Recipe for Giouvarlakia, a simple and satisfying Greek soup

Giouvarlakia Recipe

Giouvarlakia is a simple and traditional Greek soup that is deliciously satisfying all year round, featuring meatballs in a creamy egg-lemon sauce.

Recipe for Giouvarlakia, a simple and satisfying Greek soup

You can create a beautiful Giouvarlakia dish for the entire family with only a few key ingredients and in just a few simple steps.


Yield - a family of four.


500g ground beef.

2/3 cup medium-grain rice.

One grated onion.

Two cloves grated garlic.

1/2 grated fresh tomato.

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley.

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint.

1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano.

One whole egg.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Extra 1/4 cup of medium grain rice.

2 eggs separated.

Juice of 2 lemons 🍋.


Begin by placing a large pot of water (filled approximately halfway) onto medium-high heat with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Combine all the yiourvalakia ingredients together in a bowl. Work the mixture well with your hands until it holds very well. Using a tablespoon, spoon out equal parts of the mixture and form them into balls, gently placing them in the water.

Once all the meatballs have been added to the pot, add the extra 1/4 cup of rice (this will help the soup thicken slightly).

All the soup to come to a gentle boil, begin skimming off any surface impurities. Allow the yiourvalakia to cook for approximately 40 minutes or until the rice in the meatballs has cooked through.

Once it’s ready, taste and adjust for seasoning and turn off the heat while preparing the avgolemano. In another bowl, begin by vigorously whisking the egg whites until they are foamy, then add the yolks and whisk again. Slowly stream in the lemon juice as you continue to whisk.

Using a ladle, spoon out the hot stock from the pot and gently stream it into the avgolemano mix whilst whisking and repeat with another 5-6 ladles full. Pour the avgolemano mix with the stock back into the pot, stirring gently and place the lid on for 10-15 minutes and serve with freshly cracked black pepper—Kali orexi.

Credit: Mary’s Kouzina – recipe and photo



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