Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

This spinach and feta filo pie is a taste of the Mediterranean – crunchy, flavourful, salty and utterly delicious.

I’ve loved spinach and feta filo pie (or Spanakopita as the Greek call it) ever since I first tried it. There’s something about the heady mixture of salty feta, fragrant nutmeg and crispy, light filo pastry which really appeals to me. It has all of the elements of a comforting pie, but feels light and guilt free (although, of course, there’s far too much butter and cheese involved for it to be really guilt free).

My love for this pie was hightened on our honeymoon in Kos, where I ate it for almost every meal (yes, that’s right, our hotel served it for breakfast! Yes, it was heaven), and cooking this meal now always takes me back to that beautiful, golden island under the beautiful, golden sun. Sigh!

Although we’re eating this as a main by itself, it would work perfectly well as part of a Greek mezze, perhaps as a side to this One Pan Mediterranean Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Garlic Yoghurt and Savoury Olive and Halloumi Loaf Cake on the side.

This will take you up to an hour to make, and will serve 4 as a main, 6 as a side.

Ingredients, Substitutions and Variations

  • Olive oil – you could use vegetable oil, but olive oil is traditional.
  • Onion– one medium brown onion is perfect.
  • Spinach – ordinary spinach is absolutely fine for this recipe. It’s best to use fresh rather than frozen.
  • Nutmeg – nutmeg lifts this whole dish and is vital for the flavour!
  • Feta – it goes without saying that we need feta cheese in this dish.
  • Egg – to bind the filling ingredients. It’s optional – you can leave it out if you like, but the filling will be looser.
  • Filo pastry – you can make your own filo pastry, but absolutely no shame if you buy it, I always do!
  • Butter – you can also switch for 10ml olive oil.

Top Tips

  1. Get rid of the moisture

    Spinach releases a lot of water, and it’s important to get rid of that liquid before you compile your pie, otherwise the base will go soggy.

  2. Don’t skimp on the butter

    Brushing the pastry with butter (or oil) is what makes the individual layers crunchy and crisp. Don’t skimp, and don’t rush!

  3. Keep an eye out

    Filo pastry can catch quickly in the oven. If the top starts getting very golden before the rest is cooked, cover with foil for the rest of the cooking time.

Get the cook books:

Spinach and Feta Filo Pie

Save This Recipe
Harriet Young
A crisp, golden filo pie filled with spinach and feta.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 200 g spinach
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 400 g feta
  • 1 egg
  • 6 sheets filo pastry
  • 10 g butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  • Roughly chop your onion and add to a frying pan with the olive oil. Saute over a high heat for 1-2 minutes, then gradually add the spinach until it is all wilted. Stir in the nutmeg, and season with black pepper. Allow to cool, then squeeze out all of the excess liquid.
  • Roughly chop the feta and put in a large bowl. Add the spinach mix and crack in the egg, then stir to combine well.
  • Take a large oven proof dish and brush with a little of the melted butter. Lay one of the sheets of filo pastry over the dish and brush with more butter. Repeat until the dish is completely covered with filo, and you have used 4 sheets.
  • Pile in the feta mix. Spread out evenly, then top with the remaining two sheets of filo pastry. Brush with more butter, then fold the overhanging pieces of filo pastry from the bottom layers over the top, so that it is wrapped like a parcel. Brush with more butter, then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!
Keyword feta, filo pastry, spinach

53 responses to “Spinach and Feta Filo Pie”

  1. This looks so delicious. Definitely on my list of recipes to try!

  2. Love the flavours in this Greek pie, very healthy too with all that spinach:-) Thanks for linking to my Focaccia:-)

  3. Oh my goodness, I have to make this very soon… Thanks for this tasty looking post.. hugs

    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

    1. Thanks Laura! Hope you like it x

      1. Harriet, is it alright if I pin the dish ?

        1. Of course it is! Go ahead 🙂

          1. Oh Harriet, thanking you kindly as I am going to be making this dish all the time now… I just adore spinach and filo… oh my I just am drooling over the picture… Thanks again.. hugs

  4. I love Spanakopita / Byrek, when I was in Greece anc Albania I had a lot of it, it’s delicious.
    Your spanakopita looks so temptive ???

    Best wishes,
    Alice

    1. Thanks Alice, it’s delicious isn’t it!

  5. Wow! looks so delicious and beautiful!!

  6. Yum! I used to make this all the time, but I haven’t done so in awhile. Your post inspired me to do it again. Thanks!

    1. I’m glad my post has helped remind you about it 🙂

  7. I love filo and love to work with it. This is a wonderful!!.

  8. This sounds ridiculously amazing, and actually, not that difficult. Would never have thought I could attempt something like this at home, but will now have to give it a try. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  9. It looks superb and so appetizing 🙂

  10. I’ve always wanted… but never had the courage to attempt Spanakopita… must try soon! This looks amazing.

    1. You should give it a go, it’s so easy 🙂

      1. I think it might be on the cards to do this weekend!

  11. This looks delicious and a Greek mezze sounds divine, may have a go at making this.

  12. I took a trip to Greece (Athens and the island Naxos) four years ago. I went with fruit, yogurt and honey every day for breakfast, but I’m right with you on devouring this at every other meal. I’ll have to try this out sometime!

  13. I need to try this one. I’ve always wanted to cook with filo dough, but to be honest, was always afraid I’d mess it up.

    1. It’s so easy – give it a go!

  14. Looks delicious… as do all of your recipes! Thanks for the follow, by the way. (I’ve followed you back) 😉

  15. Spanakopita is the most delicious thing in the world. That looks delicious. I am going to make me one of those!

  16. Loving the idea of a family sized filo pie!

  17. An hour well spent, I say! This looks great. I love, love, love spanikopita, but I’ve never had the guts to try and make it at home. Your recipe makes it look so easy though, so I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Amanda, I hope you enjoy it!

  18. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As you can see I am exploring some food blogs and coming up with gold.. this recipe looks scrumptious…

  19. I can eat this three times a day. S.c.r.u.m.p.t.i.o.u.s. <3

  20. This looks delicious and beautifully made! This dish is super similar to Bulgarian Banitsa (I’m from there and Banitsa uses eggs and walnuts instead of spinach) . Since you enjoyed this dish I think you’d really enjoy this variation as well 🙂

    1. Thank you! Banitsa sounds delicious – I will definitely try it out!

  21. This looks delicious!

  22. This flavor combination is a favorite…and why not for breakfast? I love savory flavor like this for breakfast.

  23. Oh my this sounds sooooo good. I could eat this for any meal of the day! 🙂

  24. Honeymoon pie… how apt on Valentines Day!! 😉

  25. Barely stopping myself to cook it right now! Thank you for your recipe!

  26. Barely stopping myself to cook it right now! Thank you for your recipe!

  27. This looks remarkably easy to cook. When it comes to baking, I’m positively dangerous in the kitchen. But, I think I will give this a try. It may not end up looking pretty but, it will surely be very tasty.

  28. This looks amazing. Spinach and feta cheese is such a great combo x

  29. This looks delicious! Now you need to try making your own filo … just sayin’ … 😉

    1. You’re completely right! Think that’s a weekend job 🙂

  30. Spanakopita is one of my favorites and Greece is #1 on my travel bucket list. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  31. That looks simple enough for me to pull off! and I love anything involving cheese.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Hi there!

I’m Harriet, writer and cook, and I’m so pleased to have you here! I love nothing more than cooking delicious food and sharing it with the world. You can find out more about me here.