Stewed Spinach(African Style)

by ImmaculateBites on 8 January, 2014

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Stewed Spinach

If at times you get caught in a rut doing the same recipes over and over again, here is an African spinach dish that is easy to make, any time of the week  with minimal prep work.

All you need is spinach, tomatoes, onions, shrimp and smoked turkey and you are on your way to a tasty dish.

African Stewed Spinach

This side dish of spinach is one I’ve been making for as long as I can remember, it’s one of  my absolute favorite ways of eating spinach (other than eating it raw in a salad)-Simple, rustic, quick and easy, but the taste is remarkably good

Stewed Spinach

It is definitely a staple in my house, and it is often served with any starchy  meal  - plantains(roasted or fried), corn fufu ,or yam.

African stewed spinach

You may leave out the shrimp but the smoked turkey adds a smoky flavor to the dish. Feel free to swap out the spinach for collard greens, add more spices or play with the spice combination to suit your taste buds. If you have  crayfish you may throw it in as well.

Enjoy it.

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African Stewed Spinach
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: African
Serves: 3-5
  • ½ pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ pound chopped smoked turkey
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4-5 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-teaspoon paprika
  • 3 pounds spinach (frozen) thawed and drained
  • ½ -1 cup canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-teaspoon bouillon powder or Maggie cube (optional)
  1. Heat canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot.
  2. Lightly sauté the shrimp in about 2 tablespoons oil until turns pink about 4-5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add the smoked turkey sauté with onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add tomatoes, cayenne pepper, paprika, Maggie (bouillon) and cook stirring for about 10 minutes.Salt lightly
  5. Through in the spinach, and let it simmer, for about 3-5 minutes, add.
  6. The sauté shrimp, mix well, adjust for seasonings and serve


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina@Asoulfultwist January 8, 2014 at 6:37 am

Have mercy, that looks awesome! :)


Africanbites January 10, 2014 at 7:42 am

Thanks Christina.


Therese May 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

Just tried this, very nice!! I an your number one fan Immaculate!!


Tomasina August 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I just made this tonight and it was wonderful. Best spinach ever!


ImmaculateBites August 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Aww, thanks Tomasina


Megan November 18, 2014 at 2:43 am

Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, I added beef tips in mine. Also I was unable to find a Maggi cube so I used Know instead.


Megan November 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

Sorry I meant Knor cubes instead


ImmaculateBites November 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

Megan, thanks for the feedback.


Dawn November 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Love this easy recipe – looks like it will be tasty.


ImmaculateBites November 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

It is definitely tasty make it all the time.


Kisha February 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Does it matter what flavor of the cube is? (Chicken or beef)


ImmaculateBites February 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Kisha, it really doesn’t matter.


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