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Simple Sautéed Spinach Recipe

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Make this easy side-salad with spinach.

Make this easy side-salad with spinach.

Sautéed Spinach: The Easiest Side Dish Ever!

When I say this side dish is easy, I mean it's really easy! You really can't screw this one up unless you cook it too high or for too long. Not everyone loves spinach, but if you do, this is a great recipe to keep handy. Once you've read it, you won't even need to print it out to follow.

Sautéed spinach is ready for plating!

Sautéed spinach is ready for plating!

Why Is Spinach Good for You?

Spinach is good for you because it is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are considered to be very healthy. Eating spinach may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer, and reduce blood pressure levels.

Spinach is one of those cool vegetables that are extremely nutrient-rich. It has high amounts of vitamin C, carotenoids, folic acid, vitamin K, calcium, and iron, to name a few.

There are many ways to prepare spinach. You can buy it canned or fresh and then eat it cooked or raw. It is delicious either on its own or in other dishes. This recipe is pretty straightforward, as you'll see below, but you can choose to add other vegetables or seasonings for variety.

It may seem like the spinach won't fit in the pot, but it cooks down significantly as the leaves wilt.

It may seem like the spinach won't fit in the pot, but it cooks down significantly as the leaves wilt.

The health benefits of spinach include skin care, improved eyesight, regulated blood pressure, stronger muscles, and prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and hemophilia. It is also good for treating cataracts, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and neurological disorders. It helps in bone mineralization and exerts anti-ulcerative and anti-cancerous benefits. Aside from all this, it aids in the healthy fetal development and growth of infants.

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Cook Time

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5 min

10 min

15 min

Serves 4 adults


  • 6 oz baby spinach, raw
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter


  1. Place 2 tablespoons of salted butter into a pot on low heat.
  2. Once the butter has mostly melted, add spinach to the pot and cover.
  3. Every few minutes, remove the top of the pot and carefully stir the spinach so that all of the spinach will eventually be coated in the butter.
  4. Continue to cook until all the spinach leaves are coated in butter and wilted.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy!
  6. If using unsalted butter, season with salt and pepper to taste once the spinach is cooked.

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