Before you start cooking spinach, follow these steps:
TIP: Skip a Step! If you’re using baby spinach in your spinach recipes, the stems generally do not need to be removed, as they’re more tender. You also won’t need to tear the leaves into pieces, as they’re already bite-size. In addition, if you choose prewashed baby spinach, sold in bags in the produce aisle, you can skip washing the leaves, too.
Generally, the best way to cook spinach is on the stovetop. Sautéing spinach is an especially quick and easy way to cook spinach, and this method also evaporates excess moisture in the leaves. However, you can also boil or steam spinach.
Here’s how to cook spinach on the stove, starting with our easy sautéed spinach recipe. Each of the following three methods for cooking spinach makes 4 side-dish servings.
How to Saute Spinach:
Try sauteing spinach in this Sauteed Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts recipe.
How to Steam Spinach:
To Cook Fresh Spinach in Boiling Water:
Try boiling spinach in our Velvet Spinach recipe.
Store-bought canned spinach is fully cooked. To cook, simply place the spinach, along with the liquid from the can, into a saucepan and cook until heated through. Drain and serve. If you like add a little butter and season with salt and pepper (though taste the spinach first—many canned products already contain plenty of sodium).
Adding spinach to your favorite pasta recipe is easy. Here are two options for cooking spinach for pasta recipes:
Option 1: Cooking Spinach with Other Ingredients in the recipe
Option 2: Cooking Spinach with the pasta. With this method, the pasta simply wilts enticingly as you toss it with the hot pasta:
This recipe for Italian Pasta with Spinach and Pasta shows you how to cook spinach for pasta using this method.
Try the Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach recipe pictured above, too!
For an unbeatable way to cook fresh spinach, combine the emerald-green leaves with luscious scrambled eggs. Here’s how to cook spinach and eggs for a colorful breakfast or brunch that serves two. Also try it for a quick, casual supper.
This recipe for Egg White and Spinach Scramble shows you how to cook fresh spinach with egg whites for a healthful breakfast.