Canned Spinach Recipe

If cooked properly, canned spinach can become the star of dinner tables. These past few months, I’ve been on a mission to make this canned veggie more dinner-worthy. Sure, creamy spinach is legit delicious and anything but bland. But I have the greatest idea for you — try cooking this humble vegetable in a zesty sauce for a change. Gotta say it’s the best spinach recipe EVER!

Much like fresh spinach, canned spinach is good for you. It’s chock-full of nutrients and incredibly delicious when cooked. Truth be told, I always buy tons of canned spinach in case I run out of fresh ones. 

Before I teach you how to cook canned spinach, you should know that there are many ways to prepare this leafy vegetable. It can either be sauteed with garlic, stir-fried, or oven-baked with cheese and sour cream. If you want to keep things simple, you can easily steam these healthy greens. Or, cook a can of spinach with olive oil and eggs to make a delicious spinach omelette. Needless to say, it’s quite impossible to run out of spinach recipe ideas

To showcase the vegetable, I chose to cook canned spinach with bacon, chicken stock, white sugar, and vinegar. I then spiced up the dish with hot sauce. I used Frank’s, but feel free to use any brand you prefer. Combined, these ingredients created one of the most fantastic spinach side dish recipes in as quick as 20 minutes.

The sky’s the limit when customizing this spinach recipe. Instead of bacon, you can use cooked chicken or smoked turkey. For an extra kick of flavor, add smoked paprika, chili powder, or cayenne pepper. And if  you’re still wondering how to make canned spinach taste good, try cooking it with tomatoes, too!

All in all, my simple canned spinach recipe is the ticket to a complete, satisfying dinner meal. Serve it with garlic butter steak, and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

Canned Spinach Recipe

How To Make Canned Spinach

Turn simple canned spinach into a flavor-packed dish in this easy recipe, with the help of chicken stock, bacon, and onions.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins


  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 5 to 6 pieces
  • 2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 14½ oz spinach, (1 can) drained well
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp hot sauce, Franks or Texas Pete
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, cook the slices of bacon until crispy. Do not discard the bacon grease.
  2. Next, add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes until fragrant and softened.
  3. Add the drained spinach, chicken stock, sugar, hot sauce, and white vinegar to the pan. Stir frequently and continue to cook until heated through.
  4. When heated through, season the greens with salt and pepper. Adjust the amount according to your taste.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If the spinach tastes bitter at all, add more salt.
  • Add more hot sauce if you want a spicier taste.


  • Sugar: 9g
  • :
  • Calcium: 234mg
  • Calories: 128kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 1382mg
  • Protein: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 389mg
  • Vitamin A: 19284IU
  • Vitamin C: 69mg
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