Mouthwatering Greek Dolmades: A Culinary Adventure

As I reflect on my culinary journeys, my heart often wanders to the vibrant streets of Thailand, where every corner is adorned with enticing street food stalls and the air is filled with the promise of delicious discoveries. While my culinary adventures have taken me far and wide, there’s one dish that never fails to captivate my senses and transport me to another world – Greek Dolmades.

So, let’s embark on this culinary odyssey together, as I unveil the secrets behind crafting these Mediterranean delights, offer serving suggestions fit for a feast, and provide answers to your burning questions about Greek Dolmades. Get ready to roll, savor, and share the magic of Greek Dolmades.

Greek Dolmades
A platter of homemade greek dolmades: a mediterranean masterpiece

Greek Dolmades Recipe

How To Cook Greek Dolmades

Greek Dolmades

A Greek Dolmade is a simple yet delicious appetizer made of rice wrapped in vine leaves. The dolmades are served as mezedes, but can be enjoyed on their own as a snack. A Greek Dolmade is an ideal appetizer for any occasion. They are also great as part of a mezze meal. You can serve them at any time, but it's best to order them well in advance.
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Course: Main dishes, Party
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Greek Dolmades
CookingStyle: Baking, Steaming
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Hung Dao
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Materials/ Tools

  • Pot large
  • Casserole/ baking dish
  • Aluminium foil
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Plate
  • Potholder


Method One: Oven

  • Preheat oven into 350⁰F and get your casserole.
  • Arrange the dolmas in a loose array and you can stack them in two layers in case they can’t be accommodated in a single layer. Pour just the right amount of water and tomato sauce (or broth). If you use the broth, it’s best to partner it with a splash of lemon juice.
  • Cover your casserole with its lid. If you choose to use the baking dish, cover the dolma with aluminium foil.  Put the dolmas inside the oven.
  • Bake the dolma until they achieve the internal temperature of 165⁰
  • Serve the dolma with tomato sauce with its sauce, of course. For dolma with broth, drain it and serve as finger food.
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Method Two: Steamed

  • Preheat electric steamer as per instruction in the manufacturer’s manual.
  • Arrange the dolma in layer or layers, accommodating them all in the steamer’s basket. Cover the steamer with its own lid.
  • Steam the dolma for about 35 minutes or until a maximum of 45 minutes. Be sure that they attain the inside temperature of 165⁰ Serve
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You can make Dolmades year-round and they are delicious anytime of the year. Depending on where you're in Greece, you can try vegetarian versions during Lent. These are known as gialantzi, and are lighter versions of dolmades. During the rest of the year, meat is added. This traditional Greek dish is a perfect snack. If you're a vegetarian, you can try the vegetarian version, as it's much healthier than the regular version.
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Serving: 50g | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 2.3g | Sodium: 396mg | Fiber: 1.3g
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Alternative Method: Slow Cooker Dolmades


  • 1 jar of grape leaves in brine
  • 1 cup of Arborio rice (short-grain rice)
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth


  • Begin by rinsing the grape leaves thoroughly in cold water to remove excess brine. Gently separate them and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the Arborio rice, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs (dill, mint, and parsley), chopped onion, minced garlic, and all the spices (salt, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg). Mix everything well to create a flavorful filling.
  • Take a grape leaf, shiny side down, and place it on a clean surface. Trim the stem if needed. Add about a tablespoon of the rice filling near the base of the leaf.
  • Fold the sides of the leaf over the filling and then roll it up tightly, similar to a small burrito. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the grape leaves and filling.
  • Place the dolmades seam-side down in the slow cooker. Stack them in layers if necessary, but avoid overcrowding to ensure even cooking.
  • Pour the vegetable or chicken broth over the dolmades in the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker to the low heat setting and cover with the lid. Let the dolmades cook for 4 to 6 hours, or until the rice is tender and the grape leaves are soft.
  • Once cooked, carefully remove the dolmades from the slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Place them on a serving platter.
  • Allow the dolmades to cool slightly before serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Tips for making Greek Dolmades

Greek Dolmades
Rolling dolmades – it’s an art form, a labor of love!

Cooking Tips: Secrets to Perfect Dolmades

Grape Leaves Prep:

  • Tip: Rinse grape leaves thoroughly to remove excess brine and blanch them briefly in boiling water to soften before using.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Skipping the rinsing step can result in overly salty Dolmades.

Rice Ratio:

  • Tip: Use Arborio rice for a creamy texture. Rinse it before mixing with other ingredients to remove excess starch.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Using long-grain rice may lead to a drier filling.

Rolling Technique:

  • Tip: Roll Dolmades tightly but not too tightly; the rice needs room to expand while cooking.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Overstuffing or rolling too loosely can cause them to unravel during cooking.

Flavorful Layers:

  • Tip: Layer the bottom of the cooking pot with grape leaves and lemon slices for extra flavor.
  • Mistake to Avoid: Placing Dolmades directly on the pot can lead to sticking and uneven cooking.

Simmering Slowly:

  • Tip: Cook Dolmades over low to medium heat and use a heat diffuser to avoid scorching.
  • Mistake to Avoid: High heat can result in uneven cooking and burnt bottoms.

Serving Suggestions: A Mediterranean Feast

Greek Dolmades
Dolmades paired with creamy tzatziki – the perfect duo!

Occasions and Audience:

  • Dolmades are perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, or as a delightful appetizer for dinner parties.
  • Ideal for those who appreciate Mediterranean cuisine and vegetarian options.
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Side Dishes and Garnishes:

  • Serve Dolmades with a dollop of creamy tzatziki sauce or a drizzle of tahini for added richness.
  • Complement them with a Greek salad, hummus, or tabbouleh for a complete Mediterranean spread.

Beverage Pairings:

  • Pair Dolmades with a crisp glass of white wine, a refreshing Mediterranean beer, or a classic Greek lemonade.
  • Mint tea or a cucumber-infused water can also enhance the dining experience.

Presentation Variety:

  • Serve Dolmades as an appetizer platter, or arrange them in a casserole dish for a family-style meal.
  • They can also be baked with a tomato sauce topping for a flavorful twist.

FAQs: Your Dolmades Queries Answered

Greek Dolmades
A mediterranean feast featuring dolmades, greek salad, and more!
  • Can I Freeze Dolmades?Yes, you can freeze them. Place them in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper between to prevent sticking. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3 months.
  • Are There Vegetarian Dolmades Variations?Absolutely! Simply omit the meat and use more rice and herbs for a vegetarian version.
  • Can I Reheat Leftover Dolmades? Yes, gently reheat them in a covered pan with a splash of water or broth to retain their moisture.
  • What’s the Best Way to Store Uncooked Dolmades?Keep uncooked Dolmades in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • How Can I Prevent Dolmades from Falling Apart? Rolling them tightly and securing with toothpicks can help prevent unraveling during cooking.

Thank you for joining me on this flavorful adventure, and I look forward to our next rendezvous in the world of gastronomy. Until then, savor each bite, cherish each moment, and keep the love for food burning bright.

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