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How to Cook Fresh Spinach

Spinach is cooked with olive oil and garlic, made even better with freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest.  Cook spinach the easy way!  Easy to make - only about 10 minutes total cooking time!  Healthy and beautiful side dish to grilled meats, steak, and chicken.  Inexpensive, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 94 kcal
Author Julia


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 oz spinach fresh
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 whole lemon (freshly squeezed lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest or peel
  • salt and cracked pepper


  1. Sautee spinach uncovered - to really get best spinach results, you cook it just enough to wilt - don't overcook.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add 3 cloves of minced fresh garlic when the oil is hot, and saute the garlic for about 1 minute to release the flavor, constantly stirring to keep garlic from burning.

  3. Add spinach, a handful at a time, and adding another handful as spinach wilts, and cook, uncovered, on medium-high heat for only 1 minute, constantly stirring, uncovered.

  4. Remove from heat and cover. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Uncover, and mix. Squeeze just a touch of fresh lemon juice right out of the lemon (using about a quarter of small lemon), and stir to combine. Do not use bottled lemon juice (it's too acidic).
  5. Taste the spinach, and add a pinch of salt, if needed (about 1/8 teaspoon), and fresh cracked pepper. It should be enough, add more salt and pepper if needed. Top with lemon zest.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Fresh Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10635IU213%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.