Creamed Spinach

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Creamed Spinach side is a wonderful addition to any holiday meal and the perfect side for any weeknight meal! It’s quick, easy and delicious!

We often serve this creamed spinach recipe with Pork Tenderloin or a juicy steak but to be honest, I love it spooned over Mashed Potatoes too!

A white serving dish full of colorful creamed spinach.

From Spinach Artichoke Dip to Spinach Pinwheels, I love the combination of sweet spinach and a creamy base.

What is Creamed Spinach?

Creamed spinach is a side dish often served with steaks or even Oven Baked Chicken Breasts. This recipe is a delicious combination of tender sweet spinach in a creamy sauce (and has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid)!

Creamed Spinach starts with fresh spinach (although you can use frozen), stems removed and chopped. I prefer the flavor of fresh spinach as it has a more delicate flavor. 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 a the sauce rich and creamy and turns this into the go for seconds kind of creamed spinach!

Fresh spinach piled on a silver baking sheet prepped and ready to make creamed spinach

How To Make Creamed Spinach

What makes this creamed spinach recipe a stand-out? This easy side dish recipe is easy to make, full of flavor and reheats well!

  1. Remove stems from spinach and chop.
  2. Cook spinach in a pan 3 minutes, drain.
  3. Heat sauce ingredients and seasonings.
  4. Stir in spinach and serve.

If you are using frozen spinach, be sure to thaw and squeeze dry so your dish isn’t watery! For fresh spinach, a good rule of thumb is to chop about 16 ounces of trimmed spinach to equal a standard 10 package of frozen spinach. Remove any tough stems before chopping.

Sauteed spinach being added to a pan of simmering cream sauce to create a delicious creamed spinach side dish

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Creamed Spinach

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
This easy creamed spinach side is a wonderful addition to any elegant holiday meal, a neighborhood potluck or even a holiday work function. 


  • 1 lb fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • black pepper to taste

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  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Fresh spinach can be substituted with 10oz frozen chopped spinach

Nutrition Information

Calories: 121, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 160mg, Potassium: 454mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 7470IU, Vitamin C: 21.7mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 2.1mg
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Creamed spinach is a delicious side dish for just about any meal. We love how easy it is to whip up this delicate and delicious side! #spendwithpennies #spinach #creamedspinach #veggies #creamy #sidedish
Creamed spinach is a delicious side dish for just about any meal. We love how easy it is to whip up this delicate and delicious side! #spendwithpennies #spinach #creamedspinach #veggies #creamy #sidedish

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  1. I’ve searched for a very long time for a delicious, from-scratch creamed spinach recipe that doesn’t involve a can of creamed soup and this fit the bill. I added a little more cream as mine thickened up too quickly but this is definitely a keeper!

    Thank you so much for sharing. :-)5 stars