Here is Cyril Lignac’s secret to perfectly cooked spinach


Like every morning, Cyril Lignac answers questions from RTL listeners. This Tuesday he unveiled his secret to him for perfecting spinach cooking and not having a porridge.

Spinach: virtues and benefits

No offense to Popeye, spinach isn’t the best allies for those in search of iron. But these branch vegetables have other virtuous aspects for those who consume them.

Spinach is a source of vitamins, minerals and fiber which can help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Rich in vitamin C, spinach is an ally against fatigue. Because spinach contains vitamin K called lactoquercetin which can help reduce blood clots and they help the body metabolize calcium. Therefore, spinach is a food of choice for pregnant women. More, Spinach is rich in Omega 3.

How to choose spinach?

Cyril Lignac’s first tip: prefer fresh!

Of course, the 45-year-old chef’s suggestion is to buy fresh spinach. Forget frozen foods and even more canned spinach. This allows, among other reasons of ecology and packaging costs, to avoid spinach porridge.

Ohmymag’s little extra to help you choose spinach is to prefer fresh looking leaves: check the branches carefully to make sure there are no signs of bugs or mold. Prefer very green and fresh spinach. If the appearance of the leaves looks wilted, ask your greengrocer to give you another batch.

How to wash spinach correctly?

Second tip from Cyril Lignac: take several baths

  • Cut the stem in the center
  • Rinse in a first bath to remove dirt and sand
  • Repeat the operation two or three times in a water bath.

How to cook spinach?

Third tip from Cyril Lignac: frying with garlic

  • Put some olive oil or butter in a pan,
  • On a fork, prick a clove of garlic,
  • Put the spinach in the pan and mix the spinach with a fork. Thus, the spinach melts, seasoning lightly with the garlic.
  • Remove from heat when the spinach is cooked and before the preparation turns to mush.
  • When ready to serve, season with salt and pepper.

Fourth tip from Cyril Lignac: serve with a spoonful of cream and yellow wine

At the end of cooking you can add liquid cream and a drop of yellow wine to add creaminess and enhance the aroma of your dish.

What to serve spinach with?

Fifth tip from Cyril Lignac: a hard-boiled egg

You can serve your preparation with sautéed mushrooms. The Rodez native confesses he has a penchant for hard-boiled eggs as an accompaniment to stir-fried spinach. He chops them finely and places them on the spinach.

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