Flaky and delicious, phyllo (also spelled filo or fillo) is delicate pastry dough used for appetizer and dessert recipes. It's composed of many tissue-thin sheets of dough that, unlike puff pastry, have very little fat. Try our wide range of phyllo recipes and get tips on working with phyllo dough from the experts at Martha Stewart.

Staff Picks

Lemon-Curd Phyllo Tartlets

Quick to make and easy to love, this treat uses store-bought phyllo shells as the vessel for a filling of silky homemade lemon curd

Chicken Potpie with Phyllo Clusters

Give chicken potpie the spring treatment. This light, bright recipe is like shedding winter layers. The fancy-looking poufs are just sheets of phyllo dough brushed with butter and scrunched into crackly balls. When baked, they become an extra-crunchy topping for the tarragon-scented filling of shredded chicken, artichokes, and leeks. 

Phyllo Cups with Cappuccino Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars 72
Try adding a tablespoon of liqueur, like Kahlua or Baileys, to the filling for a more adult treat.

Skillet Spinach Pie

Rating: 3 stars 168
Opa! This spanakopita-inspired dish is a great vegetarian main or a hearty side for meat or chicken.

Eggplant-Feta Phyllo Pies

Rating: 3 stars 187
Eggplant turns silky when baked until tender. Served with lightly dressed greens or assorted vegetables and hummus, these little pies make a tasty vegetarian dinner.

Walnut-and-Honey Baklava

The many buttered layers of phyllo dough, walnut filling, and sweet syrup make baklava the ultimate special-occasion dessert in Greece.

Lighter Chicken Potpie

Rating: 3 stars 592
A handful of tweaks turn this comfort food into a smarter choice: white-meat chicken (not dark), extra veggies, low-fat milk in the filling, and a lighter crust. Brushing the phyllo with just a small amount of oil instead of butter makes it just as tasty.

Baked Cherry Crisp

This thin and flaky dessert is a great way to show off ripe, juicy cherries.

Rainbow-Chard Quiche

Chard leaves turn rich and tender when cooked; here, the mild stems provide a vivid topping for a brunch quiche. To ensure that the phyllo dough does not become dry and brittle, thaw it completely in the refrigerator; keep it covered with a towel as you work.

Spinach Pie

Rating: 3 stars 227
This Greek-style dish can be assembled and then frozen for up to three months. When you're ready to bake, it can go straight from the freezer into the oven.

Honey-Ricotta Turnovers

Rating: 4 stars 52
Recreating your favorite ethnic pastry at home is easy with this easy recipe -- you can even fill, shape, and freeze the turnovers for up to a month, then bake them from frozen.

Baklava With Lemon-Honey Syrup

Flaky, sticky, and sweet, this delectable baklava from baker Umber Ahmad of Mah-Ze-Dahr is studded with cloves to anchor the pastry layers and infuse them with warm flavor. Lemon is mixed into the traditional honey syrup for a deliciously fresh twist.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust
Rating: Unrated 147
The crust is most crisp the day it's made, but the pie without the whipped-cream topping and chocolate shavings can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. To cut the pie into neat slices, use a serrated knife.
Ruffled Milk Pie
Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 407.
Rolled Baklava
Rating: Unrated 30
Quick Spanakopita
Rating: 4 stars 27

Fresh herbs and vegetables are the focal point of this Greek-inspired meal that includes this spinach pie made with flaky store-bought phyllo dough.