Sauteed spinach in a bol.

Quick And Easy Sautéed Spinach

Recipes, Gluten-Free, Keto, Side Dishes, vegan This post may contain affiliate links. We may receive a commission if you make purchases using these links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. It's at no extra cost to you; it helps us keep the lights on. #comissionsearned.
0.0 from 0 votes

This sauteed spinach is a versatile side dish that works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Furthermore, spinach is filled with beneficial nutrients. Best of all, sauteed spinach is delicious, and it cooks in 7 minutes. 

What Does Spinach Do To Your Body

Spinach is a nutritional superstar. Spinach contains flavonoids that contain anticancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory potential. Spinach is also: 

  • beneficial for skin care
  • helps manage blood pressure
  • boosts eyesight 
  • helps maintain strong muscles 
  • prevents macular degeneration and hemophilia associated with age
  • helps control the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other deposits in the arteries
  • helps prevent neurological disorders, heart attacks, and cataracts

Do I Need To Wash Spinach

Whether you need to wash spinach depends on who you ask. Most food safety experts do not recommend washing bagged spinach. 

Washing spinach at home will not remove bacteria if it survives the washing process. Additionally, you may unknowingly expose the spinach. If your sink or water supply is contaminated, the spinach will become infected when you wash it. 

Still, some food safety experts believe you should wash spinach before using it. 

How Do You Make Sautéed Spinach Not Bitter

Spinach can be a little bitter. But you can disguise the bitter flavor with a bit of seasoning. I seasoned the spinach with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to mask the bitter taste. 

Too much salt can give the spinach a salty taste, so less is more when it comes to sauteed spinach.

Another way to disguise the bitterness of spinach is by using fresh lemon juice. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the spinach once it’s done, and it will add a bright flavor to the spinach. 

Sauteed spinach in a bol.

Tips For Making Sauteed Spinach

  • Fresh spinach is best for sauteed spinach. While you can technically use frozen spinach, I do not recommend it. Frozen spinach is cut into small pieces and filled with thick stems. You can use frozen spinach for stuffed chicken breasts or other stuffed dishes. 
  • One pound seems like a massive amount of spinach. However, like other leafy greens like kale and collard greens, spinach wilts as it cooks. So if you are making spinach for more than 4 people, you may need to add more spinach. 
  • Use a large deep skillet when making spinach. The deep skillet allows you to add all the spinach to the pan at once. I used a regular skillet and had to wait for the spinach to cook down before adding more. 
  • Sometimes spinach can become soggy if it’s not cooked correctly. Sauteeing spinach over high heat for a short time allows the water to cook off. This prevents the spinach from becoming soggy.
  • Yes, you can make sauteed spinach in advance. However, sauteed spinach tastes better when you serve it immediately after it’s been cooked. 
  • You can use leftover sauteed spinach for soups, savory muffins, egg white muffins, or as a stuffing for chicken breast. 

How To Store Sauteed Spinach 

Let the leftover sauteed spinach cool completely. Place it into an airtight container. Store the sauteed spinach in the fridge for 3 days. 

You can also freeze sauteed spinach, but the spinach may become waterlogged. Place the sauteed spinach in an airtight freezer-safe container. It will last for 3 months in the freezer. 

To reheat the spinach, heat it on the stove in a skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes until it is warm. You can also reheat the spinach in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until it is heated through. If you want to reheat frozen spinach, it’s best to thaw it in the fridge overnight. Once it’s defrosted, you can reheat the spinach on the stove or in the microwave. 

What To Serve Sauteed Spinach With 

You can serve any savory dish with sautéed spinach. You use sautéed spinach as a side dish for lemon paprika chicken or quinoa zucchini lime salad

You can add sauteed spinach to a blackened chicken rice bowl or a roasted veggie quinoa bowl

Sauteed Spinach

Recipe by Sarah
0.0 from 0 votes
Course: Gluten-Free, Keto, Side Dishes, veganCuisine: vegan, glutenn-freeDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time




Total time



Sauteed spinach is a quick, healthy side dish that works with any savory food. Sauteed spinach is versatile enough that you can serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Best of all, sauteed spinach cooks in no time and is a stress-free, easy dish to make. 

Cook Mode

Keep the screen of your device on


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup onion, minced

  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 lb. spinach leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the olive oil into a skillet and place it over medium-high heat.
  • Next, add the onions and red bell peppers and cook them for 3 minutes until they soften.
  • Add the garlic to the onions and red bell peppers and cook it for 30 seconds.
  • Add the spinach to the skillet. Move the spinach around using a pair of tongs.
  • Cover the spinach with a lid and cook it for 1 minute.
  • Add the salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to the spinach, stir to combine and cook it for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @dafoodandmoodgyal on Instagram and hashtag it with

Like this recipe?

Follow @Foodandmoodcreations on Pinterest

Follow Us On Facebook

Follow us on Facebook

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories89
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 380mg 16%
  • Potassium 35mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6.6g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 4.1g 16%
    • Sugars 1g
  • Protein 3.9g 6%

  • Calcium 8%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Sarah

    Hello. Welcome to my food blog! I am a recipe developer/content writer and creator. Food is universal. Its more than something you eat. Food is an experience that can be enjoyed alone or with others. It can affect your physical health and your mood. I love food and I believe it affects how we feel which is why I started this blog that provides you with delicious healthy recipes, useful tips and tricks, guides, and informative articles.

    View all posts

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.