Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Jan 06, 2021
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The best sautéed spinach! In less than 10 minutes you can transform a large bundle of spinach into wilted, garlicky, flavorful leaves. It makes for the perfect side dish and it’s welcomed as a “super greens” addition in all sorts of meals and recipes.
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!
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
- 1 pound baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- salt 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.
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