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Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan

Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan is perfect for a low-carb side dish!

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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, and 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 recipe uses the same stir-frying technique of seasoning the oil I talked about earlier. This time it’s garlic that gets sauteed for a minute in the hot oil, seasoning the spinach with a delightful garlic flavor.

I don’t participate in a lot of blog events, but when Chris of Mele Cotte announced Cooking to Combat Cancer again this year, I didn’t want to miss it. Not only is Chris a fellow educator, but she’s a cancer survivor herself and a great person! Spinach is one of those cancer fighting superfoods we should all be eating regularly, and with this easy recipe, you can fit it into your menu more often.

Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Creamed Spinach with Bacon from Simply Recipes
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Spinach Casserole from A Veggie Venture
Asian Spinach Salad with Shrimp, Red Pepper, and Mushrooms from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spinach and Tofu Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing from Rasa Malaysia

Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan found on KalynsKitchen.com

Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan

Yield 2 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Easy Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan is perfect for a low-carb side dish!


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


  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.


Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 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 South Beach Diet.

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    19 Comments on “Stir-Fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan”

  1. Kevin, you are free to use any oil you wish.

  2. Hi Kalyn, Love the stir-fried spinach recipe, but a little concerned about the use of olive oil as it has a low burning temp that can cause it to be carcinogenic, it would be better to use an organic cold pressed rapeseed or sunflower oil as this can be taken to a much higher temp without burning.

  3. Yummy! Spinach is one of my three year old’s favorite foods. I will definitely try this!


  4. this is a great entry for the event Kalyn! spinach is so versatile!:)

  5. Gotta love bags of baby spinach… could there be anything easier to cook? This looks so simple and delicous 🙂

  6. I buy that spinach too- it is so versatile- spinach salad, sauteed spinach and white beans, creamed spinach-good thing the Costco only sells the big bags!

  7. This sounds like a simple and tasty was to enjoy one of my favorite vegetables!

  8. Margot, I am speechless! Thank you for the honor!

  9. Hi Kalyn,

    Just a short note to let you know that you have been nominated to IFP (Inspiring Food Photography) in May:

    Have a great day, Margot

  10. Oh Kalyn, I really love this. Most excellent cause!

  11. I make a very similar dish with Swiss Chard…SO good.


  12. This is a perfect way to use up all that Costco spinach! And so simple. Thanks!

  13. Oh no. I’ve been snooping around your archived recipes for something delicious to do with asparagus. And the home page lads up and I see this! It’s a tough choice between the delicious sounding asparagus and garlic and this delightful spinach dish!

  14. I eat a lot of fresh spinach because it so nutritious and low in calories. I agree that simple seasoned with garlic and cheese is absolutely delicious. Have you ever added Kalamata olives to it? Mmmmmm….

  15. Yum! This is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach!

  16. Spinach stir-fried with garlic is my new favorite side dish, part of a conscious effort to eat more dark greens. A sprinkling of good sea salt and black pepper at the end makes it just perfect — and of course you can eat a massive amount of it for very few calories.

  17. Another fabulous recipe! I am pleased/honored to have you part of CCC2. Thanks for your continued support!

  18. All hail spinach, once hated as kids, held dear as adults.

    Fight cancer!

  19. First time I came to NZ, I was a bit surprised to see how different spinach and its treatment in the kitchen compared to those grown in Indonesia. I always love leafy vegetables. This is another sample for me what to do with spinach other than just cook them for quiche filling or phyllo parcels. Thanks, Kalyn!