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Easy Sautéed Baby Spinach with Garlic

Last updated on December 8th, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Sauteed Baby Spinach is an easy side dish full of flavor! Fresh baby spinach leaves are sauteed with fresh garlic and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. 

Serve this simple side dish with Mahi-Mahi for the perfect healthy meal. 

Whether you are looking for a quick meal or want a break from the same old salad of lettuce and tomato, this sauteed spinach will save seafood night. Spinach is one of the best vegetables to have with seafood. It complements the taste of fresh fish. 

sauteed spinach

What to add to Sauteed Spinach

This side dish is easy enough that you can add nuts, grated cheese, and even fresh herbs, such as parsley, scallions, or shallots. When cooking spinach, adding fresh ingredients is necessary to taste the freshness of this green vegetable.

How to make Sautéed Baby Spinach

This recipe is easy to make. First, you need the following ingredients:

  • Spinach: use either bady spinach or regular spinach. If using regular spinach remove the stems and cut them thinly so they cook at the same time with the leaves. No wasting of food here!
  • Seasonings: fresh garlic is usually the best to use in cooking. For this recipe it is a must for aroma and flavor. Salt and pepper are common spices and found in your cupboard. Freshly ground black pepper or peppercorn add the the ultimate taste.
  • Olive oil: for cooking vegetables, steaming, sautéing or baking extra vigin olive oil is the best oil to use. It is light and flavourful.

To make the spinach

  • Clean and prep the baby spinach if it is required. If cleaning is required, fill up a large bowl with water and add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar. Give the leave a quick soak and then rinse under running water. Place in a salad spinner to remove any excess moisture. 
  • In a large skillet, under medium-high heat, add oil and garlic. Sauté the for about 1 minute until the pieces are beginning to turn brown. Add spinach to the pan, packing it down a bit with a spatula. Using 2 spatulas or a kitchen tongue, turn the spinach and garlic so that everything is coated with olive oil. Turn a few times until the leaves start to wilt. Remove the pan and transfer the spinach to a platter for serving. Serve immediately.

Tips and Notes

  • The excess liquid from the cooked spinach contains tons of vitamins. Do not discard. Bread lovers, it is time to soak a piece of bread and enjoy all the delicious flavors from the spinach.
  • Add fresh herbs, such as scallions, shallots, parsley, or thyme for more varieties.
  • Add grated cheese, nuts, and even other leafy vegetables to create a new dish.
  • No need to add water. Lower the heat and cover the pan for about 1 – 2 minutes if you don’t want crunchy leaves.

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Easy Sautéed Baby Spinach with Garlic

Sauteed Baby Spinach is an easy side dish absolutely full of flavor! Fresh baby spinach leaves are sauteed with fresh garlic and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. 
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dishes
Servings 4
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 – 16 oz bag baby spinach 2 large bunches of spinach about 1 pound
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Clean and prep the baby spinach if it is required. If cleaning is required, fill up a large bowl with water and add a couple of tablespoons of white vinegar. Give the leave a quick soak and then rinse under running water. Place in a salad spinner to remove any excess moisture. 
  • In a large skillet, under medium-high heat, add oil and garlic. Sauté the for about 1 minute until the pieces are beginning to turn brown. 
  • Add spinach to the saucepan, packing it down a bit with a spatula. Using 2 spatulas or a kitchen tongue, turn the spinach and garlic so that everything is coated with olive oil. Turn a few times until the leaves start to wilt. 
  • Remove the pan and transfer the spinach to a platter for serving. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • The excess liquid from the cooked spinach contains tons of vitamins. Do not discard. Bread lovers, it is time to soak a piece of bread and enjoy all the delicious flavors from the spinach.
  • Add fresh herbs, such as scallions, shallots, parsley, or thyme for more varieties.
  • Add grated cheese, nuts, and even other leafy vegetables to create a new dish.
  • No need to add water. Lower the heat and cover the pan for about 1 – 2 minutes if you don’t want crunchy leaves.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 96mgPotassium: 693mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 11298IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 3mg

    Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

    Keyword Healthy Dish, Quick Meal, spinach, vegan
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