Recipe of gemista or stuffed greek vegetables step by step

Gemistá or Greek-style stuffed vegetables is one of the most common and easy-to-prepare dishes of Greek cuisine. In its origins, the Greeks preferred to take this meal in summer because it is the time when the vegetable is fresher. A plate contains approximately 150 calories.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.


  • 4 medium sized peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 400 g of minced meat, which can be veal or pork
  • Half onion, half pepper and half a liter of chicken broth
  • 200 g of rice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Half a cup of white wine
  • Provencal herbs
  • A little pepper, salt and cinnamon
Ingredients to prepare gemista

Step by step preparation

Below we detail the steps to follow for the preparation of a Greek style gemista dish:

  1. We put the meat in a bowl and add pepper, salt, garlic, cinnamon and spices.
  2. Cut the top of the tomato, remove the pulp and seeds. We do the same with peppers. We wash them and let them drain upside down.
  3. In a large skillet, we prepare the filling with the onion, garlic, peppers, zucchini, carrots and other vegetables that are of our preference. Add salt and let fry.
  4. Meat, rice, chicken broth and white wine are added to reduce.
  5. Once there is little juice, the mixture will be ready to be used as a filling.
  6. We place the peppers and tomatoes in a bowl after filling them and put them in the oven, previously preheated to 200ºC.
  7. They are left in the oven for 20 minutes and, once this time has passed, our gemista dish will be ready to serve.


Some variants of the gemista change peppers and tomatoes for zucchini and eggplants, or combine all these vegetables.

Normally, it is accompanied with a side of fries and seasoned with:

  • Minced garlic
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Finely chopped parsley
Variant of the gemistá with zucchini

In some cities of Greece, they complement the filling with cheese, bacon, ham, chopped red meats, mushrooms, pine nuts, raisins and hazelnuts, among others.

This meal can be served hot or cold, and can also be accompanied by lemon slices.

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