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Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan – Kalyn’s Kitchen

Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan is perfect for a low-carb side dish! And this can literally be on the table in minutes!

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I think this Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan is a great idea for a super easy side dish! I love to buy those big containers of organic baby spinach from Costco and use it for spinach salad. Then when the spinach has been in the fridge for a while and needs to get used, I’ll make this easy and quick version of stir-fried spinach which tastes wonderful.

This stir-fried spinach recipe uses the same stir-frying technique of seasoning the oil that I use for my Asian stir fry dishes, but this time it’s just garlic that gets cooked for a minute in the hot oil, seasoning the oil so it will give the spinach a delightful garlic flavor.


What ingredients do you need?

  • baby spinach leaves
  • olive oil
  • whole garlic cloves
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Do you have to use baby spinach for this stir-fried spinach?

I love to make this with baby spinach because it cooks so quickly when it’s stir fried. But if you want to make the recipe with larger spinach leaves, just cook them a minute or two longer.

What other kinds of cheese could you use?

I loved this recipe with the freshly-grated Parmesan, but you could use other hard cheeses like Pecorino-Romano or Asiago for the recipe. And I think this would also be delicious with Feta.

More veggie stir fry recipes you might like:

Check out Stir Fry Recipes to find lots more veggie stir fry recipes you might enjoy, as well as some main dish stir fries!

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How to Make Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Use a large heavy frying pan or wok.
  2. Wash spinach if needed and spin dry or blot with paper towels. (I buy pre-washed spinach.)
  3. Heat pan or wok for about one minute over medium high heat, until it feels hot when you hold your hand above it.
  4. Add olive oil and heat until oil shimmers, then add garlic cloves and stir-fry for 30 seconds to one minute, or until you smell garlic. (Don’t let garlic start to brown.)
  5. Remove garlic and discard.
  6. Add spinach to hot seasoned oil and immediately start to stir, lifting spinach as it wilts and letting uncooked spinach move to the bottom.
  7. Cook only until spinach is hot and wilted, about 2 minutes for baby spinach.
  8. Remove spinach to serving plate.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and season with fresh-ground pepper.
  10. Serve hot.

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More Delicious Recipes with Spinach:

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese

Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake

Breakfast Casserole with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 16 oz baby spinach leaves
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 6 whole garlic cloves
  • 3 T freshly grated parmesan cheese (or more)
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Use a large heavy frying pan or wok for this recipe.
  2. Wash spinach if needed and spin dry or blot with paper towels. (I buy pre-washed spinach so I can skip this step.)
  3. Heat pan or wok for about one minute over medium high heat, until it feels hot if you hold your hand over it.
  4. Add olive oil and heat until oil shimmers, then add garlic cloves and stir-fry for 30 seconds to one minute, or until you can smell garlic. (Don’t cook it so long that the garlic starts to brown or it will taste bitter.)
  5. Remove garlic and discard.
  6. Add spinach to hot seasoned oil and immediately start to stir, lifting spinach from the bottom of the hot pan as it wilts and letting the uncooked spinach move to the bottom. Cook only until all spinach is hot and wilted, about 2 minutes.
  7. Remove spinach to serving plate.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and season with fresh-ground pepper.
  9. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 110Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This easy recipe for stir-fried spinach was first posted in 2008! It was updated in 2022 with greatly improved photos and more information.

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