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How To Cook Canned Spinach

Popeye LOVED dark green, nutritious, tasty canned spinach and so will YOU! Once you know how to cook canned spinach! .

side view of blue and white bowl filled with green spinach

Delicious nutritious canned spinach

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Easy!
  2. Canned Spinach is ALWAYS in Season!
  3. You probably have everything to make canned spinach taste good right in your kitchen!

Here’s How To Cook Canned Spinach…

STEP 1. 

Start with some flavorful bacon or in this case stock. Add the Canned Spinach.

a hand scooping canned spinach into the saucepan for how to cook canned spinach

Adding the popeye canned spinach to the saucepan

STEP 2. 

Season the spinach with salt and pepper, garlic or other seasonings…

Minced Garlic being added to the spinach in the saucepan

Add the seasonings

STEP 3. 

Heat all the way through.

Saucepan heating with steam rising on burner

Heat through

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Cook Canned Spinach (FAQ’s)

How Do I Season Canned Spinach?

You have some choices when seasoning your canned spinach, and it just depends on your tastes! You can choose…

  • Smoked Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Fat Back
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Hot Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Liquid Smoke

Try to pick at least…

  1. one seasoning that adds some FAT (the meats) and then
  2. a seasoning that adds FLAVOR (Onion or garlic – or both) and then
  3. one flavoring that adds some HEAT ( Hot sauce, cayenne) .
  4. Then, just for good measure, add a splash of some acidic something (Vinegar or lemon).
  5. If you can pick something that adds smoke too, you’ll really be in business!

See?  That canned spinach are tasting better already!


Your canned spinach will be good for several days if you follow my recipe below. I would throw them out after they have been in the refrigerator for 5 days though.

Simply allow them to come to room temperature after you cook them, then cover with some plastic wrap and put them in the fridge. They will be even better by tomorrow!


ALL spinach is good for you, including canned spinach. Canned spinach is an excellent source of fiber and calcium and even have a little protein.

Canned Spinach is low in calories! Just be careful, like all canned foods, they already contain salt.


If you have cooked up a can of spinach but just can’t eat the rest, then yes, you can freeze them just fine.

When they thaw back out, simply heat them up. You will note that when they thaw back out, they are a little mushier than they were to start with.

overhead view of a bowl of hot spinach

Bowl of canned spinach


  • You will want to drain the canned spinach very well before you start to cook with it.
  • Most canned spinach is cut up much smaller than what you would do at home if you were making it from scratch.
  • Typically, you will want to add the flavors that I have listed above when you are jazzing up your canned spinach.

PRO TIP:  Spinach and other greens are often bitter. If you are noticing bitter flavors, add more salt. Salt covers bitter flavors well. 

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side view of blue and white bowl filled with green spinach

How To Cook Canned Spinach

Popeye LOVED dark green, nutritious, tasty canned spinach and so will YOU! Once you know how to cook canned spinach! .
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned spinach, how to cook canned spinach
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 181kcal


  • 2 slices of bacon cut into 5-6 pieces each
  • 2 slices onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can of spinach drained well
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp hot sauce like Franks or Texas Pete
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, add the cut up slices of bacon and allow those to cook till crispy. Do not pour off the bacon grease.
  • Add the onion and garlic and allow to cook till fragrant and softening (about 3 minutes).
  • Pour in the drained can of spinach, stock, sugar, hot sauce and vinegar and stir well.
  • Stir frequently and continue to heat over medium heat until heated through.
  • When heated through, the greens are ready to serve, taste first and add salt and pepper until you are satisfied with the taste. If they taste bitter at all, add more salt. Add more hot sauce, per your tastes.


  • The main idea is to add the following flavors to the spinach: smoke, savory meat, salt, sugar, vinegar and heat. You don’t have to stick straight to bacon.
  • You can branch out and try smoked turkey wings, fat back, etc. '
  • If you are vegetarian, change the chicken stock to vegetable stock or water and use a few drops of liquid smoke instead of any meat.
PRO TIP:  Spinach and other greens are often bitter.  If you are noticing bitter flavors, add more salt.  Salt covers bitter flavors well. 


Nutrition Facts
How To Cook Canned Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 530mg22%
Potassium 1352mg39%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 20600IU412%
Vitamin C 66.7mg81%
Calcium 218mg22%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

I used some lemon juice, hot sauce, and bacon fat. Turned out awesome!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Glad you enjoyed it!


Thursday 17th of March 2022

Amazing taste! I didn't have bacon but I had some frozen turkey fat, which worked just as well. thank you

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Hi JC, Glad you found a work around and turkey fat should do the job, no problem.


Sunday 9th of May 2021

Thank you for all the information and recipes on canned spinach. My family and I love canned spinach. Sandy

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

THat's great! You are welcome!

Gary Williams

Friday 13th of November 2020

Finally, someone understood what I was looking for, how to use canned Spinash.

Wendi Spraker

Monday 16th of November 2020

Glad to help Gary!


Sunday 28th of June 2020

my stepfather was greek. i hated spinach but i learned to love it after tasting how greeks made it. feta cheese helps but also lemon and nutmeg.


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