Are you looking to add more greens to your diet, but not sure where to start? Spinach is a nutrient-packed superfood that can be a delicious and versatile addition to your meals. In this article, I will instruct you through the basics of how to cook spinach and answer some of the questions many people ask when cooking this vegetable.

1. Frequently Asked Questions

1.1. Best Way To Cook Spinach?

The best way to cook spinach is by steaming it. Steaming is a gentle cooking method that involves using hot steam to cook the spinach without submerging it in water. This cooking process helps preserve the majority of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals present in spinach, making it one of the best ways to retain its nutritional value.

1.2. How To Prepare Spinach?

Start by rinsing the spinach leaves in a colander under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.

Remove any tough stems or damaged leaves. If you’re using baby spinach, the stems are usually tender and can be eaten. So you don’t need remove stems

To remove the stems, simply hold the stem at the base of the leaf and gently pull the leaf away from the stem. You can also use a knife to cut the stem away from the leaf. Once the stem is removed, you can use the spinach leaves for cooking or eating raw.

1.3. Can I Use Frozen Spinach Substitute For Fresh Spinach?

Yes, you can use frozen spinach as a substitute for fresh spinach in many recipes. Frozen spinach is a convenient option because it is pre-washed, pre-chopped, and readily available year-round. While there might be slight differences in texture and taste, it works well in various dishes.

2. How To Cook Spinach

2.1. How To Steam Spinach


  • Fresh spinach leaves (prepared)
  • Water


Pour water into a pot with about 1 inch of water and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, place the prepared spinach leaves in the steamer basket

Once the water is boiling, place the steamer basket inside then cover the pot with a lid and let the spinach steam for 2-3 minutes. Avoid overcooking, as it can make the spinach wilt and lose its vibrant color.

After steaming, immediately transfer the spinach to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and retain its color and texture.

Drain the spinach and gently pat it dry with a paper towel then season the steamed spinach with a pinch of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, or any other seasonings you prefer.

Serve it as a side dish or incorporate it into various recipes, such as salads, quiches, omelets, or pasta dishes.

2.2. How To Blanch Spinach


  • Fresh spinach leaves (prepared)
  • Water
  • Ice water


Prepare a pot of boiling water and add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.

Submerge the prepared spinach leaves into the boiling water for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. The exact time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the leaves.

Using a slotted spoon or tongs, immediately transfer the blanched spinach to a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process and preserve the bright green color.

Once the spinach is cooled, drain it and gently squeeze out any excess water before using it in your recipe.

2.3. How To Sauté Spinach


  • Fresh spinach leaves (prepared)
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium heat.

Add a drizzle of olive oil or a small pat of butter to the pan. If you prefer, you can also add some minced garlic to enhance the flavor.

Once the oil or butter is heated, add the prepared spinach leaves to the pan. Stir gently to coat the spinach with the oil or butter and cook for about 1-2 minutes until the leaves wilt and become tender.

Season the sautéed spinach with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the spinach from the heat and serve it as a delicious and nutritious side dish.

Remember that spinach cooks down significantly, so you may need more spinach than you initially think, especially for sautéing.

By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can have a tasty and nutritious side dish or main course in minutes.Try it today and experience the deliciousness of spinach for yourself!

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Jarrett Stieber

Discover mouthwatering recipes, how to cook basic, and knowledge to know when cooking with Jarrett Stieber on the website Eat Me Speak Me. I'm a chef with over 10 years of experience and is famous in Atlanta.

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