How to Steam Frozen Spinach


Frozen spinach is convenient to keep on hand for quick dinners. Steaming it helps retain the most flavor and nutrients. Spinach is most often frozen soon after being picked, locking in essential vitamins and nutrients like folate, vitamin A and vitamin C. You can steam frozen spinach either on the stove top or in the microwave. Whichever method you choose, it only takes a few minutes to turn an ice-cold brick into a tender side dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Steamer basket

Steamer Basket

  • Fill a large saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of water and place a steamer basket or metal colander into the pan. The water should come to just below the bottom of the steamer basket or colander. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat.

  • Remove the spinach from its package and place it into the steamer basket or colander. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium.

  • Steam the spinach until it is completely thawed, about 3 to 7 minutes, depending on the amount of spinach. If necessary, add more water to the pan to prevent it from becoming dry.

  • Remove the spinach from the steamer basket and season as you wish.

Microwave Steaming

  • Remove the spinach from its packaging and place in a microwave-safe dish.

  • Pour enough water into the dish to reach one-third the height of the spinach. Cover the dish.

  • Microwave the spinach on high until it is warmed through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Cooking times can vary depending on the amount of spinach.

  • Transfer the spinach to a colander to drain excess liquid. Season to taste before serving.

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