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Simple Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

  • Author: Amy
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This quick and easy 5 minute Sautéed Spinach With Garlic is a simple healthy side dish that will go with any meal. Hearty vibrant and fresh spinach leaves sautéed with salty butter and tiny bits of garlic until soft and so tasty. Sprinkled with lemon and a hint of spicy red pepper flakes.




  1. Prep the spinach. Wash and dry the spinach if it is not already washed. If you bought packaged spinach then just make sure it was washed first. If not, then you can just place it into a strainer and rinse it under some running water to get any excess dirt off of it. Then run it through a salad spinner to get it nice and dry.
  2. Sauté the oil, butter and garlic. Heat up a nonstick pan to medium-low heat, add the butter and oil. Once the butter and oil is melted then add in the minced garlic. Swirl the garlic around in the butter and oil and sprinkle everything with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the spinach. Place the spinach into the pan with the garlic butter sauce and toss it a little bit to start to cook it. Use tongs to turn the spinach in the pan as it cooks. It will seem like a lot of spinach but it will cook down a lot.
  4. Cook until wilted. Keep Turing the spinach in the pan every now and then as it cooks to coat it all in the incredible butter and garlic. This should only take a few minutes. 
  5. Season. Season the spinach with salt and pepper. Once it is done cooking and all of the spinach has cooked down, remove it from the heat, sprinkle it with some lemon juice and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat. You can also add some grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, which goes so well with sautéed spinach.
  6. Serve it with some rice and a protein of your choice like this Crispy Breaded Air-Fryer Chicken.


  • Use fresh spinach. I have actually tried to defrost and sautéed frozen spinach and it does not work. For this recipe, fresh spinach is a must. I used a 10oz package of fresh spinach that I bought from my local grocery store.
  • Select good quality olive oil and butter. Since these are the ingredients that give the spinach a good amount of flavor it is important that you use higher quality. I like Kerrygold butter and whatever good quality olive oil you prefer.
  • Keep the heat lower. Medium heat works best in this recipe so you do not burn the garlic or spinach.
  • Try to use a non-stick pan. Using a non-stick pan will allow you to swirl the butter, oil and garlic before you add the spinach and will help prevent the spinach from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Plus it will be super easy to clean.
  • To store: Let the spinach Cool completely. Then store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: healthy side dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sautéed spinach, parmesan, spinach