Spinach might be the easiest side dish you ever make!
Not only popeye love it but we eat it regularly. Especially fresh spinach is great to serve with potatoes and a schnitzel. So are you ready to learn how to cook spinach? Join me in the bistro kitchen!
When I was a little kid I remember that cooking spinach for dinner was a big deal. All of the leaves had to be washed first to remove all the sand.
Those days are long gone because you can buy it washed and cleaned in the store and that is half the battle.
I still wash my fresh spinach but it doesn’t contain a lot of rubbage anymore. It also has a lot of health benefits like vitamins, iron, and minerals.
To make the best side dish you need a number of ingredients. Put the following ingredients on your grocery shopping list:
- Fresh spinach
- Olive oil
- Splash of fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper
How to cook spinach
To make this recipe start with preheating a cast-iron skillet. Add olive oil in the skillet on medium heat.
Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic cloves and add to the skillet when the oil is hot.
Saute the onion and garlic for about 1 minute to release the flavor and turn soft and translucent. Stir constantly to keep the onion and garlic from burning.
Add the spinach to the skillet and add a handful at a time and use a wooden spoon to stir it through the pan so the spinach wilts, and cooks
Keep on adding and stirring uncovered on medium-high so the spinach picks up the flavor of the garlic and onion.
Remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before you squeeze a touch of fresh lemon juice right out of the lemon on the spinach.
Stir to combine and add a pinch of salt and fresh pepper.
Is spinach keto?
Absolutely it fits perfectly in a keto diet or low carb diet. It has very high nutrient levels and very r low carb levels.
So spinach but also other leafy greens are an ideal. It boosts your vitamin intake as it contains lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
It is also an excellent source of iron.
How to store spinach?
When you have cooked spinach and want to store it the best way is to store it in an airtight container and pop it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Once you want to eat it put it in a pan and warm gradually. You do not need to thaw the veggies first but warm it straight away.
Other great side dishes
If you like this side dish you will love these side dishes even more:
I hope you enjoy this vegetable side dish recipe as much as I do!
- 16 oz spinach fresh
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 onion
- Splash of fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Chop the onion and mince 2 cloves add when the oil is hot. Saute the onion and garlic for about 1 minute to release the flavor, constantly stirring to keep the garlic from burning
- Add the spinach, a handful at a time, and adding another handful as spinach wilts, and cook. Repeat until all the spinach is added.Stir on medium-high heat for only 1 minute, constantly stirring, uncovered
- Remove from heat and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before adding a touch of fresh lemon juice right out of the lemon. Stir to combine
- Taste the spinach, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Ready to serve
Do not use bottled lemon juice (it's too acidic).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g