Spanakorizo - Greek spinach rice

"Spanakorizo is a simple homely Greek dish made with spinach and rice and flavoured with lots of lemon zest and fresh herbs. For me, it’s a great way to add the ‘mighty’ green spinach to a meal (I have clearly watched too many Popeye cartoons as a kid!). While the traditional way is to cook the raw rice with the spinach in its own water, this is my modern era shortcut where I use leftover cooked rice and toss it all together in a pan. As I always say, in cooking there are no rules, only inspiration!"
-- @cucinamiabynatasha
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 2

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 thinly sliced small onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • chilli flakes to taste
  • 1 bunch chopped spinach
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/5 cup white rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • zest and juice of lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint or basil leaves


  • Step 1

    Heat a non-stick pan and add the olive oil. When hot, add the onions and sauté till translucent. Add in the minced garlic along with some chilli flakes.

  • Step 2

    Throw in the spinach leaves in batches, tossing them from the bottom to the top as they wilt. Add a splash of water, couple of pinches of salt and a grind of pepper, cover and steam the spinach for a couple of minutes.

  • Step 3

    Once the spinach is cooked and still bright green, add in the rice, herbs and butter and combine well without breaking the rice grains. Taste for seasoning.

  • Step 4

    Add in the lemon zest, squeeze in some lemon juice and serve with a main dish or a soup.