This creamed spinach recipe is always favorite!

Tender cooked spinach is perfectly seasoned in a creamy cheesy base.

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This is The Best Creamed Spinach

Super easy, a little cheesy, and always delicious, this easy creamed spinach recipe rivals any steakhouse and is perfect for Sunday supper or added to your Easter or Thanksgiving menu.

  • Creamed spinach is a delicious side dish, and this version is naturally low-carb.
  • It’s prepped in one skillet, so cleanup is a breeze.
  • The addition of cream cheese turns this classic recipe into a crowd favorite.
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Ingredients & Variations

Spinach – Fresh spinach or baby spinach is best for this recipe, but frozen spinach can be used in a pinch. If using frozen, sure to drain and squeeze dry first.

Sauce – The cream sauce is made with cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. A sprinkle of parmesan cheese is added in Step 3 if desired.

Variations: Minced fresh garlic cloves can added with the onion if desired. Bacon bits, cooked mushrooms, a pinch of cayenne pepper, or finely chopped sundried tomatoes are great additions.

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How to Make Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is ready in just minutes.

  1. Cook prepped spinach leaves in a pan until wilted. Drain any liquid and set aside.
  2. Cook onion in butter until softened. Add remaining ingredients (per recipe below) and simmer until the sauce is smooth and reduced by half.
  3. Return spinach to the pan and cook until heated through. Serve hot.

Holly’s Tips

  • Squeeze excess moisture from the spinach once cooked for a thicker cream sauce.
  • Cream cheese blends faster at room temperature. Cut it into small pieces before adding to the skillet in Step 3.
  • Leftover creamed spinach can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days. Use creamed spinach as a spread on burgers and wraps or have it as a tasty dip for garlic breadsticks.

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Creamed Spinach Recipe

This easy creamed spinach side is a wonderful addition to any elegant holiday meal, or potluck.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh spinach leaves or 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup yellow onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened, cubed
  • cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon seasoned salt
  • black pepper to taste


  • Wash and dry the spinach leaves if using fresh. Pinch off any tough stems and roughly chop the spinach.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and place in a strainer to drain.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and add the onion and butter to the skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
  • Whisk in the heavy cream, garlic powder, and salt. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Gently squeeze any excess liquid from the spinach and stir it into the cream sauce. Taste and season with additional seasoned salt and pepper.


Fresh spinach can be substituted with 10 ounces of frozen chopped spinach.
Parmesan cheese can be stirred in with the spinach if desired.
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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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
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  1. Oooooh, this was really good! I didn’t think my Hubs would go for it, but he loved it. I used fresh garlic with shallots, and sprinkled a pinch of sugar. Delicious. This will be a repeat at our house!5 stars

  2. This is excellent as is…. I added some chopped artichoke hearts just for added vegetables. Delicious and simple to,prepare!5 stars

  3. I’d like to fill large cooked pasta shells with this delicious creamed spinach. Would a double recipe be too much for a 12 oz box of shells? (Of course any leftover creamed spinach would be for the cook!) This sounds amazing, thanks for another wonderful recipe!


    1. I haven’t tried using this recipe to stuff shells so I can’t say for sure R, but I think a double recipe should be about perfect. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. This truly is better than any steak house including Ruth’s Chris, Mortons, Malones, Buckhorn etc..5 stars

  5. Great recipe loved it delicioso next time I’m going to use baby spinach 2 8 oz bags it needed more spinach and I only use fresh spinach thank you for the recipe it was really easy and it was delicious5 stars

  6. I have made this recipe several times with great results. When I’m in a pinch with what to do with chicken, I have scored chicken breasts, cook partially, cover with the spinach mixture and continue to bake – creamy, cheesy, spinach topped yummy chicken! I do make the sauce a little thinner so as it bakes the liquid doesn’t evaporate leaving a paste of spinach. Rice on the side to soak up some juices. Delish!5 stars

    1. The stems on spinach tend to be a bit tough (unless it is baby spinach) so I recommend removing them. Let us know if you try it with the stems on!

  7. 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