Spanakorizo recipe (Greek spinach rice)

Greek Spinach and Rice recipe (Spanakorizo)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Greek


Looking for a super healthy and delicious traditional Greek spinach and rice recipe? Spanakorizo is a classic Greek vegetarian dish packed with abundant amounts of nutrients and best of all? Its super simple and easy to make!



  • 1kg spinach, rinsed and stemmed (35 oz.)
  • 200g rice white rice (7 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 150g tinned chopped tomatoes (5.5 oz.) or 200g of fresh tomatoes, if in season.
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. To prepare this spanakorizo recipe (Greek spinach and rice), heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, spring onions and leek and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add the spinach and cook stirring for a few minutes, until wilted. Stir in the tomatoes, the tomato paste, a glass of hot water, the rice and season. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, until the rice is tender. During cooking, stir the spanakorizo once in a while and check if the pan appears to be getting dry, and add some more hot water, if needed. Finish the spanakorizo with fresh chopped dill and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Serve this traditional Greek spinach and rice (spanakorizo) with a squeeze of a lemon and top with crumbled feta. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 plate
  • Calories: 199kcal
  • Sugar: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 416mg
  • Fat: 14.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.7g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Spanakorizo recipe, Greek spinach and rice