Cooking spinach only takes a few minutes and it's well worth doing from
scratch rather than buying the frozen or canned varieties. Those
work fine in many recipes that require cooked spinach but
really the flavour and texture of the fresh leaves can't be
Just don't forget that spinach reduces dramatically
it's cooked so cook plenty. If you are serving it as a side
a large bunch will only serve 2 or 3 people once it is cooked.
Here's How To Cook Spinach
Wash the spinach
really well by rubbing the leaves with your fingers under cold running
water. Sometimes gritty soil likes to stick to spinach
particularly if you’ve grown the spinach yourself or have bought it
from a farmers’ market. Many supermarkets sell pre-washed
I still like to rinse these. After washing, drain the spinach
in a colander,
giving it a good shake to remove excess water.
2. Next, trim
any hard or woody stalks from your spinach and roughly chop the
leaves. If you are using baby spinach leaves, you won’t need
do this. These stalks are small and will be very tender when
cook the spinach.
3. When you are cooking spinach, don't add
any liquid. Spinach contains a lot of moisture already.
water will quickly make it soggy and tasteless. The droplets
water that cling to the leaves after washing will be enough to cook the
4. Place the spinach in a large pot over a medium
heat. If you like, you can add a little splash of olive oil
some crushed garlic. The olive oil is for flavour.
Leave it out if you would prefer to keep your spinach fat
In 1 to 2 minutes, the leaves will begin to wilt.
couple of times and remove from the heat immediately.
Season with a little salt and crushed black pepper if you
and your spinach is ready to serve as it is for a simple side dish.
If you are cooking spinach
for a recipe like cannelloni
or tofu quiche, you
need to give the leaves a really good squeeze once they have cooled to
make sure you remove any excess liquid.
Some spinach recipes to
Baked Spinach And
Bulgur Recipe: Bulgur Pilaf With Feta And
Delicious Tofu Quiche: Smoked Tofu, Spinach And Tomato Tart
Veggie Pizza Recipe With Feta, Spinach
And Pine Nut Pizza
Vegetarian Stew: Sweet Potato And Peanut
Stew With Spinach
Easy Cannelloni Recipe
With Spinach And Ricotta
Roasted Shallot, Parmesan And Spinach Salad Recipes
Spinach And Chickpea
Potato Cake Recipe With
Spinach And Parmesan