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All Recipes, Tapas / December 18, 2023

CLASSIC Catalan-Style Spinach | Delicious Recipe from Barcelona Spain

This Catalan-style spinach, known as Espinacas a la Catalana, is what simple and delicious food is all about. We´re talking a ton of great flavors, minimal ingredients and all done in about 15 minutes. Serve it as a side dish or even as a tapas appetizer, next to some slices of toasted baguette.

Catalan-Style Spinach
To make this recipe, I used fresh bagged spinach. As you know I love this stuff, because it´s pre-cleaned and pre-cut. However, you can also use frozen spinach if you like. Just make sure to fully thaw out beforehand and pat completely dry.

Catalan-Style Spinach
What gives this dish that sweet & savory goodness is the combination of raisins and pine nuts. You can also use dried cranberries instead of raisins. Either way, make sure to soak them in warm water for 5 minutes. This will soften them up so they´re full of flavor.

Catalan-Style Spinach

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As you sauté the spinach, make sure to mix it around continuously, this will ensure the spinach easily wilts. Also, make sure to add the spinach into the pan in batches, so you don´t overcrowd the pan.

Catalan-Style Spinach

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Catalan-Style Spinach
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Catalan-Style Spinach (Espinacas a la Catalana)

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 172 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup raisins 50 grams
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts 35 grams
  • 15 oz fresh bagged spinach 450 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Soak the raisins in warm water for 5 minutes, then drain and shake off any excess water, finely mince the garlic

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the pine nuts, mix continuously, after 4 to 5 minutes and the pine nuts are lightly roasted, remove from the pan and set aside

  3. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the olive oil and minced garlic, mix continuously, after 20 to 30 seconds and the garlic is fragrant, start adding the spinach and mixing it around so it easily wilts, I like to add it in batches so it doesn´t overcrowd the pan

  4. Once all the spinach has been added and it´s lightly wilted, add in the reserved pine nuts, drained raisins and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed, then remove from the heat

  5. Transfer into a large serving dish, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Catalan-Style Spinach (Espinacas a la Catalana)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 9971IU199%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Monica

    Uno de mis favoritos! Para que puedo substituir los piñones? No los me gustan.

    18 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Con almendra 🙂 Saludos!

      20 . Dec . 2023
  2. Donna

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Make this all the time sans the raisins, but now learn this and wow those raisins definitely add a nice element to the dish. Thank you!!!!

    18 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      20 . Dec . 2023
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had catalan style spinach before also i haven’t got the newsletter or video for this perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    18 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya!! Much love 🙂

      20 . Dec . 2023

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