Spinach Rice with Feta

I like to add vegetables into whatever I’m eating, whenever I can, and this Spinach Rice with Feta is such a great way to do that. The spinach adds just a little bit of flavor and color, leaving the rice just about as versatile as plain rice, all while giving you an extra little dose of vegetables with very little effort.

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I like to add vegetables into whatever I’m eating, whenever I can, and this Spinach Rice with Feta is such a great way to do that. The spinach adds just a little bit of flavor and color, leaving the rice just about as versatile as plain rice, all while giving you an extra little dose of vegetables with very little effort. It’s a great way to add just a little bit more interest to your plate without making your meal prep a lot more difficult.

Overhead view of Spinach Rice with Feta in an oval serving dish with a serving spoon

This simple side dish is inspired by Spanikorizo, a Greek rice dish with spinach and tomatoes (see an authentic spanikorizo recipe here). I pared it down and decided to make it more like a pilaf instead of a saucy tomato dish, and kept the flavors super simple and light, so it would go with just about anything. I also took a major shortcut and used frozen spinach, just to make it as fast and easy as possible (and also because I always have spinach in my freezer). The result is something I know I’m going to be making very often.

What Kind of Rice to Use

The recipe below is written for any type of long grain white rice (regular, jasmine, or basmati all work). Brown rice requires more liquid and a longer cooking time, which may leave the spinach overcooked. Short grain rice varieties, like arborio, will create a sticker end product.

Can I Use Fresh Spinach?

Yes, I used frozen spinach just to make my life easier, but you can certainly do this with fresh spinach, especially if you have some on hand that you’re looking to use up! I suggest chopping the spinach and sautéing it in the pot until wilted, just after sautéing the garlic.

What to Serve with Spinach Rice

This week I served this Spinach Rice as the base for a bowl meal, along with Yogurt Marinated Chicken and some grape tomatoes. This rice would also go great with my Beef Kofta Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables, Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables, or Chicken Piccata.

Close up side view of spinach rice with feta on a serving dish
Close up overhead view of spinach rice with feta in a serving dish

Spinach Rice with Feta

This veggie filled Spinach Rice makes a great bed for grilled meats or vegetables, and adds an extra pop of flavor thanks to feta cheese.
Total Cost $3.06 recipe / $0.51 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 1 cup each
Calories 240.97kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. frozen chopped spinach $0.65
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.14
  • 1.5 cups long grain white rice $0.93
  • 3/4 tsp salt $0.03
  • 2.5 cups water $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice $0.05
  • 2 oz. feta, crumbled $1.10

Instructions

  • Thaw the spinach by either letting it sit out at room temperature for an hour, or by microwaving for 1-2 minutes. Squeeze the excess moisture out of the spinach (it doesn't have to be extremely dry for this recipe, just make sure it's not pooling water).
  • Add the minced garlic and butter to a medium sauce pot. Sauté the garlic in the butter over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the spinach, rice, salt, lemon juice, and 2.5 cups water to the sauce pot. Stir briefly to combine.
  • Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to medium-high, and allow the water to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low, and let the rice simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let the pot rest, without removing the lid, for an additional five minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, gently folding the spinach back into the rice (it tends to float to the top during cooking). Finall, sprinkle the feta over top and fold to combine again. Serve hot!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 240.97kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.48g | Protein: 6.13g | Fat: 6.4g | Sodium: 464.14mg | Fiber: 1.73g
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How to Make Spinach Rice with Feta – Step by Step Photos

Garlic and butter in a sauce pot

First, thaw ½ lb. frozen chopped spinach (either at room temperature or in the microwave) and then squeeze out the excess water. Mince two cloves of garlic and add them to a medium saucepot with 2 Tbsp butter. Sauté the garlic over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Thawed spinach added to the saucepot

Add the thawed and squeezed spinach to the sauce pot.

water being poured into the sauce pot with the rice and spinach

Also add 1.5 cups long grain white rice, ¾ tsp salt, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and 2.5 cups water.

Stirred rice spinach and water in the saucepot

Give the pot a brief stir to make sure everything is combined (the spinach will float to the top). Place a lid on top, turn the heat up to high, and bring it up to a full boil. Once it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low, and let the rice simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and let the rice rest for five minutes, without removing the lid.

Cooked rice being fluffed

After resting for five minutes, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork, gently folding the spinach back into the rice as you fluff.

crumbled feta added to rice

Add the crumbled feta to the rice and fold it in to combine (you can save a little to garnish when serving, if you’d like).

