Delicious Spanakorizo Recipe – Greek Spinach Rice


A Greek Staple Food

Spanakorizo or Spinach Rice is a staple dish in most Greek homes. This is the perfect winter food that can be Vegan.  Fragrant and rich, this dish is loved by kids and adults. It can be served as a side dish to go along with keftedakia (Greek meatballs) or a nice piece of fish. However, you enjoy it as a main dish that can be served with some fresh bread and Greek cheese such as feta or kasseri. You can find these cheeses in your local supermarket in the cheese section.

What is Spanakorizo?

Spanakorizo is such a simple dish made with spinach and rice. It is delicious and full of nutritional value. Spinach is full of antioxidants and fiber and rice is a source of carbohydrates to provide sustenance. The actual recipe has little olive oil during the cooking stage, but adding some olive oil while serving makes it even more delicious and the addition of fat helps with the absorption of antioxidants. The beauty of the Greek Mediterranean diet is that you can eat your vegetables effortlessly.

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Spanakorizo – Greek Spinach Rice

An authentic Greek Dish filled with antioxidants to keep you healthy.
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 whole Spanish Onion Peeled Small Dice
  • 1 cup Rice
  • 3 bunch Spinach Rinsed, Rough Chop
  • 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 14 ounce(s) Tomato Diced
  • 3 cup(s) Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup(s) White Wine
  • ½ bunch Fresh Dill Finely Sliced
  • 2 tsp(s) Garlic Minced
  • 1 To Taste Salt & Pepper


  • Gather ingredients and cut the stems of the fresh spinach. Throw out the spinach stems.
    Spanakorizo Ingredients
  • Give a rough chop to the spinach and wash thoroughly.
    Spinach Rice Washing Spinach
  • Place vegetable stock on stove and bring to boil.
    Spinach Rice Vegetable Stock
  • Place a large skillet on stove and add olive oil. Once your pan is heated add and sweat the onions.
    spinach rice onions
  • Add minced garlic and tomato paste and sweat down for about two minutes with onions.
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  • Add rice and incorporate into mixture. cook rice for two minutes.
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  • Once all together deglaze pan with white wine. Mix with wooden spoon scraping bottom of pan.
    spinach rice adding white wine
  • Begin adding hands full of spinach at a time and incorporate into rice mixture.
    spinach rice adding spinach
  • Once all spinach is incorporated add the hot vegetable stock and stir.
    spinach rice adding vegetable stock
  • The spinach will welt into liquid rice mixture. Keep stirring scraping the bottom of pan till liquid begins to boil.
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  • Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally till all spinach has mixed in. Begin finely slicing the dill.
    spinach rice cutting dill
  • Once mixture has cooked down for about ten minutes, add salt, pepper and dill.
    spinach rice adding dill
  • Mix and scrap bottom of pan to ensure rice isn't sticking. Once the liquid has incorporated into mixture and reduced by ¾ shut off stove and cover.
    spinach rice covering
  • After about ten minutes uncover and stir. The rice should have absorbed most of the liquid. Check seasoning and serve. Once plated feel free to add some Reggiano cheese or crumbled feta cheese.
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This authentic Greek dish has been around for a long time. You can eat as an entrée or as a side dish for keftedakia (Greek meatballs) or fish. This recipe is filled with antioxidants. Make sure to clean your spinach throroughly and remove any wilted leaves. If using spinach from your garden it wont be necessary to remove the stems if they are soft. Make to cut off the stems of store bought fresh spinach. It will effect the consistency of your dish. It is a great way for kids to eat their greens. 
Author: Nikolaos Saragias
Calories: 161kcal
Cost: 15
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Rice, Spanakorizo, Spinach


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 1472mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24008IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 7mg

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