Spinach Stew served with plantains

Spinach Stew


Spinach Stew served with plantains
Freshly made Spinach Stew served with freshly cooked plantain!

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Spinach stew is a Ghanaian favorite stew which is usually served with rice, yams and plantains.

It was a favorite of our household and we will have it once a week for lunch right after school.

Unfortunately I would get myself in trouble by staining my shirts. And if you’ve had Spinach stew from Ghana when it stains it stays.

What I didn’t like about it was that I’d stain my shirts and get myself in trouble.

My wife told me when we first met that her favorite food was plantains and spinach stew.

So one day I cooked it and  invited her over for lunch. She admitted later that the stew wasn’t that great, but I more than made up for it later :).

The picture above shows plantain and the stew with a few slices of avocados.

Surprisingly fresh plantains can be found on Amazon.


Spinach Stew served with plantains
5 from 11 votes

Spinach stew

This is a favorite stew of many Ghanaians, which is made out of Spinach, onions, fresh tomatoes, ginger, garlic, oil, salt, habanero peppers, other spices. It served with rice, yams, plantains, etc.

Course Main Course
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 5 People
Author fnonterah2018


  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 4 Habanero Peppers You don't have to use as many.
  • 1 Pound Fresh Spinach
  • 3 Fresh Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Ginger root
  • 1 Tsp Salt Or salt to taste
  • 4 Tbsp Canola oil You can use Olive oil too


  1. Start off by chopping up the spinach, tomatoes and onions and set aside

  2. Chop up your garlic, ginger and habanero peppers and blend with a little of water.

  3. Pour oil in a pre-heated pan and fry your onions for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add in the blended produce and tomatoes and let cook for another 5 minutes.

  5. Now you can add your spinach, lower the heat to medium and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Because the spinach and tomatoes have a lot of fluid in them and you don't want your stew to soggy. So after about an hour of cooking your world famous spinach stew is ready to be served.

16 thoughts on “Spinach Stew”

  1. 5 stars
    Oh, wow… habanero peppers and ginger root! You’ve got my attention now Fred! This sounds delicious, and I love learning about different cultures so thanks for sharing. Glad you made it up to your wife too! 😉

  2. 5 stars
    Loved the read about your wife. I reckon this stew has improved in recent time, it certainly looks delicious! And I love plantains too.

  3. 5 stars
    I have never heard of spinach stew. We eat spinach here all the time. I know my husband would LOVE the spice from all those peppers. Sounds like a great comfort food dish for the cold weather. I’m sure it will warm you up in a hurry.

  4. 5 stars
    I think this is one of the few dishes that I haven’t tried yet. But I can imagine how flavourful the combination of spinach, onions, fresh tomatoes, giner, garlic, oil, peppers and other ingredients is!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard about this stew before; however I love all the ingredients you add to it and sounds like gumbo to me. Thanks for the warning. I’ll be sure not to wear light colors while making or enjoying this ;D

  6. 5 stars
    Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables to eat. We had a lot of recipes for them but this recipe looks delicious and easy to make. I will be adding this to our list to make this week. Thank you for this recipe. Yum!

  7. 5 stars
    Spinach stew sounds great and healthy. Have you tried making it without ginger? I love ginger but I don’t know if I would like it combined with spinach. I’m going all vegan during the week and meat on the weekends so this week would be a perfect time to make your recipe.

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