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Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach

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This savory and satisfying Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach is easy, quick, and low ingredient. It’s also a tasty way to use up some spinach that is a little wilted and not as fresh as you’d want in a salad.

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A pound of spinach seems like a lot

It looks like a lot of spinach. Prepare to be amazed—the spinach will magically shrink before your eyes as you sauté.

When sautéing, the spinach is added to the pan a third to half at a time as the spinach shrinks. It’s much more manageable to sauté and keep in the pan this way.

A little lemon juice & salt goes a long way

Recently, I made myself some very zesty, lemon-forward spinach. Much like salt, you can always add more lemon juice, but you can’t subtract. If you find you’ve overdone it, you can add more spinach—if you are the type of person who has loads of spinach around, count me impressed.

Juicing half a lemon with a small juicer
Juicing half a lemon with a small juicer

Whatever you like for salt will work nicely in this recipe. Please taste before adding more salt. The acid from the lemon juice amplifies the salt. This time I used kosher salt.

Fragrant garlic

We want the garlic to be fragrant but not browning. If the garlic browns before you’ve added the spinach, you’ve gone too far, and your spinach will likely have unpleasant bitter and burnt flavors. For this recipe, I like to slice the garlic and give it a rough chop.

Sliced & roughly chopped garlic next to a ceramic knife
Sliced & roughly chopped garlic next to a ceramic knife

Let’s Make Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach

Heat the oil over medium-low to medium heat. Add garlic and red chili flakes. Sauté for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant. If the garlic browns you’ve gone too far and your spinach will likely have unpleasant bitter and burnt flavors. Occasionally, I’ve had to start over on the garlic. Go easy.

Sautéing garlic & red pepper flakes for Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Sautéing garlic & red pepper flakes

Add a third to half of the spinach, lemon juice, salt & pepper to the pan.

Toss & sauté the spinach over medium to medium-high heat and add more spinach as it shrinks while you sauté. Continue sautéing until uniformly cooked and dark green, about 5 minutes.

Taste and add more salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, or lemon juice if desired and enjoy.

Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach in a sauté pan
Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach on a white plate on a glass table
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Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach

This savory and satisfying Lemon Garlic Sautéed Spinach is easy, quick, and low ingredient. It's also a tasty way to use up some spinach that is a little wilted and not as fresh as you'd want in a salad.
Course Sides
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword delicious, Easy, fast, garlic, healthy-ish, Lemon, quick, Simple
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 65kcal

Equipment

  • large sauté pan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach or regular fresh spinach
  • 1 TBSP oil for sautéing i.e. non-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or Earth Balance
  • 5 cloves garlic thinly sliced + roughly chopped or minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional; more to taste
  • 2 TBSPs lemon juice about half a lemon's worth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt kosher or fine; more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper more to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over medium-low to medium heat. Add garlic and red chili flakes. Sauté for 2 – 3 minutes until fragrant. If the garlic browns you've gone too far and your spinach will likely have unpleasant bitter and burnt flavors. Occasionally, I've had to start over on the garlic. Go easy.
  • Add a third to half of the spinach, lemon juice, salt & pepper to the pan. Toss & sauté the spinach over medium to medium-high heat and add more spinach as it shrinks while you sauté. Continue sautéing until uniformly cooked and dark green, about 5 minutes.
  • Taste and add more salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, or lemon juice if desired and enjoy.

Notes

Nutrition Information is approximate.

A little lemon juice & salt goes a long way

Recently, I made myself some very zesty, lemon-forward spinach. Much like salt, you can always add more, but you can’t subtract. If you find you’ve overdone it, you can add more spinach—if you are the type of person who has loads of spinach around, count me impressed.
Whatever you like for salt will work nicely in this recipe. Please taste before adding more salt. The acid from the lemon juice amplifies the salt. This time I used kosher salt

Fragrant garlic

We want the garlic to be fragrant, but not browning. If the garlic browns before you’ve added spinach, you’ve gone too far and your spinach will likely have unpleasant bitter and burnt flavors. For this recipe, I like to slice the garlic and give it a rough chop.
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Nutrition

Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 657mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10653IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3mg

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