Close up overhead view of spinach rice with feta in a serving dish

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Simple Salmon Bowl

This salmon bowl recipe with rice is the definition of an easy and healthy dinner! Drizzle with a creamy sauce and prepare to be amazed. One of the easiest concepts there is? The bowl meal. Bowl food has surged in popularity in the past few years, and here’s why: it’s easy, healthy, and totally free-form. Even better, everything is cozier in a bowl (so says the Wall Street Journal). So here’s the epitome of a healthy bowl meal: this Simplest Salmon Bowl! The tender, seasoned fish is offset with rice, crisp tender broccoli, and covered in an easy, creamy flavor popping sauce. Try the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce, and prepare to be amazed. Here’s how to build this simple dinner idea — and a few cheater options to make it even quicker. Pick your grain: rice or other! This recipe is designed as a salmon rice bowl, but you could use any sort of whole grain you like! It’s a loose concept that’s like our grain bowl: you can use just about anything. Here are a few ideas, listed from quickest to longest lead time: Couscous: Couscous is small round pasta, and it cooks in just 5 minutes. (If […]

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Salmon Bowl

One of the easiest concepts there is? The bowl meal. Bowl food has surged in popularity in the past few years, and here’s why: it’s easy, healthy, and totally free-form. Even better, everything is cozier in a bowl (so says the Wall Street Journal). So here’s the epitome of a healthy bowl meal: this Simplest Salmon Bowl! The tender, seasoned fish is offset with rice, crisp tender broccoli, and covered in an easy, creamy flavor popping sauce. Try the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce, and prepare to be amazed. Here’s how to build this simple dinner idea — and a few cheater options to make it even quicker.

Pick your grain: rice or other!

This recipe is designed as a salmon rice bowl, but you could use any sort of whole grain you like! It’s a loose concept that’s like our grain bowl: you can use just about anything. Here are a few ideas, listed from quickest to longest lead time:

  • Couscous: Couscous is small round pasta, and it cooks in just 5 minutes. (If speed is your goal, think about using smoked salmon too! See below.)
  • Rice: White rice is done in 20 minutes, brown rice takes about 40 minutes (but you can make ahead and reheat it!)
  • Quinoa: Mix up a pot of perfectly seasoned quinoa: it’s filling and gluten free
  • Farro: Farro is another tasty whole grain that’s chewy like barley
Salmon rice bowl

Find the best quality fish for a salmon bowl

Next up: let’s talk about the salmon! Salmon can vary widely in quality. You’ll want to find the highest quality salmon you can find. Some frozen salmon can be low quality and have a very fishy taste. Here’s how to find a good piece of salmon for this salmon bowl:

  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find good frozen salmon, but for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter. Frozen also works if you can find Coho (see below).
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but more of a splurge. Avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

Cheater method: use canned salmon or smoked salmon!

Want to save money and time with your salmon? Use canned salmon or smoked salmon for this salmon bowl instead! Here are a few notes about each:

  • Canned salmon is the cheapest option. It has the texture of canned tuna, but it tastes like salmon (yum!). Season it to taste with olive oil and salt and pepper before serving.
  • Smoked salmon is about the same cost as fresh salmon, but it doesn’t require cooking! All you have to do is flake it off into the bowl and it has incredible flavor.

Time saver tip: Your fastest salmon bowl recipe is using couscous and smoked salmon. You can likely make the entire meal in about 15 minutes!

Salmon bowl recipe

Make the best pan fried broccoli

What else do you need for this salmon bowl recipe? Broccoli! Broccoli is our go-to side vegetable because it’s got fiber, protein, and loads of vitamin C. You can cook broccoli in many different ways, but the fastest and easiest method is this Pan Fried Broccoli (That We Make Every Day). And we really do make it almost every day!

Try this method, and we hope you’ll be convinced to add it into your life as a side dish for lots of meals…even outside of this salmon rice bowl!

Top it with a simple sauce

Last up: the sauce! Here’s what ties the entire bowl together. And for us: we don’t want to have to whip out a blender here. No, we want sauces that take no time at all to whip up! Here are our 2 preferred sauces for this bowl, and then a few other ideas:

  • Tahini Sauce: This all-purpose tahini sauce is bursting with savory and delicious flavor (Alex’s favorite)
  • Miso Sauce: This miso-based sauce is another umami-loaded sauce with a hint of citrus (my favorite)
  • Other options: Change up the vibe and try our Lemon Dill Sauce or even White BBQ Sauce
Salmon bowl

Salmon bowl variations: other veggies or sauces!

There are so many ways to vary this salmon bowl! It’s more of an idea than a recipe, really. But at the same time, it’s helpful to have all the cooking methods in one place in a recipe (right?). Here are some more ideas for varying this salmon bowl:

What would you serve with your salmon bowl? Let us know in the comments below!

This salmon bowl recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Salmon bowl

Simple Salmon Bowl


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This salmon bowl recipe is the definition of a fast and easy dinner! Throw it all together with a killer sauce and prepare to be amazed.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry rice of any type (or couscous for a quicker meal)
  • 1 recipe Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce
  • 1 pound wild caught salmon fillets, skin on*
  • Olive oil 
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, stem on (about 3 large heads or 6 heaping cups florets)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the rice: Start the rice (go to How to Make Rice or Instant Pot Rice).
  2. Mix the sauce: Make the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce (or make in advance and refrigerate). 
  3. Broil the salmon**: Preheat the broiler to high. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush salmon with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (evenly divided among the fillets) and fresh ground pepper. Broil 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until it’s just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). 
  4. Meanwhile, make the broccoli: Chop the broccoli into medium sized florets. In small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup water with the garlic powder, onion powder and mustard powder. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet and heat it on medium high heat. Add broccoli and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and add the water and spices. Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt and black pepper as necessary. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Want to save money and time? Use canned or smoked salmon! For canned, season to taste with olive oil, salt and pepper. For smoked salmon, just flake it into the bowl: it has incredible flavor as is. 

