Grilled Spanakopita, as seen on Symon's Dinners Cooking Out, Season 4.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Grilled Spanakopita

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 10 servings
I have been making these with my mom since long before I could reach the counter! My family made it for every holiday we ever celebrated, plus many more other occasions. This is the version I grew up eating, with just a touch more herbs, but my mom approves this recipe!



  1. Set up a grill for indirect heat by building the coals on one side only. If using a gas grill, heat one side only to medium-high heat.
  2. Spread the pine nuts in an even layer in a cast-iron pan and place on the direct-heat side of the grill. Cover the grill with the lid and toast until light golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and set aside.
  3. Place a large saute pan on the direct-heat side of the grill. Add a drizzle of olive oil and half of the spinach. When the spinach begins to wilt, add the rest and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and pour into a colander set over a mixing bowl to drain and cool.
  4. To another mixing bowl, add the feta, dill, parsley, garlic, scallions, egg and pine nuts. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix to combine. Wring out the spinach in a kitchen towel when it is cool enough to handle. Roughly chop, then add to the bowl with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  5. Lay out 1 sheet of phyllo and brush with the melted butter. Place another layer of phyllo on top and brush with the butter. Fold in half lengthwise and brush with the butter. Place a scoop of spinach filling on the phyllo closest to you. Begin folding like a football, folding up one bottom corner over the filling, then repeating until completely folded, brushing butter in between each fold. Place seam-side down in a cast-iron pan; repeat with the remaining phyllo and filling to make 9 more. Place the pan on the indirect-heat side of the grill. Cover the grill with the lid and bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook’s Note

If using an oven, bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes.