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A fork in a bowl of buttered spinach on a wooden chopping board.

Buttered Wilted Spinach with Garlic and Lemon

Made with just 4 ingredients and ready to serve in 5 minutes, this buttered wilted spinach is a great last minute side. Seasoned with garlic and lemon, it's far from bland!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Betty Davies


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 8 ounces baby spinach (227g)
  • zest of half a lemon


  • Melt the butter in a pot over a medium heat.
  • Peel the garlic clove and secure it onto the prongs of a fork.
  • One the butter has melted, add in the spinach, a few handfuls at a time. Stir with the fork with the garlic on it.
  • Keep stirring the spinach until it has wilted.
  • Serve in a bowl and finish with grated lemon zest.


  • Wash and pat dry your spinach before adding it to the pan.
  • Don't have the pan on too high a heat during cooking or the spinach will wilt too quickly.
  • Add the spinach to the pan a handful at a time and keep stirring until it reduces in size.
  • If you's like a stronger garlic flavor, finely mince the clove and add it to the pot as the butter melts.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10983IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg