Spinach rice

Spinach rice

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6
Cook baby spinach with the rice to bring out the colour in this vegetarian side dish - perfect as part of a Greek Easter lunch

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal519
  • fat36g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre7g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 100ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g baby spinach leaves, washed and finely chopped
  • bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 300g long-grain rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • juice 1-2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and gently cook until softened but not coloured. Add the spinach and half the dill. Cook on a high heat, stirring regularly, until the spinach has wilted down and all the liquid has evaporated.

  2. Stir in the rice and add 600ml water, then bring to the boil. Turn the heat right down again to a very gentle simmer, cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 25-30 mins or until the rice has cooked and absorbed all the water. Give it a stir after 15 mins to ensure even cooking, adding a drop more water as required.

  3. When the rice is cooked, stir in the remaining dill, season well, squeeze over the lemon juice to taste, and serve.

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5th Apr, 2015
Even without the full amount of spinach (I had about half the amount in the recipe), this rice was absolutely delicious. The dill works really well as a flavour and complemented the Greek lamb perfectly.
29th Sep, 2016
Is this the right amount of oil to use? It seems a lot!
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Holanda Polanco
27th Apr, 2019
The recommended amount for oil is way too much. Use less.
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