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With tons of fresh herb flavor, this Greek spinach rice is a simple dish with complex flavors. Serve as a side dish with grilled chicken, lamb, or stew, or by itself as a vegetarian main course. The fresh squeeze of lemon juice and feta crumble are critical to the taste — don't leave them out!


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
35 mins
5 mins
55 mins
6 servings

I've never used a production calendar to manage my videos, but when I get an idea for a recipe, I'll enter it on whichever date it came to mind, so I can go back and take a look when I'm trying to decide what to film next. Most times these ideas come from viewer requests, or "food wishes," as we call them in the business. Other times they're something I saw on TV, or a restaurant menu, but the source of these ideas is not something I write down.  

Despite this lack of proper documentation, I almost always remember why I'm doing a certain recipe, but when it comes to this incredible Greek Spinach Rice I have absolutely no idea why I filmed it. Not a clue. It was just there on my calendar, entered a few months ago, and I'd love to remember why. So, if you're the one who requested it, please let me know, since it's kind of making me crazy.  

Whatever the inspiration was, I'm so glad I filmed this simple, but amazing dish. You can't have too many great rice recipes in the repertoire, and if you've never had this before I highly recommend you make it. If you do, I think there's a good chance it goes into the regular rotation. And of course, my standard "I'm making something from a country I've never been to" disclaimer applies …I'm not sure how authentic this is, but it sure was delicious, and I really do hope give it a try soon. Enjoy!  

UPDATE: I always have Michele proofread these recipe posts, and about halfway through this one, she turned and gave me a bemused look. It was then I realized she was the source of the idea, and we both had a good laugh. She had seen it somewhere online, and sent me an email recommending I put it on my list of ideas. Mystery solved!  


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
To Serve:


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice and stir until every grain is coated in oil and you hear it start to sizzle. Stir in 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, cayenne, and green onions and cook for about 1 minute.

  • Add dill, mint, spinach, and 2 3/4 cups water. Mix until thoroughly combined and bring to a simmer.

  • Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until rice is tender, about 25 minutes. If rice is not quite ready at 25 minutes, add a splash of water, cover, and continue to cook until it is ready.

  • Uncover and stir well. Cover again and let sit for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.

  • Divide rice mixture evenly into six bowls. Squeeze ½ lemon over each serving, then top with feta cheese, pickled onions, chili flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Chef's Notes:

Please use 2 teaspoons large-grain kosher salt and not 2 teaspoons fine salt (which will be too much). This dish does need to be well seasoned to work, so please taste before serving and adjust if necessary.

You can use 1 pound of fresh spinach, but it must be wilted and squeezed dry before chopping and using.

Long-grain rice will work but may cook a few minutes faster. Chicken broth can be used instead of water.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; fat 14.8g; cholesterol 16.7mg; sodium 917.6mg; carbohydrates 51.1g; protein 10.1g. Full Nutrition