Crispy Baked Spinach

My favorite local restaurant serves a side dish of fried spinach with their Southwestern-inspired dishes. It’s not pretty, but this recipe for crispy baked spinach is similar in taste with none of the fat. I eat this all the time for a snack or side dish on Phase 2 of the HCG Diet.

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Crispy Baked Spinach

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 14

Fat per serving: 0

2.2g carbs


  • 2 cups baby spinach (loosely packed)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Kosher Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Spread spinach evenly in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Wait 5 minutes before serving.
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30 thoughts on “Crispy Baked Spinach

  1. Toni Post author

    You can, but it will probably stick unless you spray it with Pam. Do you have some of that non-stick foil?

  2. BrandyWine

    I am sooooo… glad I discovered the crispy spinach… it has made my success a lot more enjoyable! Thank you. I use this as a snack in the evening when I have had all that is allotted .. takes the craving for more away!

  3. Piper Horton

    Your recipe says cooking spray but doesn’t say when to use it. I presume it goes on before cooking the spinach?

  4. Sherry in Union, KY

    Toni, thanks so much for the excellent, yet simple, recipe. Spinach is one of the vegetables on this diet that I really love, so it’s nice to have an additional way to prepare it. I made it for dinner tonight. I was taken aback by how good it was.

  5. Sherry in Union, KY

    I figured out a way to make this without the cooking spray, since oil is a no no on Phase 2. Reynold’s makes a foil/parchment paper combo. The foil side forms nicely over the cookie sheet, and the spinach does not stick to the parchment paper. It also appears to be reusable (I will test that). Viola!

  6. Monica

    Toni, these are absolutely delicious! I’m in P2 for the first time…2 weeks in so far and have had great success. These recipes allow me to be even more creative! Thanks so much for sharing with us all. By the way, the combo parchment/foil works wonderfully!

  7. Kathy

    I’m just getting started with hcg and so glad I found your blog. Thank you for sharing your time and recipes! Do you add the salt before or after cooking in this recipe?

  8. Linette

    Toni, I saw your video a year ago when I was scared I couldn’t do the Hcg. The memory of all of the great things you cooked in such short amount of time helped to get me “this”year to actually think P2 choices would be enough. Thank you for your meals in 45 minute video, as well; you are an inspiration and great help for us.

  9. Cinnamon

    I love this! I have been doing this with KALE for a long time- it’s stronger leaf structure holds up well to the baking process. I also use butter flavored spray oil and some salt- it totally cures me of popcorn/ chip cravings!

  10. Cinnamon

    I also do this with quartered brussels sprouts, and add a little liquid to the pan the last 5 mins of cooking.

  11. Sakina


    I mentioned I was going to try ‘spinach chips’ (my affectionate term for your Crispy Baked Spinach’) and a co-worker mentioned she was doing the same with kale. She said she pops the kale in the microwave for a minute or two to wilt it first…so that may help? I haven’t personally tried her recipe yet but I just tried yours and LOVE themmmmmm….I’m not surprised, I have not made one thing here on your blog that I didn’t like immensely!

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