Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)


I was looking for some Greek side dishes to go with my lamb souvlaki when I came across the concept of spanakorizo or Greek spinach rice. At its base it is just what it sounds like, spinach and rice along with some Greek seasonings. Lemon, dill and feta are some of my favorite flavours and since I already had them out for other parts of the meal they went into the spinach rice as well. Though this rice dish is pretty simple to make already, if you are in a pinch for time or oven space you can cook it in a rice cooker. The light and fluffy rice with lemon, dill and feta was really tasty and went well with the rest of the meal! I have a feeling that I will be making this a lot.

Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)

(makes 4 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 bunch spinach (roughly chopped)
1 cup long grained rice (I used brown rice)
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (or water)
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
1/4 cup dill (chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1/4 cup feta (crumbled, optional)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan.
2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
4. Add the and spinach and cook until the spinach wilts.
5. Add the rice, chicken stock, parsley, dill and season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked, about 20 minutes (50 minutes for brown rice).
7. Hit with a splash lemon juice and garnish with feta.

Similar Recipes:
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Salad
Spinach with Feta Dressing
Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Cilantro and Lime Rice
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Spinach and Feta Lasagna (aka Spanakopita Lasagna)

Serve with:
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

50 comments:

noble pig said...

Oh my, how simple yet beautiful. And a lovely pairing with the lamb I might add.

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

man, that combo of flavors sounds absolutely amazing.

marye said...

I love this dish...I make it all the time. It is amazing and perfect, altho I am going to try uyour version next time.

VeggieGirl said...

what a fabulous rice dish!! that will be PERFECT with your dinner :0)

cookinpanda said...

I love coming home after a busy day and preparing a really simple meal--especially involving rice. This one looks like it might be one of my next rice creations. I like the simplicity of this and the blending of the flavors.

Daziano said...

After all these spectacular Greek ideas I have to make something Greek!!!

Lina said...

youre on a greek recipe roll! Loving it!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your rice looks lovely! The colors are so vibrant and inviting. Great job!

Patsyk said...

What a simple combination, but it sounds absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try it... have to wait until I get past my Passover meal planning to make it.

Lisa said...

And a fine recipe this is! Stunning photo too. Dill and feta are a perfect accompaniment to the rice and spinach. No matter how busy my day is, I always find the time to visit your blog.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I have a feeling I would make a lot of that too! What a great side dish!

Indonesia-Eats said...

lovely... love feta, love spinach but the most I love rice :))

cook eat FRET said...

perfect ingredients
this would be a hit in my house
bookmarked

Elle said...

What a delightful combination of flavors...love anything with spinach, so this is a must make. Thanks!

Sara said...

This sounds fantastic! I can't wait to try it.

giz said...

Sounds like a tasty way of using leftovers or making it as a side dish.

farida said...

Quick and easy, and looks lovely!

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo that sounds and looks like some really awesome rice! I must try it.

Pixie said...

This does sound wonderfully delicious- a combination of cheese and spinach. mmm

Kitt said...

Yum. That would be good with toasted pine nuts, too.

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tigerfish said...

Sound like something I could eat, just like that! But if there is lamb (as sides), I don't mind :P

Mochachocolata Rita said...

spinach & feta combo...i always loveee...and i cant live without rice ^_^

Homecooked said...

Looks great!I love rice dishes. Lovely pic.

Helen said...

I love Greek food and I've mad a lot but I've never got around tyo making this, it looks and sounds realy good. I bet it's moreish!!

Peter M said...

Kevin, the Spanakorizo look fab but next time incorporate a stock and the spinach gets boild and braised with everything.

The result is a darker spinach dish but much more flavourful.

Poonam said...

Oh lovely! What a meal? Wow

MARICHELLE said...

Yum yum yum. Did you wash all this down with shots of Ouzo or Raki :)

ANJALI J. said...

This looks so delicious.. i never tried this before. i can have spinach dishes daily :D

Elle said...

I want some! I'm always looking for good side dish recipes, and this one looks delicious and easy.

Ben said...

Kevin, that dish looks fabulous! I have never had rice with spinach, but the concept sounds very delicious.

This is something that I definitely have to make.

Sylvie said...

That looks like a great side dish. Lovely flavour combination.

Gloria said...

Kevin looks fantastic, Love it!!!! Gloria

Rachel said...

Yum! I love Greek food but rarely make it. I might have to fix that!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Delicious, Kevin. I love rice and spinach but haven't had them together like this. Yummy!

Deborah said...

What a great idea for a side dish!

Indigo said...

I love spinach more than a young girl should, and this looks great, especially alongside the lamb...

Just letting you know that I've added you to my blog roll, by the way!

Diana Evans said...

you have inspired me to post some food on my blog too...

love popping by here...but not when I'm hungry...lol

katiez said...

Simple, lovely... Our spinach is so nice right now I'm trying to put it into everything...

cakewardrobe said...

What a great and healthy combination!!

farida said...

Kevin, I just made spinach rice and it turned out nicely! I used medium grain rice called baldo, and it was good. I think extra care should be taken not to overcook the rice - otherwise it will be too soft and mushy. Thank you for sharing! Was lovely!

Bellini Valli said...

This is the perfect side dish Kevin. I have tried this on occasion myself...LOVE IT:D

Jaime said...

i love greek food but have never had this before, it looks delicious!

Mediocre Chocolate said...

That looks fantastic. I'm working my way through your Greek labels--so far you've got all my favorites covered. Yum!

gilda said...

oh wow, i love spanikopitas and will definitely love this one too!

Joanne said...

I just made this and it was delicious! http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.blogspot.com/2010/06/spanakorizo-and-baked-falafel-with.html

ConZumo Sano said...

Quick, easy and delicious, like all your ideas. Thanks Kevin!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I have a new regular rice or spinach dish! Love your Blog!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe. Topped it with slow cooked lamb. Big hit with the wife and I!

Anonymous said...

Soundsdelicious! I think I may add some shrimp and tomatoes and make it a complete meal... Yummmm.

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