Lemony Steamed Spinach (Recipe)


I know what you’re thinking: how is steamed spinach possibly recipe-worthy? Isn’t it the simplest thing to cook, well, ever? Yeah, I thought that too, until I read a great tip in Dorie Greenspan’s classic cookbook, Around My French Table: season the spinach before you steam it! The flavor definitely surpasses seasoning after steaming, and, as an added bonus, the seasoning is more evenly distributed.

Lemony Steamed Spinach

1 1/4 Pounds baby spinach, cleaned and trimmed
1-1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
Zest of one lemon, grated
Coarse salt & freshly ground pepper

1. Fill a medium pot with about 2-3 inches of water. Place the steamer inside of it. Bring to a boil.
2. While you’re waiting for the pot to boil, place cleaned and trimmed spinach in a large bowl. Toss with one tablespoon of oil, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste, and add some additional oil if the spinach is too dry. Place spinach in the steamer and steam for 3-4 minutes, turning once or twice, until tender. Using tongs, let some of the moisture out of the spinach before transferring to serving plates. Serve immediately.

Recipe Credit: Dorie Greenspan.

See Also: 15 Ways to Use Artichokes


Jennifer L.
Jennifer L3 years ago

I love simple recipes like this. I guess I'm not very creative in the kitchen, because I'd never think to do this!

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin4 years ago

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy4 years ago

Very simple, few ingredients just what I like and spinach is so good, i should eat I will eat more often

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Simone Santos
Simone 4 years ago

outra receita deliciosa e saudade!

B Jackson
BJ J4 years ago

Sounds good, will try - thank you.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

great recipe

Beverly M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Yum ~ I'll try it!

April W.
April W4 years ago

That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

Thanks. Sounds tasty, but the more important: healthy.