Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)

Phyllo dough is only available frozen so make sure you thaw it overnight in the fridge and have it at room temperature when you start. Phyllo dries very quickly so keep it covered with a damp towel while assembling. Before baking, you can score the top phyllo layers (not through to the bottom) with a sharp knife for ease of slicing later. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Makes: 12

Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)


  • 1 pound pre-washed packaged baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 5-ounce chunk of feta cheese, crumbled by hand
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cottage cheese (optional)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper to taste

  • 15 - 20 sheets of phyllo pastry (I use Athens brand frozen)
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. In advance, thaw the phyllo per package instructions.
  2. Line a 13 by 9-inch pan with one sheet of parchment paper across the wide side leaving extra for “handles.” Do not grease the parchment.
  3. Inspect the spinach, discarding any bad leaves or thick stems. Do not wash.
  4. Place spinach into a very large bowl and add onion, parsley, dill, cheeses, egg, and salt & pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  6. Open phyllo and lay flat. Cover immediately with a damp towel to keep from drying.
  7. Lay half the sheets in the pan, letting edges overhang. Spray each layer with an oil mister or brush with oil. Do not grease the last sheet.
  8. Add spinach filling to the pan. pressing down.
  9. Repeat the phyllo process, adding remaining sheets on top of the spinach, spraying each layer with oil, ending by sealing the edges with the overhanging phyllo.
  10. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden on top.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes. Using parchment “handles” remove to cutting board and slice into serving pieces.

Notes: Keep loosely covered (no plastic) and refrigerated. To re-crisp place on foil or parchment–lined sheet and bake, uncovered, in a 325° F oven for about 10 minutes.

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6 Comments on "Greek Spinach Pie (Spanakopita)"

  1. RF

    This was a very good, simple recipe! I used some Sorrel from our garden, along with regular spinach (chopped up and washed … dried/spun an hour in advance). I used a pastry brush to put olive oil on the separate layers of phyllo dough. Thank you so much to specific instructions, down to the frozen phyllo dough! I would not otherwise have tried it.

  2. M

    I cheated a bit and used one layer of puff pastry for top and one for the bottom. Needed a little more baking time (~10 minutes, oven depending) but still delicious!

  3. Elaine

    I made a spanakopita just a week or so ago – i was sure I got the recipe from Jenny Can Cook. It used cottage cheese with feta and frozen spinach. I know this is not the same spanakopita recipe that’s on the site now. Did the previous recipe get deleted? It was so popular with my family and I really want to make the same one again!

  4. Lisa

    I messed this recipe up big time! I placed half of the box if phyllo dough in the pan, oiled it with olive oil and put the spinach and cheese mixture on top. Then, I put the other half of the phyllo dough on top and only oiled the top. I did not put oil in between each layer of phyllo dough! I guess I was confused. Will it even be edible this way? I’m so upset! I will have to try again.

  5. Nitika Manhas

    I wish you had a video for this recipe 🙂

  6. Rhonda

    Oh, my, oh, my – Greek spinach feta phyllo pie! Spanikopita is a favorite of mine and since all of your other recipes have been successful (healthier, delicious, easy to follow) this is a must do for me! I’ll get the mister, too! Thank you, thank you!

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