Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice) is the comfort food of your dreams. It gives you all the cozy, feel-good vibes but is also loaded with nutrients from spinach, plus flavor from dried herbs and a splash of lemon juice. This easy Greek rice recipe can be enjoyed as a vegetarian main for 4 people or as a side with your favorite protein (up to 6 people).
Rinse the rice well a few times until the water runs clear. Put the rice in a bowl and add water to cover it by 1 inch. Let is sit to soak for 20 minutes or until you are easily able to break one grain of rice between your fingers.
Heat ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil in a braising pan. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft and golden brown. Add the spinach, lemon juice, garlic, tomato paste, and a big pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Sautee the spinach until just wilted. Stir in the mint and dill weed.
Drain the rice well and add it to the pan. Add 1 ½ cups of warm water. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes until the water reduces a bit. Turn the heat to low and cover.
Let the rice cook undisturbed for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and fully cooked through and all the liquid has been absorbed.
Once cooked, let the rice sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
When ready, fluff the rice with a fork and garnish for feta and parsley, if you like.
What kind of rice to use? As explained in the post, medium rice is best to give you the right creamy texture but without being too sticky. Brown rice takes longer to cook, so if you end up using brown rice here, you may overcook the spinach to a point that will affect the flavor.