Easy Sauteed Spinach with Garlic (Quick Recipe!)

Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!

Add some nutrients and flavor to all of your meals with this easy Sauteed Spinach recipe. This leafy green vegetable contains a ton of vitamins and minerals. Unlike most raw vegetables, it’s actually healthier when cooked as the nutrients are easier to absorb. 

Sauteed spinach with garlic is one of my favorite go-to side dishes because it isn’t complicated, is very versatile, is made in 1 pan, and pairs well with almost any recipe. Seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil, the wilted spinach is infused with savory and complementary flavors. It’s simple, aromatic, and is ready to eat with dinner in minutes.

You can flavor sauteed spinach in many different ways and use it to compliment any main meal. I love serving it alongside Classic Steak Diane, Air Fryer Meatloaf or a simple, but flavorful Whole Roasted Chicken. It also pairs well with many comforting side dishes like Mashed Sweet Potatoes or Glazed Carrots. Or, try it in some Spinach Scrambled Eggs.

Ingredients Needed

  • Baby Spinach Leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

How to Saute Fresh Spinach

Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat with olive oil. Saute the garlic until it’s soft and fragrant. 

Add the bunches of fresh spinach and turn the leaves using tongs. Saute the spinach until the leaves wilt and the garlic has been incorporated.

Remove from the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Add a garnish if you’d like and serve hot with your favorite main course or side dishes. 

Ingredients for sauteed spinach on counter.

Mix In Ideas

One of the best features of sauteed spinach is that it takes on whatever flavor you add to it. This means you can serve it simple and plain or add in some fun flavors to take it to the next level. This is what I recommend:

  • Butter and fresh lemon juice 
  • A pinch of nutmeg 
  • Chopped bacon 
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Sauteed shallots
  • Sauteed onions
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • A splash of heavy cream
  • Curry powder
  • Beans or chickpeas
  • Parmesan cheese, crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • Sliced almonds or chopped nuts
  • Smoked paprika 
  • A pinch of brown sugar
Sauteed spinach in large skillet.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use fresh spinach instead of frozen to avoid excess water.
  • It may seem like you’ll end up with a lot of spinach based on the amount of fresh greens you need, but it does shrink down quite a bit as it wilts. 
  • Keep the heat low enough so the greens wilt but do not burn. If it’s taking too long, you can always add a splash of vegetable stock or water to help them steam.
  • If you find that the spinach is a little bitter after cooking, add a squeeze of lemon juice on top to help counteract the bitter taste. Apple cider vinegar would also work if you don’t have lemon.

How to Make Ahead & Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Wine Pairings

  • A light Pinot Noir with bright acidity, cherry, and earthy notes will complement the flavors in sauteed spinach.
  • A dry Chardonnay with mild oak complexity would also work well alongside dishes with dark leafy greens. 

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Sauteed Spinach with Garlic Recipe

Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • In a very large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic over medium heat for 30 seconds-1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add spinach in bunches, wilting and turning leaves in the pan, until all of the spinach is incorporated and wilted.
  • Season spinach with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.
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Large Skillet


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 716mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15950IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 5mg

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This post was originally published in 2019. It was updated in 2023 to add new content. The sauteed spinach recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Easy Sauteed Spinach with Garlic (Quick Recipe!)”

  1. Sorry just saw this now Will be making this right away tomorrow or monday as am in Singapore perfect for my office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

  2. I have high cholesterol, I need low cholesterol recipes..am trying to eat healthy to lower my cholesterol..Any suggestions??
    Thank you


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