Greek-Style Lemon Spinach Rice

Greek-Style Lemon Spinach Rice

In Greece, there is a classic comfort food dish known as spanakorizo, blending the flavorful goodness of spinach, lemon, and rice. Our modified version has a few extra touches, but retains the classic creamy texture of the original. It’s meant to be a main dish, but you can cut the recipe in half and use it as a side dish to fish or chicken.
Course Side Dish


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 cup medium-grain white rice
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 lemons zest & juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh spinach rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • lemon slices to serve


  • Heat the butter in a heavy skillet or saucepan over a medium low setting. As it melts, add the shallots, and saute until they begin to turn golden brown, or about 3 minutes.
  • Add the rice to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2 minutes. The rice grains should look opaque.
  • Turn the burner to low, and add the broth and half the lemon juice, stirring constantly. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, until the rice is tender.
  • While the rice is cooking, chop the spinach and discard any of the tough ends.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet, and wilt the spinach along with the remaining lemon juice and lemon zest, dry mint, and dill.
  • After the rice has been cooking for about 10 minutes, stir in the spinach and seasonings, and continue to cook.
  • When the rice is done, and you are read to serve, stir in the pine nuts, and top with feta. Garnish with lemon slices to squeeze on as needed
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