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Authentic Spanakopita Recipe: Greek Traditional Spinach Pie

Spinach pie, or spanikopita, is one of the most famous and authentic traditional Greek pies. The name spanakopita (σπανακόπιτα) comes from the word σπανάκι (spinach). For this easy authentic spanakopita recipe, you need phyllo dough, spinach, onions, parsley, dill, and feta cheese. While this filo-dough recipe is quite common, there are variations to this recipe especially from the Greek islands where they make this pie with a crust instead of filo dough.


Delicious either hot or cold, this traditional spanakopita with feta stands perfectly not only as a main dish but also as snack or appetizer! Don’t underestimate the virtues of this delicious pie! If you have kids, this is a lovely way to make them eat spinach, one of the healthiest foods that exist. Even though spinach may lose part of its vitamins when cooked, it is still healthier to eat this rather than any other snack! Spanakopita is served as an appetizer. However, in most cases when served, people never eat the main dish.

This authentic spanakopita recipe takes around 40-45 minutes to prepare and 45-50 minutes to cook. It serves 6 to 8 persons.

Authentic Spanakopita Recipe – Ingredients

  • 900-1000 g of fresh spinach (or 2 packages of 10-oz.frozen chopped spinach)
  • ¼ cup of Greek olive oil
  • ½ cup of green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 50 g of feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ tablespoon of salt
  • ½ tablespoon of pepper
  • ¾ cup of melted butter
  • 14-16 phyllo dough sheets
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (optional)




Authentic Spanakopita Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this authentic spanakopita recipe by allowing the phyllo dough to cool down to room temperature.
  2. If you are using fresh spinach, first try to remove the large and tough stems from spinach leaves. Then, carefully, wash the spinach leaves in cold water. Squeeze water with hands and allow it to dry.
  3. If using frozen spinach, allow it to defrost. Place it in a strainer and squeeze out any excess moisture with the back of a large spoon.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  5. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add green onions and cook for around 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  6. Add spinach and cook for 3 more minutes.
  7. Add in the pan the parsley, dill, eggs, feta cheese, salt, and pepper.
  8. Cook for 3 more minutes while stirring well.
  9. Remove pan from heat. Let it cool for around 5 minutes.
  10. Take a pan (ideal size 9X13) and butter it.
  11. Place one sheet of phyllo dough in the pan and brush it with butter. Repeat the same until you place around 7-8 sheets.
  12. Evenly pour the spinach filling over phyllo with a skimmer. Try to drain excess oil before pouring.
  13. Trim off dried edges of phyllo with a sharp knife.
  14. Fold excess phyllo over the spinach filling.
  15. Take one sheet of phyllo dough. Top the spinach filling. Brush it with butter. Repeat the same until you place around 7-8 sheets.
  16. Trim off dried edges of phyllo with a sharp knife. Butter the top phyllo dough.
  17. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
  18. Place pan on middle oven rack.
  19. Bake for around 45 minutes or until crust is golden.
  20. Allow the Greek spinach pie to cool for 10 minutes.
  21. Cut spanakopita into square pieces and serve.

I hope you like this easy and authentic spanakopita recipe. Stay tuned for more Greek traditional recipes! Enjoy!



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