This Greek Rice Bake is not only a breeze to whip up — it’s also bursting with mouthwatering Mediterranean flavors. With juicy tomatoes, briny olives, aromatic oregano, zesty garlic, and creamy feta cheese, every bite is a taste of Greece that’ll have everyone at the table asking for more!

greek rice in a bowl topped with feta and fresh herbs

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What makes this rice bake recipe Greek?

The ingredients in this recipe whisk you away to the Mediterranean Sea. Each of them helps balance out the flavor profile of this delicious dish.

The components:

  • The baby tomatoes are the star of this rice bake! They are so juicy after baking them. The tomatoes absorb the spices and almost create a sauce for the rice to cook in.
  • Green olives and kalamata olives are the briny, salty component that makes this recipe shine!
  • Olive oil works its magic to tie everything together.
  • Oregano is an Italian herb, but it has an earthy and fragrant flavor that fits well with Greek cuisine!
  • The feta and cilantro toppings are the refreshing pop of flavor that round out this Greek recipe.
  • Garlic is a staple in most cuisines since it’s the perfect complement to nearly any dish. Check out our blogs on how to store garlic and how to make garlic confit if you’re as much of a garlic lover as we are!
baking dish of tomatoes, olives, onions and olive oil

Why we love making rice bakes

We love easy, flavorful recipes here at Food Dolls, and our rice bakes are just that! This simple rice recipe is convenient to make, it’s a huge time-saving recipe, and it limits mess.

Not only that, but our rice bakes help us cut back on our leftovers and reduce our food waste. That’s right! Rice bakes are the perfect way to use up leftover rice and repurpose the food instead of wasting it.

For another sustainable recipe that can help you cut back on food waste, check out our Stuffed Pepper Rice Bake.

How to make our Greek rice bake

  1. Get an oven-safe baking dish. Pour in the tomatoes, followed by both the green olives and kalamata olives, chopped onions, and garlic.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the ingredients.
  3. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and oregano. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  4. Pop the dish in the oven for about 30-40 minutes and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Remove the dish from the oven. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to press down the ingredients.
  6. Pour in the leftover rice and mix everything together.
    • Note: you can either heat the rice in advance or pop it in the oven for an extra 10 minutes after mixing!
  7. Top with feta and fresh cilantro. Serve warm.
closeup image of a bowl of Greek rice bake topped with feta and fresh herbs

How to store leftovers

Our rice bake recipes are notoriously easy to store. All you need is an airtight container and this will last up to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.

Rice has a tendency to dry out in the cold temperature of the fridge or freezer. Because of this, we suggest adding a tablespoon of water or broth per cup of rice when reheating. This will help to rehydrate the rice and make it taste more fresh.

Greek dishes you are going to love!

Looking for more crave-worthy Mediterranean-inspired meals? Take a peek at these easy-peasy recipes that we love!

  • If you want to incorporate Greek flavors into a different mealtime, try out our Greek Breakfast Casserole. Batching your breakfasts makes morning time super easy. All you have to do is bake this up and cut it into cubes to serve!
  • Our Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is healthy and nourishing. It is a standalone recipe to eat on its own, or you can serve it as a side salad with dinner!
  • Whipped Feta Chicken Salad is always a hit in our home. It is a refreshing and hearty salad that will keep you full for hours.
  • Speaking of chicken recipes, we are obsessed with our Hummus Baked Chicken! It is simple, packed with protein, and delish!
  • Our Greek Pasta Bake is probably the most similar to our Greek Rice Bake recipe. Instead of rice, we use pasta!
  • Ok, we LOVE whipped feta. Our Whipped Feta with Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas is truly the best. It works so well as an appetizer, but you can also serve it as a side with dinner.

overhead image of a bowl of Greek rice topped with fresh herbs

Greek Rice Bake

5 from 3 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
This rice is easy and flavorful. Perfect as a main meal or a side.

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green manzanilla olives seeded
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives seeded
  • 1 small chopped seeded jalapeño optional
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups cooked jasmine or long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley or cilantro

Instructions 

  • In a 11×7 oven safe baking dish. Pour in the tomatoes, followed by both the green olives and kalamata olives, jalapeño (if using) chopped onions and garlic.
    1 cup grape tomatoes, 1/4 cup green manzanilla olives, 1/4 cup kalamata olives, 1 small red onion, 1 small chopped seeded jalapeño, 3 cloves minced garlic cloves
  • Drizzle olive oil over top of the ingredients. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and oregano. Mix everything together thoroughly.
    1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pop the dish in the oven for about 30-40 minutes and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the dish from the oven. Use a wooden spoon or silicon spatula to press down the ingredients.
  • Pour in the leftover rice and mix everything together. Note: you can either heat the rice in advance or pop it in the oven for an extra 10 minutes after mixing!
    2 cups cooked jasmine or long grain rice
  • Top with feta and fresh cilantro or Italian parsley. Serve warm.
    1/2 cup crumbled feta, 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley or cilantro

Equipment

1 (11×7) Baking Dish

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1063mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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11 Comments

  1. Rice has a tendency to dry out in the cold temperature of the fridge or freezer. Because of this, we suggest adding a tablespoon (🅞🅕 🅦🅗🅐🅣!!!!) per cup of rice when reheating. This will help to rehydrate the rice and make it taste more fresh.

    1. Sorry about that, Arlene! It should be water or broth. We updated the post. Thanks for catching it!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

    1. You could try it, but we recommend making it in the oven to achieve the rich, almost caramelized flavors!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  2. 5 stars
    This is good! I roasted the olives and tomatoes longer, and added seasoned ground beef overtop. Very good. Didn’t have feta but you honestly don’t need it, it’s already tasty!

    1. Good catch! Just updated the recipe. It is one small red onion OR a medium shallot, and 3 cloves minced garlic.

      1. Thank you for the update. I guessed on amounts and made it last night. We loved it and will make it again. I served it with homemade shawarma and Greek salad.