How to Cook Spinach

The secret to how to cook fresh spinach properly is to not overcook it.


  1. Saute spinach uncovered – to really get best spinach results, you cook it just enough to wilt – don’t overcook.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add 3 cloves of minced fresh garlic when the oil is hot, and saute the garlic for about a minute to release the flavor, stir constantly to keep garlic from burning.
  3. Add spinach, a handful at a time, and adding another handful as the spinach wilts, cook uncovered, on medium-high heat for about 1 minute, uncovered, constantly stirring.
  4. Remove the spinach from heat and cover – let sit for 2-3 minutes. Uncover and mix. Squeeze just a touch of fresh lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon). Do not use bottled lemon juice as it is too acidic.

Taste the spinach, and add a pinch of salt, if needed, and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Top with fresh lemon zest.