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Recipe for Sautéed Spinach

One of the easiest ways to add cooked veggies to your meals is with am easy recipe for sautéed spinach. So I figured I’d whip this up real quick for another recipe I was working on. Spinach is extremely versatile and easy to spruce up. The recipe below is for cooked fresh spinach with olive oil. However, you could easily turn this into a recipe for sautéed spinach with garlic by adding a little fresh minced garlic, salt, and pepper. There are many ways to turn this into a wonderful side to any weeknight meal in just a few minutes. So don’t be afraid to get creative!

For now though, let’s just start with a simple quick and easy recipe so the basics are covered.

How to make Sautéed Spinach

Again, this is a very simple recipe for sautéed spinach.

Heat a 12″ cast Iron skillet over medium heat with about 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Start adding in the whole spinach leaves to skillet turning to be sure they are covered in the olive oil.

As the spinach starts to wilt continue adding more spinach and cooking until all the leaves have wilted and softened.

There you have it, fresh sautéed spinach ready for any meal.

I love serving this recipe for sautéed spinach with mashed potatoes, chilean sea bass, and a roasted red pepper sauce. All of these combined make for a beautiful dish that is sure to impress!

Recipe for Sautéed Spinach

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Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This easy recipe for sautéed spinach will add flavor and color to any meal. Spruce it up with salt, pepper, garlic, and onions.


  • 16 Oz 16 Fresh Baby Spinach

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as needed

  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a cast Iron skillet over medium-high.
  • Once the oil is hot start adding in the spinach leaves and allow them to wilt. I continue to add leaves and olive oil as needed until i’ve cooked the full bag. Set the spinach aside.

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In Conclusion

While this recipe for sauteed spinach is very simple and to the point it has a ton of nutritional value. It also makes a much prettier presentation than many other veggies and is bursting with flavor.

Let me know in the comments what you like to add to your spinach to make it even more of a show stopping side!

Thank you for reading through this recipe and as usual…

Happy Cooking!


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