons of honey simmer for about 7 minutes, add the sesame seeds, mix well. Let it cool enough so that you can handle it, pour it on an oily surface and knead into a ball. Separate it into 2 pieces,  roll 1 piece out with a rolling pin into a thin sheet that will fit in a shallow pan. Place the sheet on the bottom of the pan. Put all the nuts with the pepper in a blender or mixer and mix well for about 1 to 2 minutes. Boil the rest of the honey for 7 minutes and then add all the nuts and mix well. While it is still hot pour the nut and honey mixture in the pan on top of the sesame layer. Spread evenly. Roll the other piece of sesame seed dough into a sheet and cover the nut mixture. Let it cool off for 1 hour and then cut it small pieces.

Similar to today’s: Pasteli, a honey- sesame bar


* Ancient Greek Recipes Adapted from Dalby, A., Grainger, S. (1996). The Classical Cookbook.

Photo: Loukoumades by Young Yun

46 comments for “3 Easy Ancient Greek Recipes You Can Make Today

  1. Brenda
    October 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Great post Elena!

    • johnathan
      June 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      man what are Loukoumades.

  2. lollipop
    March 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    awesome recipes all very helpful!!!

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      August 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm


    • Katie Thomson
      June 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

      This is really good

    • hollymay
      November 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      this sit is so help full i also enjoy the food thanks to this website go greece

  3. Georgia
    August 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I love your posts and look forward to trying them. The one ancient recipe also seems to be like tiganites or koutalithes. I make them for my children for breakfast sometimes.

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      August 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for the information Georgia! Glad you enjoy the posts.

      • March 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        I know I am 18 and I used this recipes for my history homework everybody loved it and I did to it was amazing , anyone out there who have not tried this 2 words TRY IT!

  4. megan
    September 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    thanks helped alot on my project

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      September 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm


  5. °˖ ✧◝(○ ヮ ○)◜✧˖ °
    November 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Helped a lot with my Ancient Greek newpaper…..

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      November 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Your welcome!

  6. (\(OuO)/)
    March 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    this helpd my project……… thatnk you :3

  7. Imi
    April 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Your website helped me with my Ancient Greek assignment! Thank you❤️

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      April 2, 2014 at 6:39 am

      Your welcome Imi.

    • Madeline
      February 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      LOL me to

      • Anonymous
        March 22, 2015 at 2:51 am

        Another thank you, as you have also helped me with my project as well:)

    • Anonymous
      April 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Yea sure hah

  8. Rangin
    April 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    These recipes are awesome!!

  9. Anonymous
    April 14, 2014 at 2:21 am

    yummy pancakes!

    • March 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      I know arent they I tried the pancakes and the nut cake SWEET!

  10. Anonymous
    April 27, 2014 at 5:35 am

    helps heeps

  11. May 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    How many servings does the nut cake make?

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      May 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

      I would say about 20-30. These are meant to be little snacks. You often may find them in in 1-2 ounce servings.

  12. Joshua F
    June 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks, this helped me out alot with my Project.

    • LOL
      October 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Elena Paravantes!!!

  13. Anonymous
    October 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

    thanks it really help me with my project!!!!

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks for helping me with my Ancient Greece project!

  14. LOL
    October 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I can’t wait to do one of the recipes for my project!

  15. kadence white
    October 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    yummy to my tummy

  16. Amelia
    December 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    LOVE THE PAN CAKES!!!!!!!!!!
    My class like them too

    • Elena Paravantes RD
      December 9, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Amelia!

  17. January 5, 2015 at 12:37 am

    it help with my project thanks so much

  18. Igs
    March 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Very useful for my daughters homework!

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    March 12, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the tips my son found it useful and his class loved the tasty treats you had a recipe for!

  20. Jacqui
    June 16, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Just a question about the pancakes with honey and sesame seeds, do you know any information on when the Greeks had eaten
    (breakfast, Lunch or dinner) and if the rich or poor would eat it. This is for a project at school on Ancient Greece:) thanks

  21. Chelsea Akhurst
    November 22, 2015 at 1:10 am

    This was really helpful for my Technology assessment in which we had had to make a recipe booklet on a specific cuisine and I choose ancient Greece. This really helped me make my booklet.

  22. Georgia
    February 24, 2016 at 9:30 am

    You could add and few orange juice at the
    batter for more flavor…
    I love your posts!

  23. Maria
    March 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Thanks, it help out!

  24. Me
    March 6, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Wow! It’s really good!

  25. Me
    March 6, 2016 at 10:05 am


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