How to Microwave Spinach
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time1-2 mins
The best and fastest way to cook spinach? The microwave, of course! Steam will preserve both the vibrant color and nutritional benefits of this leafy green. Season it with salt, or incorporate it into dishes like soups, omelets, pasta, and more.
Make sure to pack fresh spinach leaves tightly into the Anyday as the leaves will wilt down into a concentrated dish. Using a larger Anyday dish (like the Extra Large dish) will guarantee more servings of this super green.
All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.
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Microwave Match Up: Spinach
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All You Need to Know About Microwaving Fresh Spinach
How long does take to cook fresh spinach in the microwave?
|3 cups fresh baby spinach
|6 cups fresh baby spinach
|9 cups fresh baby spinach
|12 cups fresh baby spinach
It typically takes around 1-2 minutes for fresh spinach to cook in the microwave. To tell when the spinach is ready, look for glossy, tender leaves. You can also test it by biting into a small piece; the spinach should be tender, but not mushy.
How to cook frozen spinach in the microwave?
Microwaving frozen spinach is an easy and convenient alternative to fresh spinach! Place frozen spinach leaves in an Anyday, cover with the lid, and microwave until tender. If using frozen chopped spinach from a block, you may need to stir halfway through the cooking process to break up the spinach. This will help the vegetable cook more evenly.
How to freeze microwaved spinach?
First, cook the spinach in the microwave and allow the wilted greens to come to room temperature. Pack the greens into the 1/2 Cup Anytime Freezer Trays, cover with the lid, and freeze for up to 3 months. Add a frozen portion to soups, stews, pastas, and more!
Is it better to boil or steam spinach?
Steaming is one of the best cooking methods for preserving nutrients, including water-soluble vitamins, which are sensitive to heat and water. Steaming spinach can help preserve the folate content in spinach, a B-vitamin crucial for a healthy diet. Spinach will lose a lot of its nutrients when boiled.