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Baked Feta

January 16, 2020 (Last Updated: January 17, 2020) by Chris Collins

This Feta is drizzled in extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with oregano then baked in an easy and delicious tomato sauce. This truly is the BEST Baked Feta Recipe!

overhead shot of baked feta fresh out the oven surrounded by pita chips

Baked Feta

Before recently I’d never actually baked feta, I always imagined it to just make it go firm and chewy. In fact quite the opposite happens! When you bake feta it turns deliciously creamy and incredible soft. It’s to die for 🤤

I love baked feta for an infinite amount of reasons, but here’s why you’re gonna LOVE it:

  • Perfect Appetizer – A quick and easy way to serve up something special for your guests (or just yourself 😋)
  • Tomato Sauce – This baked feta is cooked in a rich and delicious marinara sauce.
  • Flavour – It’s bursting with flavour!!

closeup shot of baked feta in tomato sauce fresh out the oven

Baked Feta in Tomato Sauce

You can really bake feta in anything, from honey and cherry tomatoes, to olives or just by itself! But for me, it doesn’t fit more perfectly than with a marinara sauce.

I’ve been whipping up batches of homemade marinara dip for yonks, so to pair it with feta was a no brainer. Here’s what you’ll need:

Marinara Dip Ingredients

  • Onion & Garlic
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dried Basil & Oregano
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Sugar

When it comes to making marinara dip for the feta, it truly couldn’t be easier. I recommend investing in some good quality chopped tomatoes, as they’re the star of the show!

How to make Marinara Dip (quick summary)

  1. Fry onion in olive oil.
  2. Add garlic.
  3. Pour in tomatoes.
  4. Add seasoning & stir to combine.

How to make marinara dip for baked feta - 4 step by step photos

Don’t worry about simmering the sauce for longer than 5mins, it will reduce in the oven.

How to Bake Feta

Baking feta is really as simple as it sounds. I know a lot of recipes use aluminium foil, but I find you get better flavour/texture when it’s not wrapped. Plus, if you’re baking on top of a sauce, it allows the feta to absorb some of the flavour!

How long to Bake Feta?

I find 15-20mins at 200C/390F gives you the best result. Anything under and it doesn’t get creamy enough in the centre, anything over and it starts to go a bit rubbery. You’re looking for the feta to start turning golden around the edges, with it being soft and squishy to touch.

How to Bake Feta (quick summary)

  1. Pour sauce into suitably sized baking dish.
  2. Plonk feta in the centre.
  3. Drizzle with oil and extra seasoning.
  4. Scatter olives around and bake.

How to bake feta - 4 step by step photos

What is the best feta to bake?

I usually go for a classic Greek Feta. In all cases just make sure it’s a block (not crumbled) and ensure you get a nice quality block of feta (no imitations such as ‘salad cheese’ etc, you won’t get the same results!)

Make ahead baked feta

I wouldn’t recommend baking the whole thing, but you can definitely make the sauce ahead of time. Just let it cool, plonk the feta on top then cover and pop in the fridge until ready to bake. Also leave off oil at the end until just before going in the oven.

What to serve with baked feta?

And that’s it folks! Easy right? If you’re looking for more feta recipes then definitely check out my Feta Bruschetta, Beet & Feta Hummus and Watermelon & Feta Salad. But for now, let’s tuck into this full baked feta recipe!

overhead shot of dunking pita chip into baked feta

How to Bake Feta (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of baked feta fresh out the oven surrounded by pita chips

Baked Feta

This Feta is drizzled in extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with oregano then baked in an easy and delicious tomato sauce. This truly is the BEST Baked Feta Recipe in the world! - Serves 2 hungry people and 4 as an appetizer with pita chips.
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Appetizer / Dip / Starter
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 192kcal
Cost per serving: $2 / ยฃ1.50


  • 6" x 9" Baking Dish (or similar size)
  • Small Pot or Frying Pan (for marinara sauce)
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 7oz / 200g block of Feta
  • 14oz / 400g can of good quality Chopped Tomatoes
  • 6 Olives, sliced
  • 1/2 small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Dried Oregano (plus extra to sprinkle), Dried Basil, Chilli Flakes (or to taste), Salt (or to taste), Sugar (or to taste)
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as needed


