Garlic Greens (Sauteed Spinach)

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is such a quick, easy, nutritious, and inexpensive side dish. I'm not a huge fan of cooked spinach, but this is tasty. From the cheap and easy cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced (bottled is fine)
  • 20 ounces spinach leaves, washed (bagged is fine)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a 4 quart saucepan and saute the garlic for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until lightly browned.
  2. Add the spinach and stir constantly.
  3. When the spinach is completely wilted, turn off the heat.
  4. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the spinach and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve immediately, these are best hot.
Most Helpful

Mmm...I had some beautiful, locally grown spinach so I've decided to give this recipe a try. I'm glad I did, because it was a big hit. I doubled the amount of garlic (personal preference) and it was perfect. Also, the addition of lemon was a nice touch. Thank you.

Katanashrp June 17, 2013

I make this same recipe often. I love the tang of the lemon, but some people don't, so I put wedges out and let others add if they wish. I do use more garlic, but I love garlic. Be sure not to burn the garlic or it gives the whole dish a strange flavor. If you have it hanging around, a few cooked, crumbled pieces of bacon strewn over the top enhances this dish to another level.

Tiny kitchen, big chef November 25, 2008