We’re obsessed with this garlic spinach recipe. Easy every vegetable dishes should be on the dinner table every night. Delicious and simply amazing, our dish with fresh lemon is an outstanding reason for families to enjoy vegetables more. Add a bit of fresh lemon juice and chili flakes to complete this yummy sauteed spinach recipe.

Garlic Lemon Spinach Recipe that's Healthy and Vegetarian on plate

Easy Garlic Spinach Recipe with Lemon

Eating yummy vegetables is easier with the recipes are simple to make and not complicated. Our garlic spinach recipe can be eaten as the perfect side dish to any meal. The savory flavors of garlic and bright lemon are a wonderful combination to spinach. Within just a few minutes, you have a healthy spinach recipe for family dinner. That’s why we call it—simply amazing!! This is always a great low carb and keto friendly vegetable option. All the flavor from the garlic and lemon is satisfying and you won’t miss all the carbs.

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Can you use frozen spinach?

Sure, you can use frozen spinach but the results will be a little mushier. We prefer cooking with fresh spinach. But if frozen is your only option, then follow these steps:

  • Allow the frozen spinach to thaw completely.
  • Squeeze out all the water from the thawed spinach.
  • Cook the spinach on high heat so that everything cooks quick. This will help minimize the mushy-ness of the thawed spinach.
  • The results will still be mushier when compared to cooking fresh spinach. There’s the stems in fresh spinach that gives the fresh version more of a bite.

Other Healthy Vegetable Recipe Options

This garlic spinach recipe is so flexible, don’t feel like you have to follow the exact recipes. If you’re not a fan of spinach, there’s so many other greens that you can substitute. Swiss chard and different types of leafy greens are fantastic. Kale is great option too but it’s a little more tough, so you just have to cook it a little longer. We also love cooking this recipe with bok choy for Asian options. Cabbage is always a favorite too.  If you want to move beyond the leafy greens, try this with broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and zucchini. The possibilities are endless and you won’t be bored. Hope you enjoy our Garlic Spinach Recipe!

Tips on How to Make Garlic Spinach

  • Like we mentioned above, we suggest using fresh spinach leaves for this recipe. It just tastes better and is less mushy than using frozen spinach.
  • fresh spinach leaves are pretty bulky, so you’ll have to use a pan big enough to fit 10 oz of spinach. But once it cooks down, it’ll wilt down to a very small amount. It’s just finding a pan that will fit the bulk of the fresh spinach leaves.
  • We love adding fresh lemon juice, but this is an option.
  • For a spicy version, add a squirt of hot sauce or a drizzle of our homemade chili crisp recipe.
  • All recipe details and step by step photos are in the recipe box below.
Garlic Lemon Spinach Recipe that's Healthy and Vegetarian on plate
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Simply Amazing Lemon Garlic Spinach

This recipe easily doubles if you want to make extra. The spinach might see like a lot at first when it’s raw, but it cooks down a lot, so 2 people can definitely eat a 10 oz bag!
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  • 10 ounces (285 g) fresh Spinach , about 12 cups
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic , minced or sliced
  • Kosher Salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper , to taste
  • zest of 1 medium Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh Lemon Juice
  • (optional) red Chili Flakes


  • Heat large frying pan on medium heat. Add olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic until fragrant and translucent.
    Garlic cooking in a pan
  • Add all the spinach (it will shrink and cook down a ton). Gently stir the spinach until it’s all cooked and wilted, but not mushy.
    Spinach wilted in a pan
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Add some optional red chili flakes if you want a little heat. Then add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir it all into the spinach.
    Squeezing lemon over cooked spinach
  • That’s it! It’s a crazy easy dish we love to eat with meats, seafood cause it’s the perfect veggie side dish.
    Finished garlic spinach in pan


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 112mg, Potassium: 808mg, Fiber: 3g, Vitamin A: 13290IU, Vitamin C: 44.1mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 3.8mg

What to serve with this sauteed garlic spinach?

This delicious vegetable side dish is fantastic with some pasta, rice or grilled meats. It’s always a hit and we always wished we cooked triple the batch. The fresh spinach wilts down so much that there’s not much volume once it’s cooked. So if you have a big gathering and want to serve a group, we recommend doing 3x the batch. You’ll have to cook it in 3 different batches, unless you have a very big pan to cook 30 oz. of spinach.

Is garlic spinach keto or low carb?

Yes, this sauteed spinach recipe with garlic is definitely low carb and keto friendly. It’s so good that you might want to make extra and save it for lunch or dinner the next day. It’s a great recipe to make-ahead and just heat up in the microwave. To make it extra fresh, add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice.

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