Simple Sauteed Spinach is an easy ten minute vegetarian side dish option for your busy weeknights, full of garlicky flavor and packed with vitamins!
Here’s a simple side dish that I make all the time with the cheap bags of spinach from ALDI: Simple Sauteed Spinach takes less than 10 minutes to throw together, and makes a great side for so many different dinners. I usually like to keep our side dishes simple, and often just roast or saute up veggies and/or potatoes so that I can focus most of my attention on our main.
This easy garlicky sauteed spinach does the trick nicely! Also try sauteed spinach over baked potatoes with a little shredded cheddar and some bacon bits, stirred into rice, or as a bed for everything from fish to pork chops.
8 oz bags of spinach run $1.19 every day at my ALDI store, but sometimes go on sale as low as $.99. So, I always keep a bag or two in the fridge and ready to throw into recipes, in salads, onto frozen pizza, or to create this quick & affordable veggie side dish on a busy weeknight.
Simple Sauteed Spinach
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
8 oz fresh spinach
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Splash of lemon juice (optional)
Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until shimmering. Add the minced garlic and saute briefly, then stir in the entire bag of spinach by the handful.
Season your spinach with 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Once it starts wilting down, stir in a splash of lemon juice.
Saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until spinach is wilted and dark green (being careful not to overcook). Serve hot.
Note: You can also throw in a few bacon bits for some extra smoky saltiness, if you like — although I didn’t in mine today.
Garlicky Sauteed Spinach in less than ten minutes
And that’s what I’m talking about. It’s so easy to saute this spinach up in a pan while cooking up the rest of your dinner, and it cooks down so much that the kids don’t feel like I’m making them eat a ton of veggies — yet they still get a lot of nutrients. Simple sauteed spinach is naturally vegetarian (if you don’t add bacon bits, of course!), gluten free, and dairy free, making it a great weeknight side dish option for almost any dinner.
Simple Sauteed Spinach, printable recipe
Simple Sauteed Spinach
- 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 8 oz fresh spinach
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Splash of lemon juice optional
- Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until shimmering.
- Add the minced garlic and saute briefly, then stir in the entire bag of spinach by the handful.
- Season your spinach with 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, sea salt, and black pepper to taste. Once it starts wilting down, stir in a splash of lemon juice.
- Saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until spinach is wilted and dark green (being careful not to overcook). Serve hot.
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