This is a Chinese inspired dish, made of blanched spinach seasoned with garlic, spring onion, and soy sauce. It only takes 10 minutes, making it a great option for your holiday menu or as a side for any weeknight dinner.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Keyword Spinach stir fry with garlic
INGREDIENTS ( 1 CUP = 240 ML )
250gramsor 0.6 pounds fresh spinachcleaned and washed
1fresh red chilichopped (or as needed)
salt to taste
½teaspoontoasted sesame seeds
Prep the spinach
Cut off and discard the thick stem of the spinach.
Dip the spinach in a large vessel of water and let it sit for a minute to loosen any dirt or soil. Drain and wash the spinach and repeat.
Blanch the spinach
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add the spinach leaves, stir to submerge in the boiling water, and blanch them for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Take out the spinach leaves with a tong and immediately soak in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Squeeze out excess water - but not all the liquid from the leaves and stems.
Then roughly cut the spinach into 1-2" length and put them in a bowl.
Stir fry the spinach
Heat oil in a preheated pan, add garlic, and chili. Stir fry for 10 to 20 seconds or until just fragrant.
Add spring onion and stir fry for about 20 seconds.
Add spinach, soy sauce, and salt to taste. Stir fry the spinach to coat and mix with the oil and seasoning.
Remove from flame and serve hot, adding toasted sesame seeds.
Be careful not to squeeze out all the liquid from spinach and make it dry.
Do not want to blanch the spinach - just cook the spinach until wilted, then drain water and follow the stir-frying step as written.
Variations: for additional flavor, you can add some mushrooms or shrimps and add before stir-frying spinach.