Garlic sauteed spinach recipe is a delicious healthy side dish you can have from the kitchen to the table in 10 minutes. It is simple and easy to make and great for a light side dish at dinner time.
The fresh spinach is sauteed on the stove in butter, olive oil, and jalapeno for a little bit of kick. This is a simple vegetable side dish that is packed full of flavor and more importantly nutritious.
Garlic sauteed spinach
If you love all things garlic then this sauteed spinach with garlic will be right up your alley, you will be wanting to try this fresh spinach recipe again and again. With simple everyday and easy to find ingredients this awesome-tasting sauteed green vegetable will surprise you with just how good it is.
One of the great things about sauteed spinach is that it makes a brilliant side dish to so many other simple meals. I often serve mine over a bed of steamed rice or pasta or with roasted chicken, beef, or fish.
If you are looking for an easy and fast way to cook spinach then today is your lucky day, this recipe for sauteed spinach is one of the easiest ways to cook up this nutritious green veggie that's loaded with vitamins and minerals.
It will be a good 10 minutes well spent in the kitchen, I have a feeling you and your family would love it, even down to your pickiest eater.
Why you need to try this recipe
- Easy, fast, and flavourful
- It uses baby spinach that has been pre-washed which cuts down the cooking time significantly. That said, you can also use matured spinach sold in bundles. All you have to do is wash and rinse until no longer gritty, you may also need to chop it if need be.
- It is economical but that doesn't mean cheap or a compromised taste, this is a restaurant-quality dish made at home.
- One-pan dish which can only mean one thing, easy cleanup!!!
Garlic sauteed ingredients
Fresh spinach: I used baby spinach, but you can use matured spinach in a bunch.
Butter: I recommended using unsalted butter
Fresh garlic: You can substitute with garlic granules or powder
Chili flakes: I used dried green jalapeno
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
How to make garlic sauteed spinach
Melt the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and saute until soft and fragrant say 30 seconds to 1 minute. Do keep an eye so that the garlic does not burn.
Add in baby spinach leaves, it is ok to pile the spinach, don't worry it wilts quickly. Add salt, pepper and chili flakes then continue to turn the spinach until it is completely wilted and the spinach is bright green. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes, try not to overcook the vegetable so as not to lose its nutritional value.
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Tips and variations
- You can cook the spinach with freshly chopped tomatoes, onions or stir in some bacon crumbles at the end of the cooking.
- Don't be tempted to add too much salt to the spinach since it absorbs it quickly which may lead to oversalting if care is not taken.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice just before you serve the spinach for some zesty flavors.
- Make it cheesy and grate parmesan on the sauteed spinach just before you take it off the heat
- Use a large skillet if you want to double or triple the recipe.
How to store
Fridge: store leftover in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days
To reheat: simply reheat in the microwave for a few seconds or until heated through.
Is sauteed spinach healthy
Yes, Spinach is a great source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A and C. Spinach is also rich in calcium and iron. Sautéing it with garlic and little butter or olive oil is healthy as garlic has health benefits of its own.
How long to saute spinach
Depending on the amount, spinach wilts fast once it comes into touch with heat. It will generally take between 2 and 5 minutes. It is ok to take the spinach off the heat once it wilts, you can use the pan juice if you desire as it will also be nutrient-packed.
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Garlic Sauteed Spinach
- ½ lb baby spinach
- 2 large garlic cloves chopped
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Melt the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and saute until soft and fragrant say 30 seconds to 1 minute. Do keep an eye so that the garlic does not burn.
- Add in baby spinach leaves, it is ok to pile the spinach, don't worry it wilts quickly. Add salt, pepper and chili flakes then continue to turn the spinach until it is completely wilted and the spinach is bright green. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes, try not to overcook the vegetable so as not to lose its nutritional value.
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