Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)

by Erica Dinho on August 31, 2012

Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)

Espinacas Guisadas is one of my favorite spinach recipes. It could not be simpler, it’s packed with flavor, and is wonderful served with roasted chicken or steak. Spinach might not be a loved vegetable, but trust me, when it is prepared like this, you will definitely fall in love with it!

Although spinach is not my older son’s favorite vegetable, even he really dug into this dish.

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 pounds spinach leaves, stems removed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/3 of cup of queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled

Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, warm the butter and olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  2. Put the spinach with some water in a pot over medium-high heat, cover, and cook until the spinach is bright green, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and drain well, pressing the spinach with the back of a spoon to remove excess moisture. When the spinach is cool enough to handle, chop it.
  4. Add the spinach, coconut milk and cumin to the onion and garlic in the sauce pan and return to medium-low heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir and cook for about 8 to10 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve warm.
  6. Espinacas Guisadas (Colombian Braised Spinach)

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ruth August 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Hmm Coconut milk, cumin and feta cheese. Sounds amazing, perfect flavours for spinach!


2 Belinda @zomppa August 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

You just made spinach not boring at all!


3 nammi September 2, 2012 at 7:52 AM

coconut milk and feta?? thats an unusual combination !


4 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 2, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Simple and tasty!


5 Chris September 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The coconut milk really catches my eye, very neat idea.


6 Amanda September 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

This spinach dish was very good. I love the taste and it was very easy to make. thanks.


7 Erica September 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Thank you for your comments!


8 Paola R. September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hola Erica estaba buscando recetas con espinacas y me encontre con las tuyas, gracias seguro las preparo :)



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