Best cooked spinach, with garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and topped with lemon zest (peel)! Tasty, quick, healthy, and beautiful side dish! Goes great with pasta, grilled meats, steak, and chicken. It’s very easy to make, inexpensive, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free!
If you have too much spinach, or want a steakhouse quality side dish for your grilled meats, this is the right recipe for you! The secret to how to cook fresh spinach properly is to not overcook it. Spinach really requires only a couple of minutes of cooking, and then you just let it wilt, off heat, in a covered pan. That’s pretty much all there is to it, plus you also saute some garlic, making sure it doesn’t burn, add just a touch of fresh lemon juice (not a lot, only about a quarter of a small lemon). Do not use bottled lemon juice as it is too acidic! Finally, top the spinach with lemon zest!
This is what the spinach looks like after being cooked only for 1 minute and having been sitting for 2-3 more minutes, off heat, in a covered pan (the photo right below). See how pretty it is, and it has that steakhouse beautiful texture to it?
Spinach doesn’t need more than 1 minute of cooking in a preheated skillet. If you cook it longer, the texture will suffer (it will be crumbly), and spinach can acquire some sort of bitterness to it.
Topping the spinach with finely grated lemon zest adds just the right amount of kick!