18 Best Savory Recipes With Phyllo Dough

phyllo dough pie with cheese filling
Photo: Diana Moutsopoulos

Phyllo dough shows its savory side in these traditional Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Baltic specialties. Featuring classics like spanakopita, spinach pie, samosas, and borek, phyllo provides crisp layers of flavor. If you're not experienced with phyllo dough, you may be surprised how easy it is to work with. These recipes will show you how to turn phyllo dough into delicious savory main dishes and appetizers.

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Spanakopita II

Spanakopita II

"This is authentic Spanakopita, as you would find in any Greek household or restaurant in Athens," says reviewer THELASTBARON, who rates it 5 stars.

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Phyllo-Wrapped Halibut Fillets with Lemon Scallion Sauce

fish wrapped with phyllo dough and drizzled with sauce

"The flaky phyllo crust keeps the halibut moist and delicious," says JAYDA. "For a nicer presentation, cut halibut in half at an angle before placing on sauce."

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Mama Marie's Moroccan Tuna Brik

Mama Marie's Moroccan Tuna Brik

This fried appetizer is filled with tuna and capers.
"A triangle shaped fried appetizer famous throughout the Middle East," says Avon - status quo PRO. "This is my mothers recipe for her tuna filled ones. If you can find Italian tuna packed in olive oil, this is most preferable."

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Lamb Borek

Lamb Borek
Photo by Chef John.

"You'll find this savory, lamb-filled pastry way easier to make than it appears, all thanks to an intentionally soggy dough," says Chef John. "That's right! Lightly moisturizing the phyllo with an egg/yogurt/butter wash produces flexible, flavorful, and externally crisp layers upon baking."

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Beef Samosas

Beef Samosas

"Beef and potatoes are the main ingredients folded inside these wonderful deep fried samosas," says sassyangelkiwi Donna-Maree Aus. "Chicken livers may be substituted for beef, if you choose. My friend from Bangladesh gave me this savory, spicy recipe. You just can't buy better in the shops."

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Wrapped Salmon

salmon wrapped in phyllo dough on plate

Here's a simple and different way to serve salmon. You'll season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, coat with Dijon mustard, wrap in phyllo dough, and then bake. "This is basically salmon Dijon, but with a twist," says HEIDI S. "Very easy to make and delicious! Goes well with fresh steamed veggies and rice."

07 of 19

Italian Spinach and Ricotta Pie

Italian Spinach and Ricotta Pie
Photo by Magda.

"This Italian spinach and ricotta pie (torta pasqualina) from the region Liguria is traditionally eaten for Easter, but can of course be served any time of the year," says PaolaAlbanesi.

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phyllo dough in swirl formation

"This recipe is Eastern European in origin; being from Bosnia, my mom made this for me growing up and my whole family always looked forward to it! Serve with Balkan style yogurt for authenticity," says mms09.

09 of 19

Maria Athans' Spinach Pie

spinach with phyllo sheets on top
Deb C

Here's a traditional Old World recipe that looks complicated but isn't. "The best tasting spinach pie I've had," says Sandy Parks.

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Feta Cheese Burek (Phyllo Dough)

swirled phyllo pastries

In this recipe from the Balkans, you'll fill sheets of phyllo dough with a creamy feta and cottage cheese mixture and roll into spirals. "An Eastern European delicacy, probably one of the most loved foods from the Balkans," says An Ko. "In this recipe, we will be using the pre-made phyllo dough. This one will be with feta cheese. You can also put potatoes, meat, spinach, or boiled cabbage inside! Truly a tasty meal! And very easy to make! Eat with yogurt for authenticity."

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"Everything" Seasoning Phyllo Crackers

phyllo crackers with everything bagel seasoning
France C

"These phyllo crackers have a delicate, flaky texture with a buttery flavor," says France C. "Bagel seasoning can be found at most major retailers or you can make your own. These can be a little finicky to make at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will be hooked!"

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layered phyllo dough with cheese
Fotis Papadopoulos

This Greek cheese pie features layers of crispy phyllo dough and a filling of feta and Kefalotiri cheeses. If you can't find Kefalotiri, Parmesan cheese works great, too.

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Cheese Filled Triangles

Cheese Filled Triangles

Phyllo dough triangles are filled with spinach, feta cheese, and cottage cheese to make a savory appetizer that's as elegant as it is delicious.

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Spinach and Cheese Pie

spinach and cheese pie wit phyllo crust in glass pie dish
Joan Stafford

Frozen phyllo dough makes a flaky, crisp alternative to traditional pie crust in this savory vegetarian dish.

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Jamie's Baked Brie

baked brie wrapped in phyllo dough

Crack into the flaky phyllo dough shell to reveal melty, bubbling Brie. "I made this recently for a Christmas Eve potluck and it was delish!" says reviewer jazzysmom.

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Truffle-Parmesan Phyllo Crackers

phyllo crackers in white ceramic dish
France C

Buttery, flaky phyllo dough crackers are seasoned with black truffle and Parmesan cheese.

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Sausage Spanakopita Triangles

Sausage Spanakopita Triangles on a plate with a decorate rim with a striped dishcloth in the background.

In this twist on a traditional Greek appetizer, phyllo tough is stuffed with sausage, spinach, green onions, ricotta cheese, and feta cheese. "I loved the filling in this recipe," says Allrecipes Allstar Happyschmoopies.

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Greek Cheese Pie

phyllo dough pie with cheese filling
Diana Moutsopoulos

"This is an authentic recipe for 'tyropita,' or Greek feta cheese pie," says recipe creator Diana Moutsopoulos. "Layers of crispy phyllo and a simple filling of feta cheese. You don't need anything more!"

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