This delicious garlic dressing spinach is super simple and quick to put together. Only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of total time. 

garlic dressing spinach

Is there any dish that’s super easy to make, like a no-brainer for you, yet still surprisingly delicious? In my family, we have a few that we frequently cook. This garlic dressing spinach fits right in that category – stupidly easy and delicious.

Let’s talk about spinach for a second. We all know that Popeye becomes super strong whenever he eats spinach. Did you know that by eating spinach, he might also protect himself against cancer, bone problems, and stress-related problems? After all, spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables in the world.


There’s a certain way of cooking spinach that can help get rid of its acids but retain its richest nutrients. Boiling is the way to go because it allows the acids to leach into the water. That’s how we are going to cook spinach in this recipe. My mom cooks spinach in this way in Shanghai and I cook it in the exact same way in the US. I hope you give it a try too. It’s the kind of dish that you won’t get tired of eating… Let’s dive in.

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garlic dressing spinach

Garlic Dressing Spinach

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings as a side 1x
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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This delicious garlic dressing spinach is super simple and quick to put together. Only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of total time. 


Units Scale
  • 1 bunch of spinach, about 1 pound
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add the cleaned spinach into the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Do not cover the pot with lid when cooking spinach as it helps to release more acids with the rising steam.
  2. Transfer the spinach from the pot to a serving plate. Press out the liquid with a fork. Make sure it’s fully drained.
  3. For the garlic dressing, warm up the olive oil in a pan with medium high heat and add the finely chopped garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until the garlic is just turning brown and you can smell the garlic scent.
  4. Add the oyster sauce and water into the pan and stir until everything is evenly laid out.
  5. Remove the dressing from the heat and slowly place it onto the spinach. Done and serve!


This recipe works perfectly well for any other green vegetables as well. The oyster sauce garlic dressing is also a great fit for vegetable blend.


  • Serving Size: 1
garlic dressing

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and a sous vide fanatic who believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she's on a mission to help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.