Sautéed Spinach and Garlic is a simple Italian-style side dish that's healthy and totally delicious. It can be made with fresh or frozen spinach plus olive oil and garlic. This recipe shows you how to get the best from these simple ingredients - a few tricks to ensure that the garlic melts slowly and get's soft, sweet and mellow, with the spinach resting on top, absorbing the delicious garlicky flavors, as it cooks.
How To Make Sautéed Spinach
Spinach is one of the worlds healthiest foods. It's also very easy to cook and very tasty, especially when it's sautéed with lots of garlic!
All you need are these 3 ingredients plus salt and pepper:
- Good quality olive oil
- Fresh garlic
- Fresh or frozen spinach
- Start by heating the olive oil and lots of thickly sliced garlic in a heavy skillet, over low heat. The idea is to let the garlic melt for few minutes, over low heat. This will soften the garlic and mellow its flavor.
- Once the garlic has softened a bit, pile the raw spinach on top. Don't worry if there's a huge mountain of spinach coming up out of your skillet. Spinach is 90% water. It will shrink a lot when it's cooked.
- Add a teaspoon or two of water and cover the pot with a lid. Cook the spinach and garlic, covered, for a few minutes, undisturbed. The water will wilt and steam the spinach and finish softening and mellowing the garlic. When you remove the lid you'll have tender spinach infused with the mellow nutty flavors of gently-cooked garlic.
Season the sautéed spinach with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy this healthy and totally delicious side dish.
Sautéed spinach and garlic is a great side dish with almost anything. I particularly love it on the side when I'm serving tomatoey Italian dishes such as:
If you love spinach, give this Sweet Pea and Spinach Soup a try. If you're a vegetable lover, visit and follow my Exceptional Vegetables Pinterest Board. It's filled with tempting vegetable-centric recipes that I collect from blogs and culinary sites across the word-wide web.
Other delicious healthy side dish recipes:
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