How to Cook Spinach

There's a reason Popeye never left home without a can of spinach. This super-food is packed with vital nutrients like iron, Vitamin A and calcium, not to mention its concentration of antioxidants. Knowing how to cook spinach means you have a host of options for preparing a variety of health-packed meals. Spinach has a delightfully light flavor that's perfect for salads. But if you're not in the mood for a salad and the idea of canned spinach is making you a little green, it's time to try something new. Cooked spinach doesn't have to be bland. In this recipe, sesame oil, soy sauce and other flavors combine to give sauteed spinach a satisfying tang that's anything but wilted. It's a great complement to an Asian-inspired main course, or as a light meal by itself.
Hi! I'm Miranda with and today I'm gonna show you how to make Sauteed Spinach with Toasted Sesame Oil. So, we have our ingredients all laid out here. Of course, the star of the show is our spinach-- this delightful, lovely, little leafy green. Now, we're actually using mature spinach as supposed to baby spinach. The mature spinach holds up well to cooking, sauteing any sort of cooking and we really preferred to use baby spinach-- that delicate, delicate little leaf in like a salad or in some sort of raw form. Spinach is absolutely packed with iron, so this is gonna be an awesome, super healthy side dish. So, we have 1 (10-ounce) bag of washed and dried spinach here, all ready to go. We have 2 cloves of fresh garlic, which have been minced. We have 2 teaspoons of fresh minced ginger, 1 teaspoon of reduced-sodium soy sauce. Then, we have 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil. Then, we have 2 teaspoons also of rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds. So, we are going to get started over here. You can either use a Dutch oven or like a medium-sized skillet like I have over here. We're gonna do it on medium-heat and make sure it's not too, too hot because we're gonna start by cooking our garlic. We're gonna grab our sesame oil, our delicious, toasted sesame oil. Now, we are going to add in our garlic. Oh, my gosh that smells so good and our ginger. Now, we're just gonna let this cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds and now let's add in our sesame seeds with the garlic and the ginger, so that smelling delicious, perfectly fragrant. So, I know, I'm ready to add in my spinach. Now, because of the size of my pan and the amount of spinach I have, what we're gonna start to do is just do in batches. We're gonna toss and let this wilt, making more room for the rest of the spinach. And now, you see is it's wilting, I have more room, okay. So, I'm just gonna keep adding these in and I'm just tossing, wilting, and [unk] as I go, until I can fit all of the spinach into the pan. Okay, so it's been 2 minutes. Look how gorgeously this is wilted, looks so super yummy delicious. Let's turn it off the heat and then the very last step is to just sprinkle our soy sauce on and our rice vinegar. Give it one more nice little toss and we are ready to serve. And there you go, the vitamin-packed, super delicious, a nice little twist on an old favorite and that's how you make Sauteed Spinach with Toasted Sesame Oil. Thanks for watching, and for more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 2   teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1   tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2   cloves garlic, minced
  • 2   teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1  10  ounce bag fresh spinach, (see Ingredient note), tough stems removed
  • 2   teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1   teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Step By Step

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and soy sauce. Serve immediately.
Ingredient Note: The sturdier texture of mature spinach stands up better to sauteeing than baby spinach and it's a more economical choice. We prefer to serve baby spinach raw.

This recipe gives spinach the spotlight it deserves, pairing flavors together that naturally enhance its own light flavor. If you're looking to up your consumption of this power green, remember that it's also great as a complementary ingredient in other dishes. Try mixing some spinach in with your morning scrambled eggs, or use spinach instead of lettuce as a sandwich or burger topping.
Popeye had the right idea, but you don't have to suffer canned spinach to be strong to the finish. Learn how to cook spinach in a few delicious ways, and you'll never think of this little leaf as bland again.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 102, Fat, total (g) 7, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 7, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 4, pro. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 195, Potassium (mg) 732, Vegetables () 1.5, Fat () 1.5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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