Steamed Spinach


This low-calorie side dish recipe is easy to prepare in the microwave. Vinegar and herbs provide added flavor.

Steamed Spinach
Photo: Greg Scheidemann
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 3 6 ounce bag prewashed fresh baby spinach or 2 10-oz. bags prewashed spinach

  • 1 cup snipped fresh parsley, basil, cilantro or watercress

  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar or herb vinegar

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. In a large Dutch oven or very large skillet with steamer basket insert* bring 1 inch of water to boiling. Combine spinach and herbs or watercress in basket; place over boiling water. Cover and steam for 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted, stirring once. Remove basket carefully; drain. Transfer spinach to a serving bowl. Drizzle with some of the vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Pass remaining vinegar. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired. Makes 4 servings.


If you don't have a Dutch oven or a very large skillet with a steamer basket, use a small steamer basket set in a large skillet, and cook the spinach in three batches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

40 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 55.5mg 278%
Calcium 151.5mg 12%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 810mg 17%
Folate, total 274.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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