Traditional Greek Moussaka Recipe

Traditional Greek Moussaka Recipe

Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe

Perhaps we have been there once or even seen the film Shirley Valentine ( I know showing my age now) and wanted to taste a piece of Greece. The nostalgic dish of course has to be a Greek Moussaka. There are many regional variations  lovingly prepared with lamb mince, herbs and spices a rich tomato  sauce with aubergine (Eggplant) and potatoes layered and topped with a tangy yogurt feta and egg crusty top baked in the oven.

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Traditional Greek Moussaka

Karl Morley
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 12 people
Calories 449 kcal


1 casserole dish


  • 1 kg minced lamb
  • 2 large aubergines (Eggplants)
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tins tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 200 ml red wine optional
  • 250 ml lamb stock
  • 4 tbsp oregano
  • 4 tbsp mint
  • 4 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 pack feta cheese
  • 250 ml natural yoghurt
  • olive oil
  • butter (knob)
  • seasoning (S&P)


Cooking The Moussaka Ingredients

  • Chop and dice the onion and fry in a large pan with the olive oil and butter, season until nearly translucent.
  • Slice the aubergine (1/2 centimetre thick) brush with olive oil and grill until just turning golden brown on both sides
  • Peel and slice the potatoes, again 1/2 cm thick, cook in salted boiling water until nearly cooked Set the potatoes to onside drained and allow to cool along with the grilled aubergine
  • Add the minced lamb to the large pan with the onions along with the mint, cinnamon, oregano and garlic then season with S&P. Cook the mince until all the meat has browned, this could be 10 to 15 minutes
  • Taste the lamb and season again if needed
  • Now add the tomatoes, lamb stock, sugar and the tomato puree then turn the heat down and allow to gently simmer for around 50 minutes. (also add the red wine at this point if you are using it)

Assembly of The Moussaka

  • Now layer the ingredients in a large oven proof dish starting with the lamb mixture, I usually put a around 1 1/2 cm but it depends on the depth of your dish.
  • Then add your aubergines just 1 layer will do and then top with your cooled potatoes.
  • Now crumble about 200g of the feta cheese and add to the natural yogurt and pour on top Smooth of the mixture a little and bake for 50 mins at 200 C until golden brown. The liquid needs to reduce by about a 3rd to intensify all the flavors  


Money Saving Tips 

Use frozen minced lamb. Iceland price is £8.33 a kilo compared to £10.50 a kilo for regular fresh minced lamb. Iceland usually has offer of 3 items for £10 which makes it even cheaper 
Half Lamb Mince & half beef mince. You can get beef mice at under £5 per kilo 

Feta Cheese 

Replace it with, Greek Style Salad Cheese. It is less than half the price 

Natural Yoghurt 

Get unbranded natural yoghurt, from experience I find that normal is better than low fat for this moussaka recipe 

Serve With 

Pitta bread would be the best economical food to serve with moussaka 


Serving: 309gCalories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6.4gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 907mgFiber: 5.5gSugar: 14.7gVitamin A: 278IUVitamin C: 29.8mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 3.4mg
Keyword Tradtional Greek Moussaka
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Layering The Moussaka

Wait is it, where do the layers of sauce go, potatoes at the top or do they go at the bottom ? is there even supposed to be aubergine in there and what mix of herbs and  spices does one use,   ???? Rosemary Oregano, Mint,  I have one  Classic Moussaka Recipe that my good wife uses and I dare not deviate from. I apparently  I ruin many a good dish by fiddling with the ingredients.  How are you supposed to get better than the wife’s recipe!

The best recipe is down at the bottom, no real shortcuts unless you make it the day before you need it. Then the flavours will be outstanding and to die for  Trust Me ! This Classic Moussaka will make enough for around 12 people, I make 1 to eat now which can serve between 2 to 3 adults. Furthermore  the rest of the mixture I place into 3 oven proof dishes and freeze. However without the yogurt and feta topping. So that can be made and added on the day you take it out of the freezer.

I have added a few more classic Greek moussaka recipes so you can decide which one is best

Traditional Moussaka

Not sure if this one can be classed as A Classic Greek  Moussaka Recipe as this Huffington post version has Parmesan cheese in the topping. That classical Greek cheese !!! I think NOT, it has to be feta the classic Greek cheese. So come on Huff  a little better please.

Moussaka Recipe | How to Make Moussaka Like a Greek – Huffington Post Moussaka is a scrumptious signature Greek dish that brings the flavours and traditions of the Mediterranean to your plate. With crispy strips of eggplant mixed with layers of soft, rosemary infused potato, smothered with rich lamb sauce and creamy …

Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe

What is a Greek Moussaka Recipe

The Independant, now this is getting more like a  Classic Greek Moussaka Recipe. However one is not to sure about the addition of courgette in there and the top wheres the cheese.   OMG !

How to make The Real Greek’s lamb moussaka – The Independent How to make The Real Greek’s lamb moussaka. One of Greece’s most classic dishes is hearty and rich, with this recipe. Using plenty of aubergine, courgettes and cinnamon as well as the traditional minced lamb, red wine and herbs. Tonia Buxton; 11 days …

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A Classic Moussaka Recipe

Now this looks nearly the business, it does say quick and easy but its not that quick.  Taking  longer means the flavours should develop better and give a greater depth of taste so.

Quick and easy, make-ahead moussaka – Hamilton Spectator. She had been cooking meals for the new parents, and collapsed into her chair saying she hadn’t finished making a moussaka before she had to leave. “You,” she said, “could do the world a big service by coming up with a quick and easy moussaka.”.

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Moussaka Recipe in A Mug

Not sure if this one can be classed as A Classic Moussaka Recipe, seriously 5 minutes in a mug, our recipe takes about at least an hour on the stove and then about 50 minutes in the oven to develop and mature the flavours, its even better the next day so seriously I wont be attempting this one

How to cook the perfect Moussaka in a mug in FIVE minutes – To celebrate the launch of his book Theo has created a exclusive video showing Mirror Online viewers how to cook his Towering Moussaka. When he appeared on This Morning with his range of dishes hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.

What is Greek Moussaka

It is a regional Greek dish made from minced lamb, aubergine and potatoes

What Herbs and spices are used in Moussaka

The spice is cinnamon and the herbs are oregano and mint

Can you make Moussaka without potatoes

Yes you can, although I have never had it without potatoes. Friends have said that they have never had it with potatoes. So this does show that the traditional Moussaka recipe has regional differences

Can you freeze Moussaka

Yes you can freeze moussaka, just freeze it without the feta and yogurt top

If you like aubergine try this sweet potatoes and aubergine curry.