Spinach Saute With Brown Butter & Garlic

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This quick-cooking vegetable accompaniment is best with tender, young spinach. Recipe from Fine Cooking

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, gently crushed and peeled
  • 10 -12 ounces spinach, thick stems trimmed, leaves washed and dried well
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, halved


  1. In a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter with the garlic until the butter is golden brown and smells nutty; make sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
  2. Raise the heat to high and add the spinach, in batches if need be, flipping and stirring, until just barely wilted, about 1 minute Take the pan off the heat; remove the garlic.
  3. Season the spinach with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.
  4. Toss and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This was great, the only change I made was to use 2 teaspoons of butter instead of 2 tablespoons and it seemed plenty buttery enough for us! Thanks!

kitchenslave03 June 07, 2013

Simple and delicious! My daughter loves spinach and this is so quick and easy. I do add a little garlic powder to it just to enhance the flavor a bit more.

Liz in NJ August 07, 2014

Had this for dinner tonight. It was awesome. My son who doesn't eat much spinach any more asked for 2nds.

mtodryk June 22, 2014