Creamed Spinach is a favorite side dish. Easy to make and better than any restaurant dish!
In this quick side dish, fresh spinach (or frozen) is cooked in a creamy sauce for the perfect side.
Why We Love This Recipe
Creamed spinach is a side dish often served with steaks or even Oven Baked Chicken Breasts (or even with stuffed chicken breasts). A delicious combination of tender sweet spinach in a creamy sauce, just like Spinach Gratin!
This dish is simple but has tons of flavor and best of all, it’s ready in just minutes.
Use Fresh or Frozen Spinach
I find fresh spinach to be milder and sweeter (stems removed and chopped), although you can use frozen in this recipe too.
For four servings of creamed spinach you will need 1lb of fresh spinach. It will look like a huge mountain of spinach but it cooks down to a very small amount!
While it may not be traditional, the addition of cream cheese makes the sauce rich and creamy and turns this into the go for seconds kind of creamed spinach!
How To Make Creamed Spinach
What makes this creamed spinach recipe a stand-out? It’s easy to make, full of flavor and reheats well!
- Remove stems from spinach and chop.
- Cook spinach in a pan 3 minutes, drain.
- Heat sauce ingredients (per recipe below) and seasonings. Stir in spinach and serve.
You can replace fresh spinach with frozen, be sure to thaw and squeeze dry so your dish isn’t watery! Remove any tough stems before chopping.
More Veggie Sides You’ll Love
- Sauteed Brussel Sprouts
- Scalloped Potatoes Recipe – make ahead
- Glazed Carrots – easy
- Garlic Butter Swiss Chard
- Easy Baked Zucchini
- Roasted Root Vegetables – set it and forget it!
- Creamy Asparagus – easy side
- 1 pound fresh spinach or 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ cup onion minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon seasoning salt
- black pepper to taste
- Wash and dry spinach if using fresh. Remove any tough stems and roughly chop.
- Cook spinach in a pan with olive oil over medium heat until wilted and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a strainer to drain.
- Add onion and butter to the pan and cook on medium low heat until onion is softened. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer while stirring until smooth. Simmer 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
- Squeeze any excess moisture out of the spinach. Add back to the pan and stir to combine. Heat through and serve.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)