This Easy Lemon-Steamed Spinach is quick, delicious and the perfect new side dish to add to your menu.

With minimal ingredients, this Baby Spinach Recipe with Lemon is a terrific, tasty way to make spinach lovers out of your family!

Lemon Steamed Spinach in a white bowl

Lemon-Steamed Spinach

Spinach is one of the only vegetables that Katie will eat, and one of the only vegetables Nick will not. Go figure. I make a spinach souffle practically every holiday as the uber picky daughter will eat that over turkey, roast beef, pork or lamb. So even though I had a huge amount of baby spinach in the fridge while Nick was home on his college spring break, I decided to wait until  he was back in the dorms before putting spinach on our menu.

This Lemon-Steamed Spinach has got to be the simplest recipe in Around My French Table…once the water beneath your steamer starts to boil, you can have this dish on the table in less than five minutes. Dorie suggests using this as a base for a chicken, salmon or even a lobster entree.

Lemon Steamed Spinach on a white dinner plate garnished with fresh tomatoes

How to Make This Easy Lemon Spinach

The procedure to make this Easy Lemon Spinach recipe is super speedy. Toss the 1 1/4 pounds of baby spinach (yes, it looks like a massive amount) with a tablespoon (or a wee bit more) of olive oil, the zest of one lemon and salt and pepper to taste.

Add to the steamer of your choice (I had a steamer basket sitting on the bottom of my Dutch oven) and cook, covered, for just three minutes.

Uncover and give it a stir and cook for up to another minute if needed. Voila! This healthy, vibrant baby spinach recipe is  perfect for you avid spinach lovers.

Easy Lemon Spinach with flank steak on a white plate

Lemon-Steamed Spinach

Lemon-Steamed Spinach

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Easy recipe for fresh spinach with a lemon twist


  • 2 10-ounce bags of baby spinach
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


    1. Set up your steamer, then add water and bring to a boil.
    2. Add your spinach to a bowl and toss with one tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with zest, salt and pepper.
    3. Add it all to the steamer and cover the pot. Steam for 3 minutes, then check and add more time if needed.
    4. Taste and add more seasonings and the remaining olive oil if needed.


    If baby spinach isn't available use regular spinach, remove any thick or woody stems, and briefly chop before steaming.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 4gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g


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