Sautéed Arugula

Peppery sautéed arugula is dressed in a delicate buttery sauce with lemon, garlic and sherry vinegar. Pair this quick and easy side dish with roasted chicken or fish.

Sautéed Arugula
Photo: Photographer / Fred Hardy, Food Stylist / Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 small cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 (5-ounce) containers arugula

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Gradually add arugula to the pot, stirring constantly, until all the arugula is wilted and has released all its moisture, about 3 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, quickly transfer the wilted arugula to a bowl, leaving any liquid in the pot.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high; cook, undisturbed, until the liquid reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add butter, vinegar, lemon juice and salt; cook, stirring, until the butter is melted. Return the arugula to the pot and stir to coat the greens evenly in the sauce. Sprinkle with lemon zest before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 2790IU 56%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Potassium 411mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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