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Authentic Spanakopita Recipe (Greek Spinach Pie)

This authentic spanakopita recipe is flaky and flavorful, with layers of spinach, leeks, herbs, and phyllo dough. A fantastic classic Greek recipe that makes a great dinner or holiday meal.

It can be a tasty main course or serve as a side dish!

This recipe is yet another amazing Greek recipe from our family friend George, who shares his top family recipes with us! He gave us our favorite orzo avgolemono soup and Greek baked giant beans – and yet another to add to our favorites.

This delicious, flaky, and flavorful pie takes a bit of time to make, but is worth every bite! Start by making the filling, laying out the phyllo dough in a baking sheet, and covering the top with more phyllo. Bake, and enjoy!

This Authentic Greek Spanakopita Recipe Is

  • Herby
  • Flavorful
  • Savory
  • Delicious
  • Earthy
  • A Great Special Occasion Meal
  • Vegetarian & Meatless
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Fantastic Special Occasion & Comfort Food Dinners

This easy spanakopita recipe is the tastiest, coziest dinner meal. It’s perfect for a hearty main dish for the family, and also great to make for company if you are having guests for dinner. The oven does most of the work, so you can enjoy hands-off time while you prep sides or a salad.

It makes a great holiday or entertaining recipe, anytime of year. It’s a great meatless meal which you can enjoy as a Lenten recipe or for Easter. Browse all our easy dinner recipes here to find your next favorite!

Ingredients for This Greek Spinach and Leek Pie Recipe

  • Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil: I like to use this fruity olive oil which has a fantastic flavor and deep color- it’s inexpensive & I like to keep a few liters stocked up in my pantry.
  • Leeks
  • Green Onions or Spring Onions
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Baby Spinach – you can use either fresh or frozen. I used fresh, but if you do use frozen spinach, make sure you thoroughly dry it out before adding it to the filling.
  • Phyllo Dough – flaky and delicious phyllo dough is perfect for making perfect layers in the pie. I prefer phyllo dough to using puff pastry, so it’s flakier.
  • Eggs – to hold the filling together.
  • Feta cheese – for an authentic recipe, use Dodoni feta cheese. The feta filling is the best part of this traditional Greek spinach pie.
  • Nutmeg – to give it a hint of spice.
  • Black Pepper – for flavor
  • Fresh Dill – gives the filling it’s signature earthy flavor.
  • Unsalted Butter – to brush between the the layers of phyllo dough.
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How To Make This Greek Spinach Spanakopita Pie

  1. Take your leeks and remove tough green leaves, and the roots at the very bottom. Wash thoroughly.
  2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium head. Add the cleaned leeks, green onions, parsley, add the spinach and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Remove any excess liquid.
  3. In a large bowl (or stand mixer) add the feta cheese, pepper, nutmeg, and eggs. Mix well to combine. Add in the cooked leek and spinach mixture, and mix again. Stir in the chopped dill.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13×9 baking dish, and layer 10 sheets of the phyllo dough to the bottom, buttering each sheet of phyllo dough with the melted butter.
  5. Add the spinach, feta, and leek filling. 
  6. Top the spinach filling with the 10 remaining sheets of phyllo dough, again buttering each layer.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until phyllo dough turns golden brown. Once finished, remove the spanakopita from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature before slicing with a sharp knife.

Store leftovers in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Frozen Spinach Recipes

You can use fresh spinach, or frozen chopped spinach in the spanakopita filling. Frozen produce is a great option for finding fresh and flavorful vegetables in the off season. By using ingredients from the freezer section, I can stock up when they are on sale, and use them in all kinds of great dishes. It saves me a trip to the store, and I can add amazing veggies right into the recipe. 

This delicious spanakopita recipe makes cooked spinach and fresh herbs the star.  Check out all my recipes that use freezer ingredients– great for those nights when you want dinner ready fast! 

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More Authentic Greek Recipes You’ll Love

Fasolatha, Greek White Bean Soup Recipe

Youvarlakia, Greek Meatball Soup Recipe

Avgolemono Soup with Orzo Recipe

Greek Giant Beans Recipe

Vegan Greek Salad Recipe with Red Wine Vinaigrette

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Authentic Greek Spanakopita

Kelly Jensen
This authentic spanakopita recipe is flaky and flavorful, with layers of spinach, leeks, herbs, and phyllo dough. A fantastic classic Greek recipe that makes a great dinner or holiday meal.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek
Servings 12 servings
Calories 392 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 13 x 9 inch baking dish
  • 2 Mixing Bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 bunches green onions
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 package phyllo dough 20-24 sheets
  • 6 eggs
  • 20 ounces feta cheese
  • nutmeg and pepper to taste about 1/4 teaspoon each
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter melted, 1/2 cup

Instructions
 

  • Take your leeks and remove tough green leaves, and the roots at the very bottom. Wash thoroughly.
  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium head. Add the cleaned leeks, green onions, parsley, add the spinach and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  • In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer) add the feta cheese, pepper, nutmeg, and eggs. Mix well to combine. Add in the cooked leek and spinach mixture, and mix again. Stir in the chopped dill.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 13×9 baking dish, and layer 10 sheets of the phyllo dough to the bottom, buttering each sheet of phyllo with the melted butter.
  • Add the spinach, feta, and leek filling.
  • Top with the 10 remaining sheets of phyllo dough, again buttering each layer.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until phyllo dough turns golden brown.

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Nutrition

Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 12gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 709mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3408IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 291mgIron: 3mg
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