How to Wok Spinach? Several ways

How to Wok Spinach

Spinach is a leafy vegetable that is frequently used in various dishes. Spinach is also grown in the Netherlands and is therefore fresh in the supermarket. Spinach can be prepared in several ways. In this blog we are going to talk about wok cooking; How to stir-fry spinach?


Clean fresh spinach under the tap. Then stir fry the other ingredients. Add the seasonings such as sauce or herbs. Add the spinach in parts and stir. Repeat until the spinach is used up. Stir fry everything for 2 minutes and serve your dish.

Spinach can also be prepared in other ways. You can read all about this in our blog ‘ How to Prepare Spinach?.

Here, in this blog, stir-frying spinach is central. We use fresh spinach for this.


Fresh Spinach Wok

We use fresh spinach for stir-frying. This fresh spinach must first be cleaned.

The spinach is placed in a container of cold water and the sand is rinsed off. Drain the spinach in your colander. Now we can start cooking. This is quick because the spinach shrinks very quickly. We proceed as follows

  1. Take 200 to 300 grams of fresh spinach per person.
  2. Place the wok on the heat source and add a little oil.
  3. When the oil is hot, part of the spinach goes into the wok.
  4. Now it’s a matter of stirring continuously, keep the spinach moving in the wok until it has shrunk.
  5. Now part or the rest of the spinach can go back into the pan. Keep stirring.
  6. Add salt and pepper to the spinach if desired.
  7. Stir once more and the spinach is ready.
  8. This whole preparation of spinach via stir-frying takes about 4 minutes.

Stir-fry Spinach How Long?

As you have read above, stir-frying fresh spinach does not take long, about 2-4 minutes depending on the amount.

When using spinach along with other ingredients and vegetables, the spinach will have to be added to the wok as one of the last. Even then we don’t have to stir-fry the spinach for more than 2-4 minutes.

If you want to stir-fry well, a wok with a wide rising edge and a solid bottom is recommended. Are you going to wok for the first time or are you ready for a new one, check out these top pans on It will make wok cooking easier!

Spinach Wok Recipe

In the remainder of this blog, we will discuss 4 recipes for wok spinach. These are 4 suggestions, but not much can go wrong with wok and you can use your own creativity.

See what’s in your fridge and try it out. You can add other vegetables, soy sauce, sambal, garlic, onion, Alpro cream,… possibilities galore. Just try and stir.

Not sure how to season the spinach in your dish? Then take a look at our blog ‘ Which Herbs For Spinach? ‘ and you always make a delicious spinach wok dish.

Stir-fry spinach with chicken

This first spinach wok recipe is with vegetarian chicken pieces. Furthermore, soy cream is used and various spices. For wok spinach with chicken you need the following ingredients for 4 people:

  • 600 grams spinach
  • 100 ml soy cooking cream
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • pepper and salt
  • 1 bowl of vegetarian chicken pieces from, for example, the Vegetarian butcher.
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted or not
how to stir-fry spinach

How to prepare this spinach:

  1. First fry the vegetarian chicken pieces and season them according to the package. When it’s done set it aside.
  2. Then put the wok on the heat source with a little butter.
  3. Saute the onion for a while. Then add a few handfuls of spinach to the wok and stir. When the spinach has shrunk, add a few handfuls of spinach to the pan.
  4. Then the cream and the chicken pieces are added again and stir-fry for a while.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and taste to see if the dish is to your liking.
  6. Then serve and sprinkle with a few pine nuts.

This dish is delicious with pasta, for example. Enjoy your meal!

Spinach Stir-fry Mushrooms

Mushrooms and spinach is also a delicious combination for stir-frying. We also add paprika to the dish. For 4 people you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes
  • 125 grams mushrooms, sliced
  • 600 grams of fresh spinach
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
how to stir-fry spinach

Stir-frying is simple and proceeds as follows:

  1. Place the wok with the olive oil on the heat source and heat the oil.
  2. Then fry the chopped onion and crushed garlic for a while.
  3. Then the sliced ​​bell pepper and mushrooms go into the wok.
  4. Mix everything well and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Now add a few handfuls of spinach to the wok at a time and stir everything together until the spinach is wilted.
  6. Then add the rest of the spinach and stir again until the spinach has wilted.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. Taste to see if it is to your liking, you can still add it with herbs.

The wok dish is ready to be served. Delicious with baked potatoes or with rice.

Spinach Wok Bacon

The spicy taste of vegan bacon and spinach are a very good combination and the stir-fry is done in no time. For this recipe you will need the following ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 red onion, cut into rings or cubes
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 2 tbsp traditional olive oil
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 150 grams vegetarian bacon
  • 600 g fresh spinach
  • pepper and salt
how to stir-fry spinach

We prepare the wok in the wok as follows:

  1. First fry the vegan bacon according to the package and then set it aside.
  2. Place the wok with the olive oil on the heat source and heat the oil.
  3. Then add the onion and garlic to the pan and sauté for a while.
  4. Then the cherry tomatoes go into the wok and they are fried for 2 minutes.
  5. The spinach is added to the dish in parts. Stir everything well until the spinach has wilted. Then the rest of the spinach goes into the wok.
  6. Also add the vegan bacon and stir everything well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and your dish is ready.

Serve your dish with, for example, baked potatoes. Enjoy your meal!

Spinach Wok Ketjap

This last recipe goes more in the Eastern direction, spinach with soy sauce and sambal. It is a spicy variation on the traditional spinach wok dishes. For 4 people you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 bowl vegetarian wok pieces or tofu
  • 3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • ½ tbsp sambal
  • 600 grams of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
how to stir-fry spinach

The preparation method is as follows:

  1. Fry the vegetarian wok pieces in accordance with the instructions on the package and then set aside.
  2. Toast the sesame seeds in the wok without oil. When they start to discolor and have a wonderful smell, put the sesame seeds in a bowl.
  3. Place the wok with the sunflower foil on the heat source and heat the oil.
  4. Saute the onion in this.
  5. Add the sambal and soy sauce and heat briefly.
  6. Put half of the spinach in the wok and stir everything until the spinach has wilted.
  7. Then the rest of the spinach goes into the wok together with the vegetarian wok pieces. Stir everything well.
  8. Add salt and pepper if necessary. This is not necessary, because it is spicy enough.
  9. Finally, add the toasted sesame seeds to the spinach.

This is an excellent dish for Mie, for example. Enjoy your meal!

This was the last spinach wok recipe. If you still have fresh spinach or a spinach dish, read our blog ‘ How to Store Spinach? ‘ then you can enjoy your spinach even longer.

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