Spanakopitakia: A Traditional Greek Spinach Triangles Recipe

Spanakopitakia is the name of the Greek spinach triangles. These mouthwatering mini pies are a natural companion to tiropitakia on any social occasion. 

To make spanakopitakia you need the following ingredients: spinach, green onions, olive oil, feta cheese, eggs, parsley, dill, phyllo dough, and butter. There are variations to this recipe without the feta cheese if you are fasting and you are looking for an original vegan option. Either way, they are delicious. In case you use frozen spinach instead of fresh, make sure to defrost and dry well before using it. In case you want to get prepared for a party, you can always prepare them a couple of days before and place them in the freezer. In this case, it is not necessary to defrost before baking. But you will need them to bake a little longer. 

This easy homemade authentic spanakopitakia recipe gives around 50 pieces, takes one hour to prepare, and around 30 minutes to bake.


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Spanakopitakia – Ingredients 

  • 2 bunches spinach
  • 2 bunches of green onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound feta cheese crumbled.
  • 4 eggs, well beaten.
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped.
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill. 
  • 1 pound filo dough
  • 1-pound unsalted butter, melted

Spanakopitakia – How to Make

  1. Start this spanakopitakia recipe by cleaning and chopping the spinach.
  2. Salt it well and place it in a colander to drain completely.
  3. Make sure to squeeze out any excess moisture from spinach. Place in a large bowl. 
  4. Chop green onions and sauté in oil until wilted and add to spinach. 
  5. Add feta cheese and seasonings. Make sure not to oversalt as feta is salty. 
  6. Add the eggs and mix well. 
  7. Cut the phyllo dough into long strips, 3 inches wide, and brush with melted butter. 
  8. Place one teaspoon of the spinach filling on one end of the pastry strip and fold over to make a triangle.
  9. Continue folding in a triangular shape until the entire strip is used. 
  10. Preheat oven to 170 ℃
  11. Place on a buttered baking pan (or cover the pan with non-stick baking paper) and brush them with butter. 
  12. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the spanakopitakia get a nice golden-brown color. 
  13. Serve.
Just like tiropitakia, you can serve spanakopitakia either hot or cold. Enjoy!