Simple Sautéed Spinach

Updated on November 30, 2018
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I am a food enthusiast and am always trying new recipes. I love to garden, get crafty, and read a good book!

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—just see below for the short list of steps for how to have sautéed spinach on your dinner table in just 10-15 minutes. Not everyone loves spinach, but if you do, this is a great recipe to keep handy. Once you read the recipe, it's one you won't even need to print out to follow.

What's for Dinner?

Sautéed spinach is ready for plating!
Sautéed spinach is ready for plating! | Source

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

— Kiran Patil on organicfacts.net

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 4 adults

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Place 2 tablespoons of salted butter into a pot on low heat.
  2. Once 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4
Calories 61
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 2 g1%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 74 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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    • Lisabean2202 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auger 

      6 weeks ago from Las Vegas, NV

      You're welcome Pamela!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      We really like spinach and this is a simple way to cook a good vegetable for dinner. Thanks for this recipe.

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