Garlic Sauteed Spinach

Total Time:
10 min
6 min
4 min

4 servings


Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it's very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.

In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it's browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with the butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt. Serve hot.

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    Excellent - added shallots - truly perfect!
    I used frozen spinach and it turned out well.
    Everyone loves this recipe especially with the garlic flavor
    Absolutely delicious. My teenager asked for multiple servings!
    PLEASE NOTE this recipe calls for KOSHER SALT, not regular table salt. One teaspoon of table salt equals ONE TABLESPOON of kosher salt. So if using regular salt here, try a 1/2 teaspoon. Or better yet, add less and taste test before adding more.
    Simple and delicious!
    nice see my recipe too
    Quick, easy and delicious. Husband loved it too; definitely a keeper. Thanks, Ina.
    Very easy and very tasty! I LOVE spinach and never thought of putting I love it even more!!!
    Simple and delicious! Didn't change a thing.
    Very good, very simple, very quick! Loved it, and something that is so healthy for you!
    Perfect. So simple, easy and delicious. An incredibly quick and tasty side dish. I will add this to the repertoire and make it again and again. Love it.
    This was an easy and very tasty recipe! I will definitely make it again. Thanks, Ina!
    Love this!! It's so healthy!
    I added too much lemon and left the butter off completely. Will definitely make it again though!
    This was a very delicious dish, I added mushrooms and a red onion but other then that, I followed the recipe exactly. Will definately be making this dish again!!!
    made it for the 2nd time lastnight. Used 1/2 the salt & 2x's the butter. everyone loved it! The only spinach dish i EVER went back for 2nd's!!
    This is an easy and simple recipe. The flavor is delicious, but not so overpowering that you don't get the great flavor from the spinach. Really great! I skipped the lemon.
    2nd favorite recipe so far by Ina! 
    Quick and easy if you buy the bagged spinach. Full of flavor. I use less butter and 1 tablespoon oil and it comes out fine. Leftovers are wonderful too if you want to make a larger batch. Which I suggest because even my 9 year old ask for seconds!
    Tasty, easy, quick recipe. My husband loved the splash of lemon flavoring at the end.
    Delicious...and so easy:
    I've made this a few times and this is definitely the best simple cooked spinach recipe..I wouldn't change a thing! Made this for dinner tonight and forgot that a 1 1/2 lb fresh spinach only makes 2 cups! Next time I will triple the recipe! Gotta have leftovers! Thanks, Ina! 
    Easy! My family loved it.
    Simple to prepare and very delicious....not to mention healthy. I love anything with garlic and olive oil actually. Spinach lends itself nicely to those flavors.
    Simple recipe and great flavor; I've made it several times. The only thing I change sometimes is to add thinly sliced mushrooms - shitakes are yummy.
    I wanted a new recipe for spinach and this was great. I did change it a little though by adding chopped shallots and mushrooms with the garlic to start. Company enjoyed it very much.
    Delicious! This is my stand by recipe for spinach. Excellent recipe for the entire family.
    I was surprised at how good this was. Easy and yummy - 10!
    Perfect and easy. Ina's recipes never disappoint.
    I absolutely LOVE this recipe. My mom taught me it. So simple and SO delicious. :
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