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Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie

May 18, 2018 (Last Updated: October 29, 2021)

Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie is a flavorful savory pie filled with spinach, eggs, and feta. This delicious spinach and feta pie is an iconic Greek dish that can be enjoyed as a starter for the main course, an accompaniment to the main course, or a main course if served with a light salad, cheese, and other various complimentary items.

Spanakopita is reasonably simple to make, believe it or not.  It’s delicious served, either hot or cold. I have been notorious in the past for taking it right out of the refrigerator and gobbling it down cold, and it’s still a fabulous snack. I love the taste of spinach and feta filling, savory, slightly tart, yet wrapped in a sweet buttery-tasting phyllo dough.


Spanakopita - Greek SpinachI used to get intimidated to try to make Greek Spinach Pie’s, the phyllo dough scared the living heck out of me. All those layers of paper-thin dough that looked so easy to break, just thin, fragile layers of scariness. However, one day I stepped into the kitchen with my friend Dina’s Mom and learned to face my fears of this intimidating dough. I found it wasn’t as fragile as I had thought.



Spanakopita - Greek Spinach PieThe moral of the story can be deceiving at times. Yes, it would help if you were a little careful with phyllo dough, but you can handle it without too much worry. So if you’ve never used phyllo dough because you were fearful of ruining the dough, get in that kitchen and stop worrying about ruining the dough. I’m betting with a tender touch; you will be just fine.



Let’s talk about Spanakopita or Greek Spinach Pie a little. A more traditional filling includes spinach, feta cheese, onions or scallions, egg, herbs, and seasoning. The filling is layered in phyllo pastry with butter or olive oil, either in a large baking dish with an individual serving cut or made into triangular servings.

While the phyllo dough recipe is most common, some recipes from the call for a crust made of flour and water form a crunchier, thicker exterior in place of the flaky dough. The pastry should be cooked golden in color when baked, the color often enhanced by butter.




Spanakopita - Greek Spinach Pie You definitely will want to try to add the proper ratio of filling compared to phyllo.  Sometimes people attempt to use a thick layer of the filling. However, when using the thin phyllo, you want to make sure that it will withstand the amount of spinach filling without breaking apart easily. I usually try to keep my filling at about no more than 2 inches thick, more often than not, an inch and a half.

This Mediterranean dish is wonderfully flavorful and reasonably easy to make, minus brushing butter on the pastry sheets. It usually takes me about 5 minutes to do all of them. The first time, I think it took 10 minutes because I was fearful and intimidated by them. After your first time doing them, it will go so much faster. Just remember to lightly brush them as you don’t want them drenched in butter. You are aiming for a beautiful, light, flaky look to your finished recipe.





Ingredients needed to make Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie

  • One medium white onion
  • Four spring onions
  • Two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sixteen ounces of frozen organic chopped spinach
  • One bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • Ten ounces of quality feta cheese
  • Two tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • kosher salt, to own taste
  • Two eggs
  • One roll of phyllo dough divided x2
  • One stick of unsalted butter
  • lemon slices to serve, optional





Spanakopita - Greek Spinach Pie

Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie

Heidy McCallum
Spanakopita – Greek Spinach Pie is a flavorful savory pie filled with spinach, eggs, and feta. This delicious spinach and feta pie is an iconic Greek dish that can be enjoyed as a starter for the main course.
4.97 from 26 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Cooling 8 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Servings 8 People
Calories 273 kcal


  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 4 spring onions whites only
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces chopped spinach thawed, drained
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • 10 ounces feta cheese
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 roll phyllo dough divided x2
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced, optional


  • Chop the white onion and slice the spring onion whites, place a metal skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to skillet to heat, and then add onions. Cook until softened.
  • Add the thawed and thoroughly drained organic chopped spinach to the metal skillet, and lightly saute for a few minutes before adding the flat-leaf parsley, fresh dill, ground nutmeg, and kosher salt. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Once the spinach mixture has completely cooled, crumble feta cheese into the mixture, and add the lightly beaten eggs. Combine all ingredients. 
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a large baking dish by lightly brushing with olive oil, or spraying with cooking spray.
  • Divide dough by 2. Brush each pastry sheet lightly with melted unsalted butter and place in the bottom the pre-treated baking dish. Only use 1/2 of pastry sheets.
  • Spread the spinach mixture evenly over the dough in the large baking dish. Cover the spinach mixture with the remaining phyllo dough, remembering to brush each sheet with butter as you layer it on the spinach mixture. 
  • Bake at 375 degrees F till the top is a beautiful golden color
  • Remove from oven and place on a heat resistant surface to cool for about 8-10 minutes before cutting and serving.


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Serving: 01Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 461mgPotassium: 328mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7878IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 278mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cheese, Greek Spinach Pie, Spanakopita
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Spanakopita - Greek Spinach Pie



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  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    September 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    As much as I LOVE spanakopita, I can’t believe I’ve never made it! You’ve inspired me. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Hi, Catherine. Its really fairly easy once you get used to handling the dough. Let me know if you make it.

  • Reply
    valentina maria kenney wein
    September 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I love the flavors in Spinakopita. I’ve never had it as a main course and I love the idea. Just beautiful.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you, glad you dropped by! This recipe is great and I bet you would love it.

  • Reply
    Family Around The Table
    September 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never made spanakopita but do love it! Yours looks easy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Hey there! You absolutely must try it soon! So delicious.

  • Reply
    Bethany | A Simple Palate
    September 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I love spanakopita!! I will definitely have to try this recipe!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 2, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks, so much! Greek food is a favorite in our household. Glad you stopped by the blog to see the recipe.

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Can I freeze this?

  • Reply
    August 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    This recipe is exactly what I have been looking for.

  • Reply
    July 31, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Are you sure you not Greek? I always read on here that you are from the South and Italian. This was damn good you have to be some what Greek. I am keeping this recipe on our menu. My wife loved it

    • Reply
      July 31, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Sam, lol you crack me up. I’m pretty sure I’m not but you never know lol. Thank you for stopping by today.

  • Reply
    July 31, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Can I just say, OMG, this was so freaking good. I don’t think this recipe could get any better than it is. I did not change a thing did it step by step and we had the best meal.

    • Reply
      July 31, 2018 at 11:30 am

      Hey there, Sharon. I am so happy to hear you loved the recipe. I’m also glad you followed it instead of changing it because that’s the part I can guarantee, taste wise. Once it’s changed it becomes the other person’s recipe and I have no idea how that’s’ going to work out. Thanks for being a wonder reader and letting me know.

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      July 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hey there, Sharon. I am so happy to hear you loved the recipe. I’m also glad you followed it instead of changing it because that’s the part I can guarantee, taste wise. Once it’s changed it becomes the other person’s recipe and I have no idea how that’s’ going to work out. Thanks for being a wonderful reader and letting me know.

  • Reply
    Betty Anne
    July 31, 2018 at 11:21 am

    This was one of the best recipes I have tried for Spanakopita ! My kids and husband loved it. He actually told me it was better than his Greek Moms, can you believe that? You must be some kind of cook because he never has said that about anyone’s food. Thank you for this life saver recipe. Please do more Greek recipes.

    • Reply
      July 31, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thank you, Betty Anne, you just made my day with that sweet comment. I am so thrilled you made the recipe and liked it.

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    We just tried this a few days ago and fell in love! Not sure I can pull this recipe off but I sure am willing to try! It’s delicious!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      June 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Good morning! Thank you so much for dropping by to let me know. The recipe is fairly easy and practice makes perfect. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Have a wonderful day!

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