How to Cook Fresh Spinach


There are several ways you can prepare fresh spinach for a healthy side dish. One of the easiest ways is to sauté it in a pan. It only takes a few minutes to make and you will be surprised by how much better fresh spinach tastes than the canned or frozen varieties.

Things You'll Need

  • 16 oz. of fresh spinach
  • Large skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Colander
  • 1/2 medium size red onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic from a jar or 1/2 clove of fresh garlic
  • Rinse the spinach with cold water under the faucet. Even if your spinach comes in a bag you should still take this extra step to remove any debris or dirt that may have been accidentally packaged.

  • Coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil to prevent sticking

  • Place the skillet on medium-high heat and allow the skillet to warm up before adding any ingredients to the pan.

  • Add half of a red onion to the skillet and a pinch of salt. Sauté the onion until it becomes translucent.

  • Add garlic to the onion and continue to stir the mixture.

  • After approximately 30 seconds add the spinach to the skillet and continuously stir the mixture.

  • Allow the spinach to cook for approximately two to three minutes

  • Remove from heat and place in a bowl for serving

Tips & Warnings

  • When cooking spinach always buy more than you think you need, as 16 oz.of fresh spinach can cook down to less than a cup.
  • If using mature spinach, you will also have to remove the leaves from the hard stalks before the rest of the preparation.

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