Spanakorizo – A Traditional Greek Spinach and Rice Recipe

 Spanakorizo is the name of the Greek traditional spinach and rice recipe. This vegan dish is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and fibre, a group of complex carbohydrates that are found in all types of plant-based foods including spinach. Many people consider spinach as a superfood as it is full of iron, calcium, vitamins, and lutein.

Apart from the spinach’s nutrients, there is another reason that makes spanakorizo healthy. Cooking spinach increases its health benefits as the body cannot break down completely the nutrients in raw spinach while lemon juice helps the absorption of calcium and iron.    

You can enjoy this traditional spanakorizo dish as the main mean or side dish.  This authentic spanakorizo recipe takes 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. It serves 4 persons. 


Traditional Spanakorizo  – 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 dill, finely chopped
  • The juice from ½ lemon
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Traditional Spanakorizo  – How to Make

  1. Start this 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 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.

I like to eat my spanakorizo with some Greek feta cheese. Enjoy