Garlic Spinach Vegetable Dish

Every single meal should have a good balance between meat and vegetables. One of the simplest side dishes I make is garlic spinach. It’s a very Chinese dish and tastes great! It’s one of my favourites – you should definitely make this dish if you’re looking for something simple and quick to make. 

What ingredients I use:

This vegetable dish only consists of four ingredients: sunflower oil, garlic, salt and spinach. It’s such a simple dish, using minimal ingredients.

Alternative ingredients:

I’m a massive garlic fan. I make loads of dishes that include garlic, and vegetable dishes aren’t an exception. There are many alternatives to using spinach in this dish. I like to fry other vegetables with garlic too, such as:

  • Cabbage with garlic
  • Broccoli with garlic
  • Chinese leaves with garlic
  • Cauliflower with garlic
  • Bak choi with garlic
  • Morning glory with garlic

Why I like this garlic spinach side dish:

It’s a great side dish to share with others. The spinach tastes great mixed with the garlic. It’s also really easy to make and doesn’t take long. I also prefer cooked spinach over raw spinach as it tastes less bitter. It’s a perfect dish with lots of nutritional benefits and simple make. 

Learn more about the health benefits of spinach here.

What goes well with garlic spinach:

I make garlic spinach as a side dish to a main Chinese dish. It goes well with virtually any Chinese dishes, such as:

Hints and Tips:

  • I prefer using baby spinach. The leaves are smaller, making them easier to clean. I find baby spinach also less bitter than normal spinach.
  • You don’t need to cook the garlic for too long before you add the spinach. A couple of minutes is enough to brown them.
  • Place a handful of spinach into the pan each time. Uncooked spinach uses up a lot of space, so you should slowly mix in the spinach before adding more. Don’t worry if the amount of raw spinach looks like a lot. It will quickly wilt down when cooked.
  • Once cooked, you can drain some of the excess water.

ingredients to make garlic spinach
Garlic Spinach Vegetable Dish
The spinach starts to wilt as it cooks

Garlic Spinach Vegetable Dish
You could drain some of the excess water once cooked

Garlic Spinach Vegetable Dish
Garlic Spinach Vegetable Dish

Garlic Spinach

Recipe by Yvonne


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  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 250g baby spinach

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

  • salt


  • Finely chop up garlic
  • Thoroughly wash and rinse the baby spinach, preferably in salty water.
  • Add oil into a frying pan at high heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until they start to brown.
  • Add all the spinach and toss the mixture together for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste. Enjoy 🙂

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