Easy and Delicious Zambian Spinach Recipe

The most common way to prepare vegetables in Zambia is by cooking them and  serving as a side dish alongside nshima and another protein dish. The Zambian spinach recipe is made with cooking oil, tomatoes, and onions. It is an easy, delicious dish and nutritious dish. Here is a a step-by-step guide on how to cook this classic Zambian spinach recipe.

How to Cook Zambian Spinach Recipe


  •  Fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 3-4 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the spinach leaves thoroughly with clean water and chop them. Set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onions and tomatoes and set them aside.
  3. In a large pan or wok, heat 3-4 tablespoons of cooking oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they are translucent and soft, which should take about 5-7 minutes. If you prefer a more flavorful dish, you can add 2 cloves of minced garlic at this stage.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook until they are soft and have released their juices, which should take about 5 minutes. Add some salt as well
  6. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the chopped spinach to the pan and mix well with the tomato-onion mixture.
  7. Cook the spinach for 8-10 minutes until it has wilted and is cooked through. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Remove from heat and serve hot with your choice of accompaniments.

This Zambian spinach recipe is a delicious and nutritious dish that is easy to make and can be cooked in under 30 minutes. With its combination of fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and easy preparation, it is such an enjoyable yet easy recipe to make. You can serve it with nshima and any protein dish of your choice such as beef stew, fish , beef tripe and chicken stew.

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