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Stir-fried spinach

Jaime Inez
This simple recipe calls for the addition of garlic to the stir-fried spinach. Minced garlic and chile paste should be added to the frying pan before adding the spinach. Once the garlic turns aromatic, add the minced, peeled, and drained spinach to the frying pan. Continue stirring for 1 to 2 minutes, until the spinach is cooked. If you like, you can sprinkle some parmesean cheese on top before serving.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 4 servings
Calories 176 kcal


  • cooking oil
  • garlic crushed and chopped
  • spinach washed and cut
  • sesame seeds
  • dill tips optional
  • hot water
  • oyster sauce
  • fish sauce
  • Chinese cooking wine 1/2 tspn only


  • Heat the pan.
  • Add cooking oil when the pan is heated up.

Putting oil when the pan is already hot and ready prevents the oil from burning up. It also cuts down the waiting time for the oil to be good for frying. You can immediately put in the ingredients (e.g. garlic, fish, meats) a quick while after dropping the oil in the pan.

  • Toss in the garlic.
  • When the garlic turns golden, add the spinach. Stir well.
  • Add water.
  • Season with fish sauce and oyster sauce.
  • Cover the dish.
  • Lower the heat to medium to avoid the dish from drying up.
  • Adjust the flavors, as desired.
  • Add in the dill tips and the Chinese cooking wine.
  • Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
  • Remove the dish from the pan.
  • Serve with hot rice and a fried dish.



If you have a frying pan with a high temperature, you can adjust the temperature and cook time accordingly. In addition, if you are gluten-free, it is important to select spinach that is dry, as wet spinach won't lend itself to sautéing well. To ensure a healthy outcome, make sure to rinse and cut the spinach thoroughly before frying. For best results, make sure to use fresh, unwashed leaves.
Keyword Spinach