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Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

Sauteed spinach with garlic is a quick and easy side dish that is perfect with fish, meat, or even as a favorite pizza topping!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound baby spinach washed and well drained
  • 10 cloves garlic whole cloves for easy removal
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional, to taste
  • 3/8 cup extra virgin olive oil divided
  • salt to taste


  • Saute garlic cloves in a 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Once the cloves turn golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • To the same pan add the crushed red pepper flakes, then the spinach. Mix the spinach around with tongs then cover.
  • After 1-2 minutes the spinach will have wilted. Remove the lid and turn off the heat. Season with salt to taste.
  • Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on the spinach before serving. Serve with the sauteed whole garlic cloves for anyone who might want them. Enjoy!


  • Sodium levels reflect the addition of 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • Add salt to taste, but keep in mind that green veggies taste way better with a good amount of salt!
  • Feel free to drain any excess water before plating then drizzle more extra virgin olive oil top.
  • The garlic cloves that were used to flavor the olive oil can be served with the spinach and eaten whole, or they can be discarded.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the microwave.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Fat: 19.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 0.5g | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg