Dolmathes (Stuffed grape leaves)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 39 mins


  1. Briefly dip grape leaves in boiling water then rinse them with cold water and wipe dry.
  2. Mix the onions with half the olive oil.
  3. After a while, mix in the rice, 250mL hot water and the remaining ingredients, except for the oil and the lemon juice.
  4. Boil the mixture for 4-5 minutes .
  5. Wrap one tablespoon of the mixture with a grapeleaf and repeat until completed.
  6. Carefully place the dolmathes in a pot with some space between them.
  7. Cover the dolmathes with a plate a add the rest of the oil and the lemon juice with 500mL of water.
  8. Boil at low heat for 30 minutes, until some water is absorbed and the rice is done.
  9. Serve cold with slices of lemon.
Most Helpful

I prepared these and tested them while they were still hot and I thought that they were very good. Then though, I placed them in the fridge to serve cold as recommended, and the family did not enjoy them at all after they had been cooled off.

Fair weather cook August 14, 2002

5 minutes prep? how many people fit in your kitchen? it takes us a LOT longer than 5 minutes. Readers beware.

Steven Sutfin October 13, 2002