Explore Spanakorizo: A Wholesome Greek Spinach and Rice Delight

 Spanakorizo, a traditional Greek gem, harmoniously combines "spanaki" (spinach) and "rizi" (rice) in a tantalizing embrace. Pronounced "spa-nuh-koh-REE-zoh," this vibrant dish showcases frozen spinach for a convenient twist. Thawed and drained, it effortlessly joins the culinary stage.

Authentic spanakorizo adorns itself with short-grain rice, renowned for its creamy allure. Alternatively, embrace Arborio rice, akin to Italian risotto, or adapt with long-grain or basmati rice. Each variant entails tailored cooking techniques, ensuring a symphony of taste.

A celebration of vegan goodness, spanakorizo thrives as a fiber-rich haven, bolstered by antioxidants and nutrients. Spinach reigns as a superfood, abundant in iron, calcium, vitamins, and lutein. Cooking unveils its full potential, accentuated by lemon juice's prowess in calcium and iron absorption.

As a main course or a complementary delight, spanakorizo exudes culinary versatility. Feta cheese embellishments or the zest of lemon juice elevate its charm, catering to diverse palates.

This spanakorizo marvel beckons with a swift 10-minute preparation and a delightful 30-minute cooking duration. Serving four, it extends a gracious invitation to savor tradition and indulge in nourishing Greek flavors.


Traditional Spanakorizo Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1kg of spinach, rinsed and stemmed
  • 300g of medium-grain rice
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • ½ bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • The juice from ½ lemon
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Traditional Spanakorizo Recipe – How to Make

  1. Start this easy spanakorizo recipe by taking a large skillet. Add the olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Fry the onions and leek for 3 minutes, until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the spinach and cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until wilted. Add the rice and a cup of hot water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes until the rice becomes tender.
  4. During cooking, check if the rice becomes dry and add a little hot water if needed.
  5. Stir occasionally to avoid the rice sticking to the pan.
  6. Add the fresh dill and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve warm, with a squeeze of lemon and olive oil on top.

Overall, spanakorizo is a healthy and delicious dish that is easy to make and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I like to eat my spanakorizo with some Greek feta cheese and pita bread. Enjoy