Greek Spinach and Rice (Spanakorizo)

    55 min

    This healthy dish is loaded with spinach - a great way to your five a day.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 1kg fresh spinach, rinsed and stemmed
    • 225ml passata
    • 500ml water
    • handful fresh chopped dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 100g uncooked white rice

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Saute onions in the oil until soft and translucent. Add spinach, and cook stirring for a few minutes, then pour in the passata and water. Bring to the boil, and season with parsley, dill, salt and pepper. Stir in rice, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add more water if necessary. (The end result shouldn't be soupy.)


    In Greece this healthful dish is traditionally served as a main with fresh lemon wedges to squeeze over the top. You can also serve as a side, if you prefer. This recipe makes 2 mains or 4 sides.

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    As a Greek-American family, we eat this often, especially during lent and as a main dish. To improve the cooking method given, try this: saute rice along with onion add minced fresh garlic too, then add boiling water, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, then add spinach and tomato sauce, fresh parsley, fresh dill,salt and pepper. Cooked COVERED on low heat and add fresh lemon juice when it's done cooking. Beside the cooking directions, this recipe is authentic.  -  10 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    In Greece spanakorizo is a main dish, not a side - all the better to enjoy more of this healthy, delicious dish! fresh dill is essential to the recipe however - so much better than dried. Also, 1tbsp tomato paste is preferred in my family to tomato sauce -- you don't want the dish to be too tomato-y. Otherwise this recipe is spot-on.  -  17 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a really good basic recipe. I normally add some garlic, use chicken broth instead of the water, chopped tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and omit the dill (not to fond of dill). I also add a bit of cumin and cinnamon for flavour. Last time I made it with bulgur instead of rice and it turned out great. Definitely serve with lemon and feta cheese.  -  05 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)