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Plate of sauteed spinach and carrots on the table.

Easy Sauteed Spinach and Carrots

Healthy Sauteed Spinach and Carrots is full of flavor. This sauteed or fried spinach and mushroom recipe can also include onions, garlic, tomatoes and more!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots, easy side dish, easy vegetable, side dish, spinach


  • large skillet


  • 1 ½ pounds baby spinach, fresh or regular spinach, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive or another vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups carrots, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, sliced or minced
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Flavor Options

  • ½ - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, if desired
  • 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-3 teaspoons lemon juice

Vegetable Options

  • 4 small shallots, thinly sliced, if desired, instead of garlic and onion
  • 4 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can (28oz) tomatoes, canned, diced


  • Prepare your ingredients.
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients needed to make the healthy sauté. Fresh vegetables are on a wooden cutting board white other ingredients are in glass and stone bowls.
  • In a large skillet preheat your oil until it shimmers or a drop of water flicked in it dances, over medium to medium high heat.
  • Add sliced mushrooms first as they require the longest to cook. Once they are all in give the mushrooms a stir.
    Mushrooms sliced being cooked in a green skillet.
  • After a few minutes add carrots and onions. Stir some more.
    Carrots and onions are added to the skillet to cook alongside the already present mushrooms. If using regular spinach add it now.
  • Saute for 3 or 4 more minutes. If using regular spinach add it now.
  • Vegetables should be tender.
  • Add fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
    Fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes are now added to the skillet.
  • Last, add garlic, canned tomatoes and baby spinach. Stir for another 30 seconds or so until baby spinach is wilted.
    Adding garlic, canned tomatoes and baby spinach into the skillet. Stir for 30 seconds or until baby spinach is wilted.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and place skillet contents in a serving dish. Spinach will continue to wilt if left on the heat.
    Healthy saute of spinach, carrots, onions and mushrooms served on a white plate.
  • Add lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, if using. Toss vegetables gently to blend.
  • Serve immediately.
    Sauteed spinach carrots and mushrooms on the table.
  • Enjoy every bite.
    Closeup of sauteed spinach and carrots.


This recipe is written as if you were going to be including every vegetable with your sauteed spinach. I am hoping you don't mind skipping over the vegetables you DON'T want to include and carry on with the recipe as you like.