Simple Sauteed Spinach

Simple Sauteed Spinach is an easy ten minute side dish option for your busy weeknights, full of garlicky flavor and packed with vitamins!
Course Side Dish
Keyword garlic, sauteed spinach, side, spinach
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rachel Singer


  • 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.


You can also throw in a few bacon bits for some extra smoky saltiness, if you like -- although I didn't in mine today.