**If you prefer, you can also pan fry the salmon. Go to Pan Seared Salmon or Blackened Salmon.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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This honey garlic shrimp is so irresistible, you’ll want to eat it every night! A sweet savory glaze covers succulent shrimp, and it’s done in 10 minutes. Every now and then a recipe comes along that knocks our socks off. And so it was with this Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe! There’s nothing like the sweet savory combination of honey garlic glaze and juicy shrimp. The best part? It takes 10 minutes to make. This one is hits all the comforting, satisfying dinner notes with a lightning fast prep speed. It’s hard to find those recipes with that elusive trifecta of healthy, easy and delicious: and this one has it in spades. The secrets behind honey garlic shrimp…in 10 minutes! There’s no marinating time needed with this honey garlic shrimp. It’s the ultimate fast and easy dinner idea…in just 10 minutes! One note: make sure to thaw the shrimp if you’re using frozen; this isn’t included in the timing. Here are a few of the secrets to this kitchen magic trick (or jump to the recipe below): Mix the shrimp with minced garlic, onion powder & salt. This allows maximum coverage of the seasoning on the shrimp first. Mix together a […]

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Every now and then a recipe comes along that knocks our socks off. And so it was with this Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe! There’s nothing like the sweet savory combination of honey garlic glaze and juicy shrimp. The best part? It takes 10 minutes to make. This one is hits all the comforting, satisfying dinner notes with a lightning fast prep speed. It’s hard to find those recipes with that elusive trifecta of healthy, easy and delicious: and this one has it in spades.

The secrets behind honey garlic shrimp…in 10 minutes!

There’s no marinating time needed with this honey garlic shrimp. It’s the ultimate fast and easy dinner idea…in just 10 minutes! One note: make sure to thaw the shrimp if you’re using frozen; this isn’t included in the timing. Here are a few of the secrets to this kitchen magic trick (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Mix the shrimp with minced garlic, onion powder & salt. This allows maximum coverage of the seasoning on the shrimp first.
  • Mix together a quick sauce. Honey, soy sauce, and vinegar is all you need and it’s absolute perfection!
  • Sauté 1 to 2 minutes per side. To learn about the perfect sear, to Perfect Sautéed Shrimp.
  • Turn off the heat and add the sauce! Removing the heat is important so the sauce doesn’t evaporate when it hits the hot pan.
Honey garlic shrimp

The best shrimp to buy

When you’re shopping for shrimp, there are so many options at the store these days. If you’re making this honey garlic shrimp, here’s what we’d recommend:

  • Find medium shrimp (or large). Medium is nice because you get more bites! But either work. Medium is also labeled as 41 to 50 count, and Large as 31 to 40 count (which indicates how many shrimp there are per pound).
  • Use tail on or peeled. For this recipe we like tail on because it looks beautiful. But you do have to remove the tails with your hands as you eat them! So peeled is great too.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both are essentially the same freshness because most shrimp are immediately flash frozen. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.
  • Wild caught. Look for wild caught: it’s the most sustainable!
Honey garlic shrimp

How to thaw shrimp

What’s the best way to thaw shrimp? The easiest way is the night before! But if you’re like us and rarely think ahead: there’s a method too. Here’s the best way to thaw shrimp for this honey garlic shrimp recipe:

  • Day before: Place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Day of: Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl with very cold water. Stir the bowl every 5 minutes to break up clumps of shrimp that freeze together. The shrimp should defrost in about 15 minutes. Make sure to pat it dry before using!
Honey garlic shrimp

Ways to serve honey garlic shrimp

All you need are a side dish or two to make honey garlic shrimp into a healthy dinner that everyone will love. Our favorite picks? Rice and broccoli. Every time we make it, everyone around the table raves. Even our 4 year old inhales it! This is one of those recipes I could eat at least 6 out of 7 days of the week and be happy. Here are a few side dish ideas:

Honey garlic shrimp

This honey garlic shrimp recipe is…

Pescatarian, gluten-free and dairy free (with olive oil).

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Honey garlic shrimp

Honey Garlic Shrimp (in 10 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This honey garlic shrimp is so irresistible, you’ll want to eat it every night! A sweet savory glaze covers succulent shrimp, and it’s done in 10 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium or large shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Thaw the shrimp, if using frozen.
  2. Mince the garlic. Pat the shrimp dry. Stir it together with the minced garlic, onion powder and kosher salt.
  3. Mix the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch in a small bowl, mixing until mostly smooth (a few small lumps are ok).
  4. In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  5. Turn off the heat and remove the shrimp. Add the glaze to the pan and stir until thickened, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Once thickened, stir the shrimp back into the sauce and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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