Monday, May 9, 2011

Steamed Spinach (Microwave Version)

Steamed Spinach (Microwave Version)

I'm always trying to find shortcuts to cook vegetables. I have already tweeted about steaming spinach using the microwave. It's so easy and so delicious, I have to include this cooking method in my blog with photos. It's so simple and no need to wash a skillet or a steamer, utensils and no messy stove top to clean.

Measure 9 to 12 ounces of washed and spin-dried baby spinach into a 2-1/2-quart size microwavable dish with a lid. I'm using CorningWare French White Round Casserole dish that comes with a lid. Cover with the lid and place in the microwave (no need to add water). Cook for 2:30 (for 9 ounces spinach) to 3:00 minutes (for 12 ounces spinach) on high power. When done, it will look like the photo below:

Toss spinach with 1 tablespoon olive oil (or homemade Homemade Toasted Garlic Infused Oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Push spinach to one side of the bowl. Rest the bowl at a slant for about 5 minutes so that the liquid released from the spinach will drain to the empty side of the bowl. Do not press on the spinach. See the photo below:

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds, if desired (photo below).

Yield 1 to 2 servings

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