Spinach in Garlic Ginger Sauce over Rice

Spinach in Garlic Ginger Sauce over Rice

When I was in my late twenties (yes that was a long time ago! 😂) I was working long hours to make ends meet and this was my go to meal. The ingredients in this spinach and rice dish were very cost effective. I would keep the sauce prepped in a container in the frig with some cooked rice on hand. When I got home (usually late) I would quickly mince the garlic and ginger, then add the rest.

At that time in my life I was still consuming meat in my diet so I would add cooked chicken. Nowadays, my palate and kitchen has much expanded. Now I add Baked Tofu (click here for recipe), chopped bok choy, shredded carrots, or chopped zucchini to round it out this spinach and rice dish. And yes, for my meat eater in the house, I will add some cooked chicken separately. It’s a great flavorful, no fail, basic dish that can be added onto.

What you will need:

  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vegetable broth
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Rice Vinegar or white vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Cooked Rice
Clear glass bowl of fresh spinach leaves on a wooden table with whole head of garlic and fresh ginger next tot the bowl.

How to:

Start by heating up a deep dish pan with olive oil over medium heat. Sauce the garlic and ginger about 1 minute.

Add spinach, saute 1-2 min. Pour sauce over spinach, stirring constantly, allow to thicken approx 1-2 min.

Serve over cooked rice. Add protein of choice or additional vegetables.

Spinach and rice dish with tofu in a coconut bowl with wooden spoon.


Prep sauce in advance and keep in the refrigerator. I keep mine in a glass mason jar.

Add protein of your choice for a hearty meal. I add baked tofu, but you can easily add cooked chicken. White beans also add a nice boost of protein.

Cook rice ahead of time and reheat when spinach and sauce is ready.


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Spinach in Garlic Ginger Sauce over Rice

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: Cauliflower, mushrooms, plant-based sausage and brown rice, Garlic Ginger, Spinaach
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 425kcal
Author: hungrydanekitchen


  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 4 cups spinach, fresh
  • 2 cups rice, cooked


  • In a small bowl combine broth, pineapple juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in deep pain over medium heat. Sauté garlic and ginger for 1 minute.
  • Add spinach and cook until slightly wilted approx. 1 minute.
  • Add sauce, stirring continuously until sauce thickens about 1 minute.
  • Serve over cooked rice.
  • Top with tofu or additional veggies.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 4g | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2877IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg

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