A simple recipe for healthy steamed spinach, seasoned with butter, lemon juice and garlic. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones!
I love my sautéed spinach – 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:
- Pre-washed spinach leaves
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Melted butter
- Fresh lemon juice
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:
- You simply steam the spinach in a large pot to which you add a bit of water, then cover.
- When the spinach is cooked, you season it with salt, pepper, garlic, butter, and a squirt of lemon juice.
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! My kids used to really dislike spinach, until they realized how delicious it is when liberally topped with butter. And when I use grass-fed butter, I know it’s actually good for them.
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.
Is steamed spinach good for you? Is it better than raw?
Steamed spinach is very healthy. Spinach is a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folic acid, iron and calcium.
As for raw vs cooked, some sources say that raw spinach provides more antioxidants than cooked, while others maintain that cooked spinach provides large amounts of beta carotene compared to raw spinach and that cooking also decreases oxalates.
I think we can all agree that raw or cooked, spinach is very healthy!
Since boiling vegetables does result in water-soluble vitamins being lost in the boiling water, steaming is preferable to boiling.
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 the leftovers 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.