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How to Cook Arugula

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Cook Arugula
How to Cook Arugula

With its spicy, bold taste, raw arugula is often added to salads to punch up the flavor, but the leafy green can also be eaten cooked. Sautéed or steamed, cooked arugula delivers an impressive dose of vitamins A and K, contains no fat and is very low in calories. Once cooked, arugula can be eaten as a nutritious side dish or incorporated into a variety of recipes to boost the nutritional value and enhance the taste.

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Steamed Arugula

Step 1

Cut the stems and any yellow leaves off a bunch of washed arugula leaves with a sharp knife. Discard the stems.

Step 2

Fill the bottom of a saucepan with an inch or two of water and place the arugula leaves into the pan.

Step 3

Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and place the pan over medium-high heat.

Step 4

Bring the water in the bottom of the saucepan to a boil, and then immediately remove the arugula from the heat. This will prevent the leaves from getting slimy and overcooked.

Step 5

Drain the water from the saucepan, transfer it to a serving platter and serve the steamed arugula with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite herbs and spices.

Sauteed Arugula

Step 1

Cut the stems and any wilted or yellow leaves off a bunch of washed arugula.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat.

Step 3

Gently lay the arugula leaves in the hot oil and sprinkle the leaves with your favorite herbs and spices.

Step 4

Stir the arugula leaves frequently using a slotted spoon.

Step 5

Remove the skillet from the heat as soon as the leaves are wilted and have turned a vivid green color.

Step 6

Transfer the sautéed arugula leaves to a serving platter and season them however you wish. A squirt of lemon juice will enhance the flavor, too.

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