Easy Homemade Phyllo dough Recipe for Beginners!

Homemade phyllo (filo) dough recipe

There is nothing better than a homemade pie, made with homemade phyllo dough! Phyllo or filo pastry, which means leaf or sheet in Greek, refers to the pastry that is wrapped around savory and sweet pies and comes in many regional variations!

Filo pastry (phyllo dough) is notoriously difficult to make at home, with only the very best cooks attempting to make their own and the rest simply buying a ready made version. But as you know there is nothing better than homemade and to make sure you succeed on your very first attempt I have put together my most favorite filo recipe, perfect for all kinds of savoury pies!

Spinach and feta pies (spanakopita), feta cheese pies (tiropita), chicken pies (kotopita) are particularly well suited to this super easy phyllo recipe and are guaranteed to amaze your guests, friends and family or click here to browse all of my pastry based recipes!

Follow my step-by-step easy homemade phyllo dough recipe and succeed on your first time! Got a question? Feel free to leave a comment in the section below and don’t forget to share this recipe on your favorite social network using the buttons above!

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Homemade phyllo (filo) dough recipe

Easy Homemade Phyllo Recipe for Beginners!

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 4-5 phyllo sheets 1x
  • Category: Dough
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian


There is nothing better than a homemade pie, made with homemade phyllo! Phyllo dough or filo pastry, which means leaf or sheet in Greek, refers to the pastry that is wrapped around savoury and sweet pies and comes in many regional variations!


  • 300g all-purpose flour (10.5 ounces)
  • 5 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 130150g water (1/23/4 of a cup)


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt, make a well in the centre and pour in the vinegar and the olive oil. Using a dough hook mix to combine the ingredients for 10-15 seconds. (Tip: The vinegar helps the dough to become crispy.)
  2. Depending on the kind of flour, the weather, the humidity and various factors, the dough may need a little bit more or less water than this recipe calls for. The secret to make the perfect homemade phyllo is the amount of water you will use; a few more drops may have a huge impact.
  3. Start by adding 130g of water at first (1/2 a cup) and mix, until the flour absorbs the water; after mixing for a while, the dough should become an elastic ball. The perfect dough should be soft, malleable and smooth. If the dough is still crumbled, then you need to add a little bit more water. Add a few drops of water and mix for a while; check out the consistency of your dough and add a few more drops of water, if needed. In case you added more water than needed, the dough will become sticky. Don’t worry, you can fix that by adding some more flour (add 1/2 tsp at first, mix and check again).
  4. When you are happy with the consistency of your dough, cut the dough in balls (slightly larger then a golf ball, approx. 80gr each, depending on size of the tray), coat lightly with olive oil, wrap with some plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 45-60 minutes. This is essential, so that the dough softens and you can roll it easily.
  5. Place one ball of dough on a floured surface coat your rolling pin with some flour. Make a circle of dough with your hands. Now you are ready do roll! Ensure that your dough has plenty of flour to prevent it from sticking to the working surface or the rolling pin.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, until it becomes a very thin round sheet; the thinner, the better. How you do that? It’s not that difficult, if have the right technique. At first, roll out a few times, turning the dough every once in a while, to keep the circle even and the dough from sticking to the surface. Gently roll the edge of the dough over the rolling pin and roll the dough around the pin. Place your hands in the center of the rolling pin and as you roll, move them out to the sides so that both the rolling pin and your hands are working to spread and thin the dough. Unroll, turn a half turn and repeat. Continue rolling making the dough thinner and thinner each time. Move your hands from the center to the sides to keep even pressure and help in spreading and thinning the dough. The thickness of the phyllo dough depends on what you will be using it for. If you are making a spinach pie, then the dough is rolled out a little bit thicker than if you are making a feta cheese pie.
  7. You may find it easier to roll out a little bit the dough with the rolling pin, and then lift it with your hands and hold it by the edges with your fists, shaking a little bit, while the rest hangs and stretches out, re positioning your hands around the perimeter of the dough and repeating (like a pizza dough).
  8. This recipe is the ideal for beginners, as the dough stretches out really easily. The most important thing is to stretch the dough as thin as possible. Don’t worry if it breaks, creating holes, it will still taste delicious!

Keywords: homemade phyllo dough, how to make filo pastry, homemade filo pastry

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  1. Some people add starch…. why?
    I love uour recipe

  2. Carolyn

    Made this but had no idea how to layer this in the dish. My filling was greens and bell peppers. I put 3 on the bottom, added the filling, folded the edges on top of filling, then last 3 sheets on top brushing all sheets with olive oill. Taste was good but too much dough.

    • You can fix this in a couple of ways. Basically you need the filling to be more in proportion to the dough. With Phyllo I’ve found that if you have little filling just use smaller baking trays to allow for approx. 1 inch (2.5/3cm) of filling in the pie. Thatway the balance between crunchyness and stuffing is preserved, at least according to my taste 🙂


  3. Kevin Kruger

    Good recipe. But no, the vinegar does not ‘make the dough become crispy’. Cooking does that. Vinegar helps to break down the flour’s proteins/gluten which makes it easier to work wit. It makes it softer and easier to roll out, especially to roll out thinly.

  4. Hi, can I make this with gluten free flour ?

  5. Can I use this dough to make baklava?

    • Eli K. Giannopoulos

      Hi Daniel

      No this is the so called Horiatiko (village) phyllo. its mostly for savoury dishes like spinach pie, cheese pie and chicken pie as its a bit thicker than the crusty phyllo that is needed for Baklava.

  6. Con Filips

    Thank you for taking the time to share this with us

  7. Martha Barros

    At what temperature do you bake the dough?

    • Eli K. Giannopoulos

      Hi Martha

      Bake it at 170-180C / 340-350F for around 1 hour, depending on the filling and how much you’ve used 🙂 If it browns too quickly, cover with some foil to prevent the top from burning!

  8. Love Cooking

    I was wondering if you know why the dough could become too tough and not flaky after baking? Could it be the time of handling the dough? Or the oven temperature? Thank you for the recipe.

    • Eli K. Giannopoulos

      Hi there! This phyllo dough is what is called “village dough” in Greece – it is more solid than the usual puff pastry and is perfect for wet fillings. if you want your dough to be more flakey then you’ll need to layer some olive oil and/or some butter when preparing it. Try opening the phyllo, spread your olive oil/butter then fold on itself and stretch again. This will make your dough puff up when baking.

  9. I love your recipes 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  10. Instead of red wine vinegar, can you use another kind of vinegar? For example apple? And another question, can this phyllo recipe be used for making Greek bougatsa?
    Thank you for well explained recipe.

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