Eat Your Veggies: Simple Sautéed Spinach

Often I enjoy the simple things
“Often I enjoy the simple things” by Flickr user niquimerret. Used under CC license: BY-NC-SA

Yep… another spinach post. What can I say? I really like the stuff!

A quick and easy recipe this go around.  I don’t really measure what I put in here, but this recipe from Eating Well comes pretty close (…well… if you omit the red pepper).

Simple Sautéed Spinach
From: Eating Well Magazine


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 20 ounces fresh spinach, (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper


Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spinach and toss to coat. Cover and cook until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, salt and crushed red pepper. Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Note: Baby spinach is immature or young spinach—it’s harvested earlier than large-leaved mature spinach. We like the sturdy texture of mature spinach in cooked dishes and serve tender, mild-flavored baby spinach raw or lightly wilted. Baby and mature spinach can be used interchangeably in these recipes (yields may vary slightly); be sure to remove the tough stems from mature spinach before using.

I prefer to put the garlic through the press before browning it; it saves me a little time. Here’s the garlic cooking in a little olive oil.

Garlic... Cooking in Olive Oil

I can’t leave them in for very long, as the garlic cooks quickly. I’ll then add the spinach and toss everything together. About a minute later,  lemon juice and a little kosher salt are added to the mix.

Sautéed Spinach w/Garlic (in pan)

This batch used frozen cut spinach (I usually keep a bag or 2 on hand). Fresh spinach works just as well (though the finished product will naturally look a little different).

Here’s the finished product close-up…with little flecks of garlic within…

Sautéed Spinach w/Garlic (closeup)


About A. Random Hapa

Thirty-something. INFP. Librarian. Brain Tumor Survivor. Hobbyist Singer. Amateur Photographer. Foodie. Craft Beer Fan. Unrepentant geek.

Posted on August 11, 2010, in Eat Your Veggies, quick and easy, recipe, side dish, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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