Greek Spinach and Rice – Spanakorizo

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

Many of you have requested the traditional Spinach and Rice dish often found in our Greek homes. We make this warm and nutritious meal in our home weekly, as a great meatless meal. For the rice, I use Uncle Bens converted long-grain rice. Made in one pot, and under 30 minutes you have a comforting dish for your family. Serve this with a crisp green salad and you have a complete dinner. Don’t forget the bread!

Change it up with what you have in your garden or refrigerator:

Greens: Spinach, Swiss Chard, Kale, Mustard Greens, Beet Greens or a mixture of any of these.

Grains: Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Bulgur, or Teff (any quick cooking grain)

Water: chicken broth, vegetable broth, homemade broth

For a different version of this dish you may want see my Spinach and Quinoa recipe .


Greek Spinach and Rice-Spanakorizo
This is a weekly recipe in my home and I hope you add it to yours!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 4-6
  • 3 bunches of fresh spinach, washed, ends trimmed about 2-3 inches
  • 1 onion, chopped or 2 leeks, chopped (or both amounts of onions)
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 chopped fresh tomato, or ½ of (8 oz.) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a deep skillet saute, the onions until soft, not browned on medium heat.
  2. Add the fresh spinach.
  3. Sprinkle the rice on top.
  4. Add 2 cups of water, fresh tomato or canned tomato sauce.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is ready. Keep your eye on the dish, you may need to add a little more water.
  7. You may need to adjust the taste with more salt and pepper.

In a deep heavy skillet or dutch oven. saute onions until soft, not browned

Add the spinach.

Sprinkle rice on top of spinach.

Add water, tomato sauce, salt and pepper.

Cover and  reduce to a simmer, for about 20 minutes until rice is done.
Check often and stir until most of the juice is gone. You may need to add more water if needed.

Other spinach recipes you may enjoy on y blog:

Spanakopita – Greek Spinach and Pie

For more Greek recipes look for my category Simply Greek or Traditional Greek on my blog home page.

Enjoy are family recipe,




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1 Karen G

That looks delish and love that I can make it for my kidlets as well, since its also naturally gluten free! :>

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thanks Karen,
I raised my kids eating this..they loved it!

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