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

Mushroom-and-Goat-Cheese Purses

These tasty phyllo tarts are filled with goat cheese and lots of cooked mushrooms.

Skillet Spinach Pie

Rating: 3.07 stars
Opa! This spanakopita-inspired dish is a great vegetarian main or a hearty side for meat or chicken.


Rating: 3.91 stars
This classic Albanian dessert of shredded phyllo dough is dusted with vanilla sugar and walnuts and baked until golden brown.

Lighter Chicken Potpie

Rating: 3.14 stars
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.

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.

Eggplant-Feta Phyllo Pies

Rating: 3.19 stars
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.

Phyllo Cups with Cappuccino Cream

Rating: 3.39 stars
Try adding a tablespoon of liqueur, like Kahlua or Baileys, to the filling for a more adult treat.

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.

Spinach Pie

Rating: 3.24 stars
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: 3.9 stars
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.

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust

Rating: 3.8 stars
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.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Rolled Baklava

Rating: Unrated
For perfectly flaky phyllo dough, we go to Lili Fable, whose family-owned Poseidon Greek Bakery has made about 75 pounds of it a day since the '20s. This rolled baklava recipe is a must-make for a delicious sweet treat.

Spinach Phyllo Pie

Rating: Unrated
Serve this savory Greek pastry as part of an appetizer table at a gathering.

Greek Spanakopita

Rating: 3.15 stars

This classic spinach pie is made with phyllo dough.