Spanakorizo: Spinach & Rice with Tomato

Vegetable fried rice
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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
493 Calories
28g Fat
54g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 493
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 11g
Calcium 304mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Greek: σπανακόριζο or σπανακόρυζο, pronounced spah-nah-KO-ree-zo

This is a variation of the dish we serve on Crete and includes tomato paste and dill. It should be served with wedges of lemon and coarsely ground pepper (and some great Greek feta).


  • 2 pounds of fresh spinach (or 4 10-oz packages of frozen chopped spinach, thawed)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 large onion (minced)
  • 5 stems of fresh dill (coarsely chopped, or 2 sprigs of fresh mint)
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of uncooked converted rice
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon (cut in wedges)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat a heavy-bottomed pot on low heat.
  3. If using fresh spinach, wash well, chop, and set aside to drain. If using frozen spinach that has thawed, remove from package, and gently squeeze out excess liquid.
  4. When the pot is preheated, add the olive oil, increase the heat to medium, and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the dill (or mint) and spinach and sauté about 5 minutes until wilted. Dilute the tomato paste in the water and add to the pot with salt and pepper to taste. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, add the rice, stir, and cover. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Do not stir during simmering.
  5. Serve with lemon wedges.