Buttery Garlic Keto Sautéed Spinach

Last Updated on September 1, 2021 by Toya

This keto sautéed spinach recipe is fast, easy, healthy and very versatile. Made in just under 10 minutes, this 5 ingredient sautéed spinach is truly incredible! 

keto sautéed spinach

Buttery sautéed spinach

When it comes to keto, spinach leaves are one of the leafy vegetables that is highly recommended. This is so because spinach is both low in calories and carbs.

Thankfully, spinach is very versatile and can be used to make quite a lot of keto recipes including this easy keto spinach dip and this delicious healthy keto spinach chicken and strawberry salad.

The best part is, that this sautéed spinach is super simple and quick and makes the perfect side dish to serve with these instant pot chicken thighs, these air fryer wings or these keto pork ribs.

So, next time you’re thinking of some ideas for quick and easy side dishes, think of making this 10 minute sautéed spinach!

Ingredients for low carb sautéed spinach

  • 16 oz spinach leaves (baby spinach or mature spinach)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to cook keto sautéed spinach

Start by measuring out all the ingredients and gathering them in one place.

Next, wash and clean the spinach leaves and cut off the thick stems. Also peel and finely chop the garlic cloves 

Then, heat up the oil and butter on medium high heat and add the chopped garlic. Let cook until fragrant for 2 minutes.

Add the salt and pepper next and stir well.

 

When the time is up, add in the spinach leaves and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes. Make sure you’re flipping the spinach leaves with tongs so that every leaf gets coated with the butter, oil, salt and pepper.

 

After 1-2 minutes, the spinach should look like the image below. Use some tongs to keep flipping the spinach so that all the leaves get cooked evenly. 

The leaves will reduce drastically and look somewhat like this:

 

Remove the low carb sautéed spinach from the heat and serve warm.

Recipe variations

Other than the butter, garlic, black pepper and salt used for this recipe, you can also choose to add other flavors to the spinach. Some great ideas include:

  • Spices and herbs like basil, chives, ginger, red pepper flakes, and thyme.
  • Other additions like bacon bits, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.

Tips for perfectly sautéed keto spinach

  1. Use a large nonstick pan with high sides to accommodate all the spinach. Raw spinach takes up a lot of space but wilts and shrinks down quite a lot as it cooks. For me personally, i like to add all my spinach leaves at once, and I like to have the ability to toss the spinach around freely so that all the leaves are coated and cook evenly. Therefore, a large or deep pot is always my best option.
  2. Baby spinach is the best option for this recipe, however, if you can’t get your hands on them, feel free to use mature spinach. As long as you cut off the ends or stems as they tend to get through and unpleasant to eat, any spinach should be fine.
  3. Don’t overcook your spinach as they will be mushy and flavorless. Spinach will continue to cook from residual heat even after it has been removed from the heat, so removing the sautéed spinach from the heat 1 minute early is okay.

Is spinach OK on keto?

Yes! Spinach is a keto friendly leafy vegetable. It is also very nutritious and can be used to make a number of delicious meals including creamed spinach, spinach quiche, spinach chicken and spinach stuffed chicken as well as smoothies.

Spinach can also be eaten raw in salads! 

How many carbs are in raw spinach?

  • There are 2.4 grams of carbs and 1.6 grams of fiber in every 100 grams of raw baby spinach

How many carbs are in this sautéed spinach recipe?

Can I sauté frozen spinach?

You sure can! If you cannot find fresh spinach or you’d prefer to use frozen spinach, simply thaw it out for an hour or two, then proceed to follow the instructions above to sauté the thawed spinach. 

keto sautéed spinach recipe

Buttery Garlic Keto Sautéed Spinach

Buttery Garlic Keto Sautéed Spinach

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This keto sautéed spinach recipe is fast, easy, healthy and very versatile. Made in just under 10 minutes, this 5 ingredient sautéed spinach is truly incredible! 

Ingredients

  • 16 oz spinach leaves (baby spinach or mature spinach)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. Start by measuring out all the ingredients and gathering them in one place.
    2. Next, wash and clean the spinach leaves and cut off the thick steams also peel and finely chop the garlic cloves 
    3. Then, heat up the oil and butter on medium high heat and add the chopped garlic. Let cook until fragrant for 2 minutes.
    4. Add the salt and pepper as well and stir well.
    5. When the time is up, add in the spinach leaves and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes. Make sure you’re flipping the spinach leaves with tongs so that every leaf gets coated with the butter, oil, salt and pepper.
    6. After 1-2 minutes, the spinach should look like this. Use some tongs to keep flipping the spinach so that all the leaves get cooked evenly. 
    7. Remove the low carb sautéed spinach from the heat and serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 2.6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 4.3gNet Carbohydrates: 1.9gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 0.4gProtein: 2.4g

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