Greek Dolmades Recipe

Dolmades are a classic Greek dish made of vine leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, and spices. This traditional dish is absolutely packed with flavor and is a great way to get a bite of Greek culture. Dolmades are commonly served as an appetizer, but are also an excellent part of a bigger meal. Get ready to experience the best of the Mediterranean with this authentic dolmades recipe.


– 1 cup extra-long grain white rice
– 2/3 cup currants
– 2/3 cup finely-chopped parsley
– 2/3 cup finely-chopped dill
– 2/3 cup finely-chopped mint
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
– 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
– 2 large lemons, zested
– Salt and pepper
– 1 (16 ounce) jar vine leaves
– 2 tablespoons butter


1. In a large bowl, combine the rice, currants, parsley, dill, mint, olive oil, allspice, cumin, vinegar, lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

2. Drain and rinse the vine leaves and pat them dry. Set aside.

3. Lay a vine leaf on a flat surface and cut the stem off. Add about a tablespoon of the rice filling to the center of the leaf and wrap the sides up and over the filling. Repeat until all the rice filling is used.

4. Grease the bottom of a large pot and line the bottom with grape leaves. Place the stuffed vine leaves in the pot, seam side down.

5. Place a plate on top of the dolmades, pour the butter and 1/2 cup of water over them and bring to a boil.

6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

7. Remove the plate, transfer the dolmades to a platter and drizzle with olive oil. Serve warm.

Now you can enjoy this classic Greek dish in your own kitchen! Dolmades are a great side dish or appetizer to serve your family and friends. The combination of flavors and textures makes it a special and delicious dish that will bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your dining table. Give it a try today and introduce your family to the wonderful flavors of Greek dolmades.