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the cooked spinach in a bowl with a silver serving spoon

Easy Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

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Learn how to cook spinach in only 10 minutes! This easy sautéed spinach side dish recipe is seasoned simply with olive oil and garlic.


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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt or 1/4 teaspoon table salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For serving: lemon wedges, optional


  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a very large skillet, saute pan or Dutch oven. Add garlic and red pepper and cook stirring until fragrant, about 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Add spinach if it will fit into the skillet at once. It is okay if it is piled up!
  3. Working quickly use tongs to turn the mass of spinach over with tongs until the spinach has almost wilted down, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and continue cooking until the spinach is completely wilted but not starting to weep, another 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with lemon wedges if desired.


Storage: Transfer leftovers to a resealable container or air tight storage container. Refrigerate up to three days.

Reheating: Reheat the cooked spinach in the microwave for 2 minutes on high for a full batch (stir after 90 seconds.) You can also reheat in a small non-stick skillet with a little olive oil until it is steaming hot.

Freezing: You can freeze cooked spinach by spreading it on a parchment lined sheet pan. {For best results try not to let any of the liquid pool on the parchment} Freeze until the clumps of spinach are frozen solid, then transfer it to a resealable freezer bag.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
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