Spinach is a tricky, leafy, green beast. Spinach reduces to about a quarter of its size when cooked so you think a handful will be perfect for a portion, then once cooked it's pretty much invisible. So, how much do you REALLY need for the perfect portion? And how do you cook spinach right to avoid a mushy mess?
How much is a serving of spinach?
Allow 225g per person for cooking spinach, that will be a good bench mark in order to cook enough for everyone.
How to cook to spinach
There are three main ways you can cook your spinach to get it perfect every time. The pan method, the colander method, and in the microwave.
How to cook spinach in a pan
The pan method is faultless and you will get perfect spinach every time. Bring a pan of water to the boil and throw in your measured spinach. This method will cook your spinach in no time so do keep an eye on it - we don't want any mushiness! The spinach will be done in no more than 3o seconds - drain when cooked and serve seasoned with salt and pepper.
How to cook spinach in a colander
The colander method takes just minutes, so you'll have your spinach cooked and ready to go in no time.
Place your measured out spinach in your colander and place in a clean, empty sink.
Take a kettle full of boiled water and carefully start to pour the hot water over your spinach, until it's completely wilted. Let the cooked down spinach drain a little, squeeze out excess moisture and season with salt and pepper.
How to cook spinach in the microwave
This way of cooking spinach is so easy, you'll kick yourself that you haven't been doing it like this for years. All you have to do is put your spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and pop it in the microwave for 1 - 2 minutes. Once that time is up, take the spinach out and squeeze out any excess moisture with tongs - being careful as the spinach will be hot. Season with salt and pepper, et voila: the easiest cooked spinach of your life.
When is spinach in season?
Spinach is best between March and June. The super nutrient leafy green is packed with iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Look for green, green leaves when buying and avoid any wilted yellow leaves.