Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Sautéed spinach is hands down one of my favorite side dishes. It’s incredibly easy to make, and nutrient-packed! And when you add minced garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt it becomes this delicate, savory side dish that’s also extremely versatile.

If you’re a spinach lover like me, you’re likely a pro at adding it to recipes. You can sneak it into a green smoothie, bake it into a spinach artichoke dip, create a base for a spinach berry salad, or fold it into egg muffins. But don’t forget to enjoy it on it’s own, by quickly sautéing it in a pan. It’s the perfect side dish that’ll spruce up your favorite weeknight dinner recipes.

Impressive Spinach Benefits

Popeye was definitely on to something! These little leaves are a nutritional powerhouse that boasts tons of health benefits.

Loaded with nutrients. Including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium and more.Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. That’s why spinach is one of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods! It’s rich in antioxidants and alkalizing to the body.Great for eye, heart, and muscle health. This is all thanks to the numerous vitamins and minerals.

Sautéed Spinach Ingredients

For this recipe, we’re creating a garlic-infused oil to coat the spinach and help it wilt down.

Baby Spinach: You can use bundles of fresh spinach or pre-washed packages of baby spinach.Olive Oil: A drizzle of olive oil is my go-to, but you can also swap one tablespoon of oil for butter or ghee for a more buttery flavor.Garlic: I’m using 3 garlic cloves for just the right amount of garlicky goodness. But feel free to use more or less!Salt and Pepper: A sprinkle of seasoning ties all the flavors together.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

How To Sauté Spinach

Make sure to give your leaves a good wash if you’re using a fresh bundle. But if you’re using it straight out of the box, there’s no need to re-wash.

Sauté the garlic. Drizzle oil in a pan and sauté the garlic for about 30 seconds. Just make sure to not overcook the garlic.Sauté the spinach. Use tongs to flip the spinach so all sides are coated in oil and garlic. Then cover the pan, let it steam for a minute or so, then stir again. After a few minutes it should be completely wilted.Season and serve. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve it up with a few tasty options listed below!

A Few Questions Answered

Why does spinach shrink so much? Spinach contains about 90% water, causing it to wilt down as it cooks. So when you think you’re cooking up a large batch, keep remember that it will reduce drastically in size!Is boxed baby spinach or fresh spinach bundles better? Both are great for sautéing. But if you want bigger leaves for a side dish, fresh bundles are a better choice. Just make sure to trim the stems before cooking.Can you use frozen spinach? While I personally prefer fresh spinach, you can certainly use frozen in a pinch. Just make sure to defrost and thoroughly drain it before sautéing.

Spruce Up Your Sautéed Spinach

Garlic is a mainstay when it comes to cooking up leafy greens. But here’s a few ways to incorporate different flavors and textures.

Spice it up. Add a sprinkle of chili pepper flakes or diced red peppers.Make it zesty. Squeeze in lemon juice as it’s wilting and give it all a stir.Beef it up. Sauté it with small bacon pieces, chopped onions, bell peppers, or mushrooms.Add toppings. Sprinkle on grated parmesan cheese or toasted pine nuts.

Ways To Serve Or Use Sautéed Spinach

Serve as an easy side. It tastes great alongside baked chicken breasts, any chicken thigh recipe, prime rib, or seafood such garlic butter shrimp or dijon baked salmon.Top it on a warm base. This makes for an easy, savory topping on a bowl of oatmeal with a hard boiled egg. Or a grain bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli, and a poached egg.Sneak it into recipes. With how small it becomes when cooked, it’s great for sneaking into recipes such my green shakshuka, one-pan chicken and rice, zucchini noodles with chicken and parmesan, and tons more!

Storing And Reheating

While this is best served fresh, you can also store and reheat leftovers.

How to store leftovers. Keep them in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 2-3 days.How to reheat sautéed spinach. Simply microwave it for 30 seconds, or until warmed through.

More Sautéed Recipes

Quick and easy weeknight dinners means more sautéed recipes. It’s such a quick-cooking method!

Sauteed CabbageGarlic Sauteed Swiss ChardParmesan Truffle Sauteed ZucchiniFried CabbageBok Choy

Sautéed Spinach Recipe Video

While this recipe is easy to make, it always helps to watch a quick video!

If you make this recipe, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Garlic Sautéed Spinach

5 from 15 votes Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 5 minutes Total: 10 minutes Servings: 4 servings Author: Lisa BryanPrintPinReviewSaveSaved


Garlic sautéed spinach transforms bundles of spinach into an easy, healthy and flavorful side dish that’s made in just 10 minutes! Watch the video above to see how I make it.



1 pound baby spinach2 tablespoons olive oil3 garlic cloves, mincedsalt and pepper, to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. You don’t want the garlic browning too much. Add the baby spinach to the pan. It will be a big mound, and you can use your hands to pack it in. Use tongs or a spatula to carefully flip the spinach over, so that all of the pieces get covered in oil and garlic. Cover the pan for a minute to let it steam, then stir again. Repeat this process until the spinach is wilted down, about 5 minutes later. Season with salt and pepper, then serve.


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10633IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 3mg Course: Side Dish Cuisine: American Keyword: garlic sauteed spinach, sauteed spinach, spinach recipe

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