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This buttery, garlicky Sautéed Spinach is the best way to enjoy this nutritious green. It's the ultimate healthy side dish and takes a few minutes to make! |

Sautéed Spinach

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  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This buttery, garlicky Sautéed Spinach is the best way to enjoy this nutritious green. It's wilted to make it tender, then sauteed with butter and fresh garlic for a burst of flavor. It's the ultimate healthy side dish and only takes a few minutes to make! 


  • 1 pound fresh spinach (2 bunches), stems removed and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach and cook for 30 seconds until wilted.
  2. Remove the wilted spinach and rinse it under cold running water until it is cool enough to handle. Drain it in a colander and squeeze out excess water. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat until bubbly, about 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in spinach and toss well to coat. Cook for 1 -2 minutes until heated through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


How to store: This easy sautéed spinach recipe is best served right away, but you can also store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

How to reheat: The easiest way to reheat your leftover spinach is to microwave it for approximately 1-2 minutes or sauté it quickly in a pan over medium heat until warm.

How to freeze: Cooked spinach freezes very well. Freeze your leftover spinach in an ice cube tray or silicone mold, then store the little pucks in a freezer bag. You can either serve the leftovers as a side dish with dinner or let the precooked, seasoned spinach add flavor and extra nutrients to your casseroles or soups.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American