Sautéed 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

When you do sautéed spinach right, it tastes so good that you want to eat it straight out of the skillet. The leaves are tender, silky, and bright with lemon, and they have a savory, garlicky bite. It makes a great standalone veggie side dish (and you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s quicker or easier!), but it can go into a frittata, a grain bowl, pasta, or a sandwich too. In short, if you haven’t already mastered the art of perfect sautéed spinach, now’s the time. This sautéed spinach recipe is simple, versatile, and flavorful. Learn how to make it, and eating your greens will be a breeze.

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

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!

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.

Sautéed spinach in a skillet with wooden spoon

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 sauteed spinach? Let me know in the comments!

Sauteed spinach recipe

More Favorite Veggie Basics

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

Sautéed Spinach

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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4
This sauteed spinach recipe is a quick and easy side dish or delicious addition to pastas, frittatas, and more. Find my favorite serving suggestions in the post above!



  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant but not at all browned. Add the spinach and salt and cook, tossing, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is just wilted.
  • Remove from the heat and season to taste with lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.