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A white bowl with Garlic Sautéed Spinach with a wooden serving spoon on a white background.

Garlic Sautéed Spinach

  • Author: Kari
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Garlic Sautéed Spinach is the easiest and tastiest way to cook any kind of greens. It comes together in just minutes and is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and a healthy side dish. We make this non-stop year round and it’s such an easy recipe I just had to share it. 



3 tablespoons olive oil

23 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound spinach, or 16 cups, washed and dried

1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. (Mine is stainless steel and measures 14″x3″deep.) When the pan is hot but no smoking, add the olive oil and garlic.

Cook just until the garlic is fragrant, but preferably not browned, about 30-45 seconds. Add the spinach and continue to cook stirring frequently as the spinach wilts, 2-3 minutes. 

Season to taste with sea salt and pepper, and serve immediately.


You may need to add a bit more cooking time depending on how big your spinach leaves are. Or if you choose to use a tougher green like kale or chard, you can add a touch of water and steam the green for an additional 2-3 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American

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