Spanakoryzo (Spinach and Rice)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

A simple Greek side dish, a nice change from basic rice. Using chicken broth in place of the water adds extra flavor.


  1. Saute rice and onion in olive oil , stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Add boiling water and salt; simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, wash spinach well then cut into 1/2" strips (you can roll a group of leaves together and cut into strips).
  3. After rice has simmered for 10 minutes add spinach and mix well, cover and continue to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I tweaked the original recipe though. I used about 7 ounces of fresh spinach leaves, 1 big garlic clove (same as 2 normal size clove). In stead of 1/3 cup of oil, I used 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter (could probably reduce to 1 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter even). I dissolved 3 cubes of chicken bouillon in the 2 cups of hot water before adding it to the rice. Probably because my heat was too high, the rice absorbed all the liquid and was done before I supposed to add the spinach.I fixed this by adding 1/2 cup hot water with the spinach to the rice (I also added salt at this stage, not earlier. I added only 1/4 tsp because the chicken stock was salty enough). My rice was old so it can absorb more water without being too soggy.

A lot can be done with this recipe and nothing will go wrong. I imagine adding some cooked meat, mushroom or even lemon zest for a change in flavor will be quite nice too!

myoungp December 30, 2010

This is a great side dish. I should have use a bigger saucepan. I used a 3 QT and it was hard to combine all the spinach. There was something missing. I used chicken broth. Maybe some spices (oregano) would be great. Thanks Momaphet :) Made for the Zwizzle Chicks of ZWT

Boomette June 14, 2010

This is really good. I did add a clove of garlic as well. I used homemade chicken stock rather than just water which is something I would definitely recommend. I served this with Greek Lemon Chicken Kabobs With Mint Marinade. I can see this being good as a bed of rice for fish dishes too. I will make this again.

UmmBinat September 18, 2009