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Spanakorizo - Greek Spinach Rice

This simple, delicious, and authentic Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice) makes a filling vegetarian meal or side dish. Fresh dill, chives, and lemon juice give it an extraordinary flavor and aroma.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Spanakorizo recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Tania Sheff


  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 tbsp. chives or scallions chopped and divided
  • 4 tbsp. dill chopped and divided
  • ½ lb. baby spinach
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth can substitute with water
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. lemon zest
  • feta cheese to garnish


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for about 5-7 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic, 2 tablespoons of dill, and 2 tablespoons of chives. Sauté for another minute or two.
  • Add the spinach, and cook for 3-4 minutes, just until it wilts down.
  • Add the salt, pepper, basmati rice, and vegetable broth and stir. Bring it to a boil, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter, lemon juice and zest, and the remaining dill and chives.
  • Garnish with feta cheese and lemon wedges. Serve.



Note: Both fresh and frozen spinach will work in this recipe. 


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5085IU | Vitamin C: 30.2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.2mg