Instant Pot Fresh Steamed Spinach

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Looking to add more greens to your diet? Try cooking spinach in the Instant Pot! Just put fresh spinach leaves in the Instant Pot and it will steam them to perfection!

fresh spinach in the instant pot

Instant Pot Steamed Spinach

Instant Pot spinach is so delicious and you’ll love cooking it in the Instant Pot pressure cooker!

Steamed spinach is very easy to make, not to mention healthy and delicious, plus it makes a perfect keto low carb side dish! The Instant Pot is great for cooking spinach or other greens!

Serve alongside your favorite meal for an extra dose of vitamins and antioxidants!

spinach cooking in the instant pot

Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a member of the family of leafy greens that are very beneficial to your health!

Did you know that spinach is rich in potassium? Eating plants with potassium is great for keeping your blood pressure low.

Additionally, spinach contains lutein, an antioxidant which helps protect against eye diseases as you age.

Not to mention, spinach is rich in Vitamins A and K, which are essential for healthy bones and skin.

close up of spinach cooked in the instant pot

How to Prepare Steamed Spinach in the Instant Pot

You will only need a few ingredients for this recipe! You really only need spinach and water to make this, but I would suggest adding some seasoning too.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Cup water
  • 8 oz. Spinach
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder or seasonings of choice

slotted spoon scooping up spinach from the instant pot

First you will pour the water into the Instant Pot. Next add in the spinach.

cooked spinach on a plate

Then you will close the lid and set the valve to the Sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on High Pressure for 0 minutes.

The reason you are setting it for 0 minutes is that the Instant Pot will be cooking the spinach as it comes up to pressure. This is just enough time for the spinach to be steamed without being overdone!

hand holding fork above plate filled with spinach

When the Instant Pot is ready, it will beep to let you know it’s finished and will stop cooking. Then you can quick release the pressure valve and wait for the pin to drop before opening.

Then use a colander to strain the spinach or scoop it onto a plate with a slotted spoon.

Next you will season the spinach to your liking using salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You could also add on any other spices you like!

fork picking up instant pot cooked spinach from plate

What to Serve with Instant Pot Steamed Spinach

Steamed spinach makes a great side dish for lunch or dinner! But what should you serve with it? If you need some ideas, try out some of these recipes below for a delicious and filling meal! I recommend chicken or fish to pair with it.

close up of cooked spinach on a plate

More Instant Pot Recipes

Do you love cooking in your Instant Pot as much as I do? You will be sure to enjoy these other veggie recipes using the Instant Pot.

Check out these easy recipes below:

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Instant Pot Steamed Spinach

Looking to add more greens to your diet? Try cooking spinach in the Instant Pot! Just put fresh spinach leaves in the Instant Pot and it will steam them to perfection!
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Course: Side Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spinach
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Keto / Low-Carb, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 13kcal

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  • 1 Cup Water
  • 8 Oz Spinach fresh
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder as desired

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  • Add in the water.
  • Place the fresh spinach in the Instant Pot
  • Close the lid, seal the valve, and set the Instant Pot to High pressure for 0 minutes.
  • When done, strain the spinach using a colander or slotted spoon.
  • Transfer to plate and add seasonings of choice. I recommend salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
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Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5317IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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1 reply
  1. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    5 stars
    Super simple, season as you wish. I used my silicone steamer basket but came to your page after a recipe said to cook for 4 minutes. Seasoned with some lemon, garlic and parmesan cheese.


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