10 Ways to Make a Meal Out of Frozen Spinach

updated May 1, 2019
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Just one of the perks of keeping a bag (yes, a bag!) of frozen spinach in the freezer is never having to worry about those fresh leafy greens spoiling before you use them up. It’s the trick to always having a way to work an extra dose of greens into your day, whether it’s in a smoothie, grain bowl, or pasta.

Here are 10 ways we love turning a bag of frozen spinach into a satisfying meal.

1. Blend it into smoothies.

Not only is this an easy way to work a dose of greens into your drink, but choosing frozen over fresh also gives smoothies an extra-icy chill. About 1/2 cup of frozen spinach per serving is a great place to start.

2. Add it to a pot of soup.

Bulk up any kind of soup by adding a package of frozen spinach to the pot in the last minutes of cooking. The hot liquid will almost instantly thaw the leafy greens. Or simmer a package of spinach in some stock, then purée it for a vibrant and creamy spinach soup.

3. Fold it into a frittata, quiche, or egg casserole.

Spinach is a wonderful partner to eggs in all their many forms, whether it’s alongside a plate of scrambled eggs, folded into a frittata, mixed into a quiche, or baked into an egg casserole. You’ll want to start by thawing and pressing as much liquid from the greens as possible to avoid a soggy result.

4. Add it to a stir-fry.

The beauty of stir-fries is that they can be made with any vegetable — fresh or frozen — that you have handy. And that includes spinach! Even though it’s frozen, this delicate leafy green cooks in a flash, so wait to add it straight to the pan in the last minute of cooking. Spinach also has a knack for cooking down a lot, so be generous with how much you add and take in account it needing to cook off some of the excess moisture.

5. Make savory pancakes.

Skip the maple syrup and make pancakes a savory affair. Start with your favorite pancake batter, homemade or boxed, and then it’s as easy as mixing thawed and drained frozen spinach into the batter. Top them off with a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt or sour cream.

6. Toss it into pasta.

Frozen spinach is my number-one tool for working an extra dose of veggies and greens into pasta night. It’s as easy as stirring a package into the simmering pot of pasta or sauce in the last minutes of cooking.

7. Add it to a grain bowl.

Greens are always a welcome addition to grain bowls. The easiest way to guarantee you have some on hand is to keep a package in the freezer. Simply give it a quick steam or sauté it with some olive oil and garlic, letting the excess moisture cook off.

8. Blitz it into a pesto.

Vibrant pesto can be blitzed together with herbs or any types of leafy green you have on hand, including frozen spinach. Go all in with thawed and pressed frozen spinach, balance it with an equal amount of sweet basil, or make it a leafy blend by partnering spinach with other greens, like arugula, kale, or chard.

9. Turn it into a filling for savory hand pies.

Start with a ball of pizza dough, a package of frozen spinach, and perhaps some cheese and spices, and you’re well on your way to an irresistible batch of savory hand pies or veggie-stuffed calzones.

10. Add it to burritos and quesadillas.

Yes, burritos and quesadillas are begging for an extra dose of veggies to go along with the cheese, rice, and guac. Thaw, press well, and stuff it inside a tortilla with all your favorite fillings.