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Sautéed Spinach with Garlic {whole30 + paleo + vegan}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This 5 ingredient sautéed spinach with garlic recipe is a super easy side dish that can be made in just 10 minutes! It pairs great with many different types of meals, from pan seared chicken to oven roasted fish. A healthy back pocket recipe that’s perfect for any night of the week! Whole30, paleo, gluten free, vegan, low carb, keto friendly.


  • 2 large bunches of spinach or a 10 ounce box of baby spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil 
  • Salt, to taste
  • About 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. If using bunched spinach that is not pre-washed wash it very well – it often has quite a bit of loose dirt lingering on the leaves. It’s okay if the spinach is a little wet before you start cooking. 
  2. Heat olive oil or ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for just one minute, being careful not to let the garlic brown. Garlic that browns too quickly will taste bitter. 
  3. Add spinach to the pan and toss continuously until it is just barely wilted – for about a minute or two. 
  4. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Finish with lemon juice and serve immediately.


Fresh spinach is my preference for this recipe, but frozen spinach will also work in a pinch. Just make sure to full thaw and drain your frozen spinach before adding it to the skillet with the sautéed garlic.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: spinach, side dish, healthy, spinach, garlic, lemon