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Lemony Steamed Spinach (Recipe)

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.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:34AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

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

7:58PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing it with us!

6:48AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

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

4:55AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:37AM PDT on May 15, 2013

outra receita deliciosa e saudade!

8:26AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Sounds good, will try - thank you.

3:47AM PDT on May 12, 2013

great recipe

8:42PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Yum ~ I'll try it!

6:26PM PDT on May 11, 2013

That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

5:19PM PDT on May 11, 2013

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

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