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Sauteed Spinach


Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed Spinach

Photo © Molly Watson
The key to delicious, flavorful sauteed spinach is to actually saute it - cook it quickly over very high heat. Too many bunches of spinach have been ruined by low temperatures that cause the delicate leaves to stew in their own liquid (which can be good, but doesn't result in sauteed spinach!). See how easy it is to saute spinach below. This recipe is as much a method as a recipe, so increase amounts and add seasoning as you like.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 2 lbs. spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. butter cut in small pieces or olive oil (or a combination)
  • Salt
  • Fresh lemon juice (optional)


  1. Thoroughly clean the spinach and pick it over for damages leaves and thick stems.
  2. Heat a large frying pan, saute pan, or pot (the key here is a wide surface area) over high heat. Once hot, add the butter and/or oil. It should melt and/or heat immediately. Quickly add spinach and cook, stirring, until spinach is wilted. The high heat and stirring help any liquid the spinach releases evaporate quickly.
  3. Transfer spinach to a serving platter or plates and sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve hot or warm. A squirt of lemon isn't a bad addition, if you have fresh lemons around.
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