Sauteed Spinach with Caramelized Mushrooms

By February 19, 2017 November 18th, 2019 Gluten Free, Paleo, Recipes, side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables

If you love easy to make vegetables with lots of flavor you are going to love this dish.

Sauteed Spinach with Caramelized MushroomsThis is an easy vegetable side dish with an umami flavor that satisfies.

Umami is sometimes described as a rich “meaty” flavor that comes from certain savory foods like mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, soy sauce and miso.

Chemically, the umami taste comes from a compound called L-glutamate. Spinach and mushrooms are both good sources of this flavor.  There are also many health benefits to eating foods high in glutamine.

Glutamine is an amino acid that is naturally produced by your body. Just like all other amino acids, it functions as a building block for cells. Glutamine is special because it is one of the few amino acids that can breach the blood-brain barrier and be absorbed by the brain.

In this recipe you get the rich umami flavor from caramelizing the mushrooms with the onions.  Once you add the mushrooms to the pan,  the key is not to stir the mushrooms too much. This will allow them to brown and caramelize, giving you the rich umami flavor.

The nutty flavor of the ghee nicely complements the vegetables.  The water from the spinach lightly deglazes the pan getting up all the little bits of flavor from the bottom.

This dish can be served as a side with any main protein. It goes well with chicken, fish, meat or tempeh.  I heat up the left overs with eggs in the morning.

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Sauteed Spinach with Caramelized Mushrooms

Sauteed Spinach with Caramelized Mushrooms

  • Author: Ingrid DeHart -
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2


An easy vegetable dish with a lot of umami flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon ghee, butter or coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces baby bella (crimini) mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Fresh pepper


  1. Heat the ghee over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
  2. Add the sliced onions and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until softened but not brown.
  3. Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and sauté. The key here is not to stir the mushrooms too much. This will allow them to brown and caramelize giving you a rich, umami flavor. Cook until the mushrooms and onions are lightly brown and tender about 8 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach. Stir just until the spinach wilts, scraping up all the little bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan with the liquid from the spinach.
  5. Taste to adjust salt and pepper. Serve.


Shiitake, hen of the woods or chanterelle mushrooms can also be used for a more exotic dish.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free,

Enjoy the recipe and I hope you make it often.  Please leave me a comment below.  I always love hearing about your cooking and health journey.



  • Joann Ianniello says:

    Hi Ingrid! I made this recipe. I added wild salmon fillets to the vegetables. It was delicious! Thank you for all you share. Do you have a cookbook?

    • Ingrid DeHart says:

      Hi Joann,
      Adding salmon to the vegetables sounds delicious. I am presently working on a cookbook. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Joann Ianniello says:

    The recipe was so quick, so easy and so delicious!

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