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French spinach recipe with garlic and butter on a plate with roast chicken, rice and broccoli

French Spinach

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  • Author: lechefswife
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: sautee
  • Cuisine: French


This French Spinach recipe made with sautéed garlic and butter is a bistro classic and one of my French Chef husband's favorite dishes. This dish is incredibly easy to make, only takes a few minutes and adds incredible flavor to any meal. Plus you get the added benefits of eating lots of leafy greens.


  • 1/2 pound Fresh Spinach (I used 9oz bag of baby spinach from the grocery store - if you are using garden spinach make sure to remove the stalks before cooking and rinse very well)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of flaky French Salt


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high
  2. Add in the butter.
  3. Once the butter begins to melt, add in the garlic. I let the butter get golden brown slightly so that there is a nutty flavor.
  4. ​Add the spinach. You may need to add a few handfuls at a time depending on the size of your pan to allow the spinach to reduce in volume before adding more.
  5. Sautée for 3 -5 minutes until all the spinach is soft and fully cooked. You want the spinach to be soft yet retain its bright green color.
  6. Remove from pan and serve. It is that simple!
  7. (pro tip - once you have removed the spinach from the pan, toss cooked plain white rice in the pan drippings for extra flavor!)