Instant Pot Frozen Spinach

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If you are looking for a healthy side dish that you can cook in less than 15 minutes, you should consider making this Instant Pot frozen spinach! This recipe is a great go-to vegetable side that you can make in your pressure cooker with a pack of frozen spinach on a busy weeknight. 

cooked frozen spinach on a white plate

Healthy Instant Pot Spinach

Making a sauteed dish out of frozen spinach with garlic is one of my favorite side dishes that I can quickly whip up when I’m short on time. 

Cooked in the Instant Pot with a drizzle of olive oil with some freshly chopped garlic and a pinch of red crushed peppers, this spinach dish is flavorful and a favorite amongst the whole family. Even the kids like it and are willing to eat it! 

Woman holding a bag of chopped frozen spinach in front of an instant pot

My favorite part about this Instant Pot frozen spinach recipe is how simple it is to make it. Next time you are at the grocery store, make sure to stock up on frozen spinach so you can try this dish—it’s a much healthier and tastier alternative to creamed spinach. 

Besides being one of the most eaten leafy green vegetables, spinach is fully loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Eating 1 cup of raw spinach a day (or 1/2 a cup of cooked spinach) can help keep your blood pressure down and improve your eye health.

block of frozen spinach inside the instant pot

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I have a couple of other spinach recipes you can make at home as well!

Using either fresh or frozen spinach, you can make this spicy garlic sauteed spinach by using a nonstick frying pan to cook this meal on the stove. I’ve also used this sauteed spinach as a base for this Instant Pot mushroom spinach soup as a low carb dinner during the winter.

If you have any fresh spinach leftover, I highly recommend making these baked spinach chips. It’s a great substitute for potato chips and a delicious healthy snack.

Don’t let the lack of a pressure cooker defer you from making a yummy spinach recipe. You’ll miss out!

eating spicy sauteed spinach with a fork

How To Cook Instant Pot Frozen Spinach

For this recipe, I bought a package of frozen spinach and added it to the bottom of the pot. 

Next, add water and close the lid. 

Turn the valve to a sealing position and press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button to set the time to 9 minutes on high pressure.

block of frozen chopped spinach in an instant pot container

After the time is up, shift the valve to quickly release the steam.

frozen spinach cooking in an instant pot

Take the cooked spinach and drain it in a colander. I would also take this opportunity to either squeeze the spinach with your hands or in a paper towel to make sure you get most of the water out before you sautee it with the other ingredients. 

Colander with chopped spinach at the bottom

After you have gotten all of the water out, return the drained spinach to the Instant Pot to finish cooking the recipe.

Instant Pot Spinach cooking with a spatula

Then, add the olive oil, salt, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. 

Dressing up this spinach with some garlic and red pepper flakes takes this dish to a whole new level. If you don’t like too much spice, you can use less or completely omit the red pepper flakes. But, if you really like the heat, add an extra dash of flakes. 

Press the “Sauté” button on the Instant Pot and cook, stirring every few seconds until everything is infused together.

Chopped spinach with pepper flakes and garlic

You can serve this Instant Pot frozen spinach with some beef brisket and slow-baked salmon to have a healthy, whole rounded dish.

Fork filled with chopped spinach and red pepper flakes.

More Instant Pot Recipes

If you loved this delicious spinach, check out some of my other Instant Pot recipes!

These are some of my current go-to’s:

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Instant Pot Frozen Spinach

This Instant Pot frozen spinach recipe is amazing! Take a block of frozen spinach, put it in the Instant Pot, and it will make you a mouthwatering spinach side dish! Eating healthy has never been easier!
Cook Time3 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen spinach, instant pot frozen spinach, instant pot spinach, spinach
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 54kcal

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  • Put frozen spinach and water in the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 9 minutes on High pressure.
  • When it's done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
  • Drain the spinach, then return it to the Instant Pot.
  • Add olive oil, minced garlic, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot and cook, stirring every 15 seconds, for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste if needed.
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Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8348IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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