deep-fried spinach

December 1st, 2011

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. 


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


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.

Tags: food · side dishes

11 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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