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An overhead shot of a plate filled with sautéed spinach, crispy bacon bits, shallots, and mushrooms.
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4.91 from 11 votes

Sautéed Spinach with Bacon and Mushrooms

This Whole30, keto, and paleo sauteed spinach with bacon and mushrooms is the ultimate one-pan vegetables side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal, Whole30
Servings: 4
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 3 bacon slices cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 large shallots thinly sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt  divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • ¾ pound cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 pound spinach washed and ends trimmed or baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar or Banyuls vinegar


  • Toss the bacon bits into a cold 12-inch skillet and crank the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon bits are crispy, around 10 to 12 minutes.
    On the left, raw bacon bits are in a cast iron pan. On the right, a hand is turning a knob to medium heat.
  • Once the bacon bits are crispy, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon bits to a paper towel-lined platter.
    On the left, tongs are pushing bacon bits in a cast iron skillet. On the right, a slotted spoon is putting crispy bacon bits on a paper towel.
  • Toss the shallots in the pan with the reserved bacon grease. Sauté the sliced shallots until they’re translucent and softened, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms into the pan. Season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper and cook until they've developed some brown bits and the liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 7 minutes
  • Stir in handfuls of the spinach in batches, adding in more spinach as the previous batch wilts.
  • Once all the spinach has been added, season the dish with ½ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Continue stir-frying the spinach until it has just wilted. Turn off the heat and mix in the vinegar.
    A hand is turning off the heat. On the right, a hand is adding balsamic vinegar to a pan of sautéed spinach
  • Transfer the spinach to a plate and sprinkle the bacon bits on top. Enjoy!


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Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g