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December 1st, 2011 · Print Print

Sometimes recipe ideas from from the unlikeliest sources.

Last weekend I met up with a friend for lunch during the tail end of Black Friday weekend (ugh), and we settled on a pretty generic lunch spot for a quick bite.  I ordered a fairly lackluster seared tuna, and on the side came this incredible creation.

Many of the best things in the world are deep-fried — donuts, chicken fingers (except mine), french fries… you get the idea.  But deep-fried vegetables?  That’s not one that jumped to the forefront of my mind.

But these delicate little bites have everything that’s good about fried food, and they’re a lot better for you than eating a giant funnel cake.  This recipe is probably best as a garnish — it would be amazing topping a delicious pasta recipe or some canapes for a party.  I know these aren’t the prettiest photos, but once you try this recipe, you won’t mind a bit. 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups canola oil
4 cups fresh, washed baby spinach
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Heat oil in a frying pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees F.  Place a large handful of fresh spinach in a mesh strainer (or deep fryer basket), and submerge to cook for about thirty seconds. Drain spinach on paper towels, and repeat with remaining batches. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Tags: food · side dishes



9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Dec 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

    you are really in the south now! looks tasty!
    xo emily

  • 2 Joanne // Dec 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I would have thought that spinach was too thin to be deepfried but I guess not!

  • 3 Sabrina // Dec 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Omg, deep fried spinach?!  Who knew.  I’m so excited to try this!

  • 4 The Internet Kitchen: Cookie Week! | Macheesmo // Dec 2, 2011 at 7:01 am

    [...] Deep Fried Spinach - One of my favorite Indian restaurants when I used to live in DC was this place called Rasika. They made this wonderful dish called crispy spinach. Sounds weird, but it was my favorite. I imagine that this has a similar texture. (@ Sugar Laws) [...]

  • 5 Julie // Dec 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Sounds good! If you like brussel sprouts, you should try frying them the same way and adding a little lemon at the end = delish.

  • 6 London Accountant // Dec 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Add garlic and lemon too. Trust me. It’s good :)

  • 7 Debi // Dec 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    So good! It was a little tricky with the oil splatter though beware.

  • 8 mary // Nov 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Had this in n.c. loved it so tasty and healthy, cant find them here in ohio,so I will try these

  • 9 mary // Nov 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    love these had them in n.c. taste just like chips only healthier cant find them here in ohio,so I will use this recipe and make my own.

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