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Spanakorizo with Halloumi

This healthy, traditional Greek recipe is a simple and nutritious dish. It is best accompanied by slices of fried haloumi cheese.

Spanakorizo with Halloumi

Spanakorizo with Halloumi

  • 35m
  • 35m
  • 4


  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 oz halloumi cheese
  • 20 oz frozen spinach
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dried mint
  • 2 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c brown rice
  • 3 c water


  1. Dice onion. Zest and juice lemon. Slice halloumi cheese into 1 ounce slices.
  2. In a dutch oven or soup pot, heat 2/3 of the olive oil. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
  3. Add spinach, stir to combine, and cook for 3-5 minutes until heated through. Add garlic, mint, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon zest and stir.
  4. Add rice and water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, and lower heat to a simmer. Simmer rice and spinach for 15 minutes.
  5. While spinach and rice are cooking, fry the halloumi cheese.
  6. Brush olive oil on each slice of cheese and heat remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  7. Cook cheese slices for 1-3 minutes on each side. They should form a golden brown crust. When done cooking, remove to a plate and set aside.
  8. When spinach mixture is cooked, and all liquid has been absorbed, sprinkle in lemon juice and stir. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  9. Spoon into individual bowls and top with a slice of halloumi. Serve immediately.

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