A simple recipe for steamed spinach, seasoned with butter, lemon juice and garlic. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones!
Steamed vegetables may not sound as exciting as other cooking methods (roasting, sauteing) – but they can be really good. Examples? Sure! This recipe is excellent, as so are my recipes for steamed carrots and steamed cabbage.
I do love my sautéed spinach recipe – it’s very flavorful. But my kids actually prefer this simple recipe for steamed spinach, so I make it often – at least once a week. Another spinach recipe that we all enjoy is this delicious creamed spinach.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty side dish. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Whole spinach leaves: I buy bags of pre-washed leaves. It makes life easier! Certainly use fresh spinach in this recipe.
Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you should reduce the amount you use, or the dish could end up too salty.
Garlic powder: Make sure it’s fresh! A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
Melted butter: Salted or unsalted – both work. I love using creamy European butter, but any butter will be great.
Fresh lemon juice: Freshly squeezed tastes better than bottled.
How to steam spinach
It’s a very easy recipe that requires no special steamer. Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. Place the spinach leaves in a very large, deep skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
2. Cover (ideally with a clear lid so you can peek) and turn the heat to medium-high. When the spinach starts to cook, turn the heat to medium, and keep cooking until the leaves are just wilted.
3. Transfer the cooked spinach to a colander. Press on it with the back of a large serving spoon to extract as much liquid as you can.
4. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, and drizzle with melted butter and lemon juice.
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! My kids used to really dislike spinach (to my dismay, since spinach is so good for you), until they realized how delicious it is when liberally topped with butter.
Can I use frozen spinach leaves in this recipe?
I don’t recommend it. I use pre-washed spinach leaves in this recipe, simply to make my life easier (I’m a lazy cook!). You can certainly use whatever fresh spinach you prefer, but do use fresh – it won’t be as good if you use frozen.
What to serve with steamed spinach?
What about leftovers?
You can keep leftovers in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, in the microwave on 50% power.
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- 1 lb. pre-washed spinach leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Place the spinach leaves in a very large, deep skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of water.
- Cover (ideally with a clear lid so you can peek) and turn the heat to medium-high. When the spinach starts to steam, turn the heat to medium, and keep steaming until the leaves are just wilted, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the cooked spinach to a colander. Press on it with the back of a large serving spoon to extract as much liquid as you can.
- Transfer the steamed spinach to a serving plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, and drizzle with melted butter and lemon juice. Mix and serve.