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recipe for spanakopita with fresh spinach


Spanakopita, also known as Greek Spinach Pie, is a wonderful recipe of golden flaky filo dough layers surrounding a flavorful spinach cheese filling.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 253kcal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 24 ounces spinach fresh, pre-washed baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley stems removed, chopped
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 16 ounces phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in large pan over medium high heat. Add yellow and red onion. Stir to coat in hot oil, then saute until golden brown, only stirring to avoid burning. Stir in garlic and allow to cook for a few more minutes.
    saute onions for spanakopita
  • Add spinach, parsley, and salt. If pan isn't big enough, you can add it in batches until it cooks down and makes more room. Cook until all spinach is wilted. Transfer everything to a wire mesh sieve or colander and let it cool. Any liquid that drains off can be discarded.
    fresh spinach for spanakopita
  • Once the spinach mixture is fully cool and any additional liquid has been pressed out, transfer to a large bowl. Combine with the eggs, ricotta, and feta cheese and stir to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. To bake, you will need a 9x9 baking dish.
  • Unroll phyllo dough. Cut the dough in half so that it fits in the pan better. Use damp towels or paper towels below and on top of the dough to prevent it from drying out.  Using the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and a pastry brush, coat the bottom of the baking dish with oil.
  • Add a couple sheets of dough and then add a thin layer of olive oil. Continue layering the dough and the olive oil until about half the dough has been used. Allow the dough to go up the sides of the pan. Once half the dough has been laid down, spoon all of the spinach layer onto the base layer of the dough and spread it out evenly.
  • Top the spinach layer with two pieces of dough at a time, brushing with a thin layer of olive oil after every two layers. Once all of the dough has been used, fold any over hanging dough over and tuck down into the sides of the pan.
  • Pre-cut the squares with a sharp paring knife prior to baking. Bake in preheated oven until golden and crispy, about 30-40 minutes. Serve warm.
    six cut pieces of spanakopita


Makes six large pieces or twelve small pieces.
Nutritional info is based on a single piece if 12 are cut.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5640IU | Vitamin C: 21.4mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 3.2mg