This sautéed spinach with bacon recipe is delicious, simple and fast to make, and only uses a handful of ingredients.
Sautéed spinach is one of those classic side dishes that you've probably had at some point in your life. If you're a spinach lover, maybe it's a favorite, but I know that it's "just ok" for many people, so that's why I put this tasty little twist on it. 🙂 Will it convert someone who dislikes spinach into a fan? Who knows. There is only one way to find out, but I am a firm believer that bacon makes everything better!
How to make bacon sautéed spinach (overview):
Fry the bacon in a large skillet, then transfer it to a plate, leaving 2-3 tablespoons of the delicious leftover bacon grease in the pan. Sauté the onion until softened, then add about half of the spinach in and toss until it's wilted, adding more spinach until you've used it all up. Spinach is mostly made up of water, so yes, it will look like a TON of spinach, and it won't all fit into the pan in one go. It's all good, though, because it'll only take about 5 minutes for it to wilt right down. Toss with the cooked bacon and serve right away. (Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below)
Recipe notes & tips:
- I don't recommend using frozen spinach for this recipe.
- Using a pair of cooking tongs to toss the spinach in the skillet makes the process much smoother.
- I used thick cut bacon.
- You could add in some minced garlic (a clove or two) if you like, after the onions have been cooked. Just be careful not to let it burn (it'll taste bitter).
- If you're wondering what to do with leftover bacon fat, I always like to keep some in the fridge in a sealed container. It's amazing on bread instead of butter or mayo, and it's great for adding to dishes like roasted potatoes instead of olive oil or butter for a pop of bacon flavor (it's essentially lard).
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Questions about this spinach and bacon recipe? Let me know in the comments below!
Sautéed Spinach with Bacon
- 6 strips bacon
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 1 pound (16 oz.) fresh baby spinach
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cut the bacon into small pieces (I use kitchen shears to do this quickly) and fry in a large skillet until crispy.
- Transfer the cooked bacon to paper towel lined plate. Leave about 2-3 tablespoons of bacon fat in the pan.
- Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until it's softened and starting to lightly brown (about 5-7 minutes).
- Add in about half of the spinach and toss with tongs (yes it'll seem like a ton of spinach, but keep tossing it and it'll get coated with the bacon fat and onions and start to wilt). As it wilts, add in the rest of the spinach a large handful at a time (keep tossing) until it's all wilted. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Add in the cooked bacon and toss. Season with salt & pepper as needed and serve right away.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.