How Do You Saute Spinach

how do you saute spinach
how do you saute spinach

My go-to sautéed spinach recipe! Silky, garlicky, and bright with lemon, it’s a delicious side dish or addition to pastas, eggs, grain bowls, and more.

Sauteed spinach

Sautéed Spinach Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this sautéed spinach recipe:

  • Fresh spinach, of course! I often use baby spinach to make this recipe, though mature spinach works nicely too. If you have larger spinach leaves, make sure to remove any thick, tough stems before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It helps the spinach become tender and silky as it cooks.
  • Garlic – It adds savory bite.
  • Fresh lemon juice – For brightness.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Fresh spinach on white kitchen towel next to lemons, olive oil, garlic, and salt

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add the spinach and salt, and cook, stirring, until the spinach is just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and toss the greens with a squeeze of lemon. Then, season to taste with salt and pepper. That’s it!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

How to Serve Sautéed Spinach

This sautéed spinach recipe is a delicious side dish for any meal. Pair it with a pasta like fettuccine Alfredo or homemade mac and cheese, with a hearty soup like black bean soup or chili, or with a simply cooked protein like crispy sesame tofu.

You can also add sautéed spinach to larger dishes and recipes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

How do you like to serve sautéed spinach? Let me know in the comments!

Sautéed spinach in a skillet with wooden spoon

More Favorite Veggie Basics

If you loved learning how to sauté spinach, try cooking one of these vegetables next:


How long does it take to sauté spinach?

Sautéing spinach takes only 1 to 2 minutes. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy this nutritious green leafy vegetable.

Can I use frozen spinach for sautéing?

While fresh spinach is recommended for this sautéed spinach recipe, you can use frozen spinach as a substitute if fresh spinach is not available. Just make sure to thaw and drain the frozen spinach before cooking it.

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