Recipe for spanakorizo – a vegan dish from Greece


Spanakorizo is one of the most delicious dishes, I discovered during my years in Greece. It is very easy to prepare, tasty and light. The dish – it is usually being served during the cold season and in early spring – can be cooked with fresh spinach or frozen one from the store. If you get any fresh spinach in your area, always use this kind! It tastes nice, earthy and more intense, than any frozen spinach.

spanakorizoUsually I use medium-grain or short-grain rice. Both varieties are kind of sticky and give spanakorizo a creamy and rich texture.

Don´t forget: Greek food is all about detail! Use high quality olive oil, fresh lemons and a hint of seasalt and your homemade spanakorizo is gonna be delicious! The worst enemy of Greek food is impatience and ingredients, that lack quality!


  • one
  • onion
  • two cloves of
  • garlic
  • half cup of
  • rice
  • 300 g of
  • fresh spinach
  • salt, pepper, olive oil
  • fresh parsley or coriander


spanakorizoCut onion and garlic into small cubes and start frying them in olive oil. When they start to look transparent, add the rice. Keep frying, until the rice looks transparent as well. Now it´s time to add the spinach. Stir eveything and add one cup of water and a bit of salt. Lower the heat and let the rice simmer, until all the water is gone. Try it! If it´s still too hard, add a bit more water and let it simmer some more minutes. Add pepper just in the end and serve your spanakorizo with fresh herbs, lemons and an extra splash of virgin olive oil! Kali orexi!

About me

I am Julia, vegan by heart, traveler and minimalist based in beautiful Portugal. I love simple but delicious food, ashtanga, skating, surfing and having a nice conversation over snacks and a glass of wine. I am blogging about vegan food, my minimalist journey, life hacks and my experiences as a traveler.