  • Add a drizzle of oil in to a small pot or pan over medium heat and fry 1/2 small diced onion. Fry for a few mins until it begins to brown/soften. Add 1 minced clove garlic and fry for another minute until it begins to brown.
  • Pour in a 14oz/400g of tomatoes, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, then add 1/2 tsp basil & oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, chilli flakes and sugar (all to taste) and a pinch of black pepper. Stir to combine and simmer for 5mins.
  • Pour into a suitably sized baking dish and plonk a block of feta in the centre. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil then sprinkle with a pinch of oregano. Scatter around your sliced olives then pop in the oven at 200C/390F for 15-20mins or until it starts to go golden around the edges. It should be very soft to touch. The sauce around it should also have reduced.
  • Serve warm with pita chips or chunky bread!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) What type of Feta to use? - A classic Greek Feta works great! In all instances trying and get a good quality block, and make sure it's a block (not crumbled). Don't settle for any imitations ('salad cheese' etc). It is the star of the show after all ๐Ÿ™‚
b) Make Ahead Baked Feta - I don't recommend baking the whole thing ahead of time, but you can make the sauce, plonk the feta of it then cover and rest in the fridge until needed. Just make sure the sauce has cooled before combining and don't drizzle with oil until just placing in the oven.
c) What to serve with Baked Feta? - Pita Chips are my favourite! Tortilla Chips also work, I've even been known to have this with Garlic Bread!
d) Calories - Based on sharing between 4, using 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in total and no sides

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Feta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 133
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.82g23%
Saturated Fat 8.005g40%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.807g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.257g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 634mg26%
Potassium 244mg7%
Carbohydrates 7.83g3%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 5.93g7%
Protein 8.05g16%
Vitamin A 633IU13%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 286mg29%
Iron 1.04mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    May 17, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    5 stars
    Wonderful mixture of soft baked feta Cheese and Marinara. Dip was a big hit. I did just add a sprinkle of cumin on top of cheese along with the other spices, used thinly sliced Jalapeno Stuffed Spanish Olives, pinch of black olives. Cannot wait to try other olives. So now, I am requested to bring your recipe to parties. Something so simple and easy to make, but packs full lusty flavor. Thanks to much for sharing,

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 17, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much for popping back for a review ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad it went down well! C.

  • Reply
    April 1, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Awesome recipe! One question for you, because i’m a novice…what do you do with the balsamic vinegar?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 1, 2021 at 10:02 am

      You add it in with the tomatoes – recipe has been amended ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Lofty in Princeton
    June 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    5 stars
    Yours is delicious! I followed your recipe, using Cento brand diced tomatoes. Hereโ€™s another recipe for baked feta minus the tomatoes and olives: Preheat oven 400 F. or use outside grill. Put feta square in metal serving dish or small disposable aluminum container. Place fresh chopped oregano and fresh thyme leaves over feta. Sprinkle top with chili flakes to taste. Add 1/2 c or so of extra virgin olive oil. Bake uncovered or grill (with grill top down to contain heat) until top of feta browns in 15-20 minutes. Serve alone, as a side, or with crackers/toasted baguette slices. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      That sounds delish! I’ll have to give that method a go ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for popping back for a review!

  • Reply
    May 29, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    5 stars
    This site of yours is an absolute goldmine of great recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 29, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Sid! Glad to hear they’re going down well!

  • Reply
    Pauline Martin
    January 20, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Thereโ€™s nothing yummier than baked feta. Here in Greece they bake it on a bed of green peppers, tomatoes, onions and fresh oregano. With fresh hunks of bread, itโ€™s delish.

    This sounds lovely too so I shall certainly give this recipe a try.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 20, 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Oh yes! A few people have mentioned to me that way of cooking it. Definitely will give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    January 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never baked feta before and had no idea that it gets soft and creamy. I love the taste of feta so I’m excited to try something new.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Hope you love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    January 16, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    5 stars
    That looks so good, and I would never have thought to bake a feta cheese! I need to make this ASAP. This totally looks like a great party food too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Such perfect party food!!

  • Reply
    January 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    5 stars
    I haven’t tried baked feta yet either but you have convinced me I need it right now! The homemade marinara sauce with this feta sounds incredible!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thanks Olivia! It’s such a delish combo!

  • Reply
    Paula Montenegro
    January 16, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious looking recipe! I’m nuts about feta and am completely smitten by this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Thanks so much Paula ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    January 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    5 stars
    A very delicious recipe with all the delicious flavors and combination to go. I love Baked Feta recipes too.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Veena!