The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

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This is the Best Creamed Spinach Recipe you’ll ever taste! Three kinds of cheese and fresh spinach together with fragrant herbs and so easy to make!

Top view of Creamed Spinach in a bowl next to a serving spoon in a saucer.
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  1. Ingredients in Creamed Spinach
  2. Tips for Perfect Creamed Spinach
  3. Best Cheese for Creamed Spinach
  4. Frequently Asked Questions About Creamed Spinach
  5. What to Serve with Creamed Spinach
  6. More Spinach Recipes
  7. How to Make Creamed Spinach
  8. The BEST Creamed Spinach Recipe Recipe

This easy Creamed Spinach recipe is velvety smooth, richly decadent with tender baby spinach leaves. This dish even wins over kids who universally hate spinach. If you’ve never had creamed spinach before and you’re unsure of how you’ll like it, we promise you’ll love our spin on a classic recipe. With its creamy texture and lots of cheese, you can’t even taste the spinach! Trust me, one bite and you’ll be hooked!

Spoon scooping into a bowl of Creamed Spinach.

Ingredients in Creamed Spinach

This really is the best way to get all the vitamins and nutrients of spinach, by covering it up with a lot of cream and cheese! This may not be the healthiest version of spinach, but it’s definitely the tastiest! Here’s what you need:

  • Fresh spinach – about one and a half pounds of baby spinach leaves.
  • Butter – unsalted butter is best so you can control the amount of sodium in the recipe
  • Onion – one yellow or white onion, finely chopped
  • Garlic – crushed, or finely diced
  • Flour – the all purpose flour will help in thickening up the cheesy sauce
  • Half and half – you can substitute whole milk and a splash of heavy cream if you don’t have half and half on hand
  • Kosher salt – to taste
  • Ground black pepper – to taste
  • Parmesan cheese – use fresh or shredded, not the powdered kind
  • Mozzarella cheese – half a cup or so of shredded cheese
  • Cream cheese or Creamy Swiss Laughing Cow cheese – about five wedges or four ounces.
Spinach, onion, garlic, cheeses, butter, cream and spices to make Creamed Spinach.

Tips for Perfect Creamed Spinach

  • Boil spinach for just 2-3 minutes or until it’s slightly wilted but not soggy.
  • Drain the spinach really well using a cheesecloth or a kitchen towel. You can also press the spinach in a fine mesh strainer to remove water. 
  • You may find the spinach is really hot, so let it cool a little bit before draining.
  • When adding half and half to the skillet, pour just a little at a time, whisking constantly until it’s the consistency of a thin gravy.

Best Cheese for Creamed Spinach

For this decadent recipe, the cheeses are the best part (shhhh, don’t tell the spinach). We love using Laughing Cow Swiss cheese. Its mild flavor and smooth texture melts beautifully into the other cheeses. You could also use flavored cream cheeses like Chive and Onion Cream Cheese to give it some added flavor. Whisk in tangy Parmesan cheese and buttery mozzarella and you’ve got a tasty trifecta of cheese that will melt in your mouth and pair well with leaf spinach.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creamed Spinach

Can I use Frozen Spinach Instead of Fresh?

Fresh baby spinach is best but you can substitute a package of frozen spinach. The trick is to thaw it completely and press as much water out as possible (see instructions below). Once completely dry, add directly to the sauce in the skillet. Cook in the sauce until heated through before adding cheeses.

Can Creamed Spinach Be Frozen?

No. Storing creamed spinach in the freezer would risk the creams and cheeses separating. Enjoy it fresh; you probably won’t have any leftovers anyway!

Is Creamed Spinach Gluten Free?

Because the béchamel sauce is made with flour, most creamed spinach recipes are not GF. However, this can easily be made gluten-free by simply swapping out the flour. Use your favorite substitute instead of regular all-purpose flour.

What to Serve with Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach is a popular side dish at steakhouses because it pairs beautifully with a good piece of meat. Steak, prime rib, chicken, pork and roast all taste delicious with a side of cheesy spinach. And of course, this gorgeous recipe is a staple of our Thanksgiving menu. Add it to your menu this year, too!

Read More: 25+ Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

More Spinach Recipes

Once you get your kids on board with this cheesy, creamy spinach, try a few of these other delicious spinach recipes. They’ll love them too!

How to Make Creamed Spinach

Spoon scooping into a bowl of Creamed Spinach.

The BEST Creamed Spinach Recipe

5 from 7 votes
This is the Best Creamed Spinach Recipe you’ll ever taste! Three kinds of cheese and vibrant spinach together with fragrant herbs make this a favorite dish at Thanksgiving or anytime.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook down for about 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted but not soggy.
    Large pot of wilted baby spinach in hot water to make Creamed Spinach.
  • Drain spinach well and then wring out using cheesecloth (preferred) or a kitchen towel. You can also press spinach in a fine-mesh strainer to try and remove excess water. Note: the spinach may be VERY hot, handle with care and allow to cool if needed. Note: you may be surprised to find that you only have 1-2 cups of spinach. This is totally normal.
    Set spinach aside. 
    Hand using cheese cloth to drain water from baby spinach for Creamed Spinach.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions become soft and transparent. 
    Pan of onions, garlic and butter for Creamed Spinach sauce base.
  • Sprinkle flour over the onions and stir until flour is cooked (about 3 minutes).
    Flour added to pan of onions, garlic and butter to make Creamed Spinach sauce.
  • Pour in half and half a little at a time, whisking constantly making a beschamel sauce. You want it to be the consistency of a thin gravy. Add more half and half or milk if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Whisk combining sauce base for Creamed Spinach.
  • Add spinach and stir until spinach is well mixed in.
    Whisk mixing in baby spinach to a Creamed Spinach sauce.
  • Add Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella cheese, and creamy Swiss cheese (or cream cheese). Stir until all cheeses are melted and completely mixed in.
    Pan of spinach and sauce with unmelted cheeses on top to make Creamed Spinach.
  • Serve immediately. 
    Pan of finished Creamed Spinach.

Notes

  • Unsalted butter is best so you can control the amount of sodium in the recipe.
  • You can substitute whole milk and a splash of heavy cream if you don’t have half and half on hand.
  • When adding half and half to the skillet, pour just a little at a time, whisking constantly until it’s the consistency of a thin gravy.
  • Fresh baby spinach is best, but you can substitute a package of frozen spinach. The trick is to thaw it completely and press out as much water as possible.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 511mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 7175IUVitamin C: 21.9mgCalcium: 256mgIron: 2.3mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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    1. Personally, I wouldn’t. Any time you freeze a cheese sauce you run the risk of it separating when you reheat it.

      1. I’ve picked your recipe to make for our small Easter dinner. I’m going to try a few additions. Small chopped red pepper maybe sautéed with onion and garlic or put in raw, sweet Visalia is the onion I chose and I’m putting a bunch of fresh chopped parsley in the mix too plus Durkees fried onion scattered on top. Wish me luck

  1. How long can I hold the creamed Spinach? I am cooking for 12-13 guest, and need to hold in chafer until all of meal is ready. Thanks Kirby