How to substitute fresh spinach for frozen spinach! Or, a simple way to saute spinach for a tasty side dish.
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How to Substitute Fresh Spinach for Frozen

How to substitute fresh spinach for frozen spinach! Or, a simple way to saute spinach for an easy side dish.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 (1 & 1/2 cups) serving
Calories 228kcal
Author Kelly @ Trial and Eater

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or water as needed if avoiding oil)
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach leaves (16 ounces)

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute. Add fresh spinach leaves and cook for 3-4 minutes. (If using water instead of oil, no need to heat the water first.)
  • Drain extra water/oil from the spinach using a colander.
  • You'll be left with about 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked down spinach, which you can substitute for a 10-ounce package of frozen spinach in a recipe. Enjoy!

Notes

*For perspective, the pictures I used in this post are using 1 package (11 ounces) of fresh baby spinach leaves, not the 1 pound equivalent in this recipe. If you're having trouble fitting all the spinach in one 5-quart pot, cook down some of the spinach for a minute before adding the rest.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 2531mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 42535IU | Vitamin C: 127.5mg | Calcium: 449mg | Iron: 12.3mg