Creamed Spinach

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This creamed spinach recipe is so rich and delicious that you will forget you are even eating spinach!

It is a wonderful spinach side dish to serve up during the holiday season–or any time of year really.

Like creamed corn, this easy side dish is perfect to make and serve with any of your favorite main dishes.

Creamed spinach with creamed cheese really helps to add such rich flavor to the recipe. I love the flavor and it is great paired with chicken, pork tenderloin, or even meatloaf or steak.

Creamed Spinach

If you are craving something different, I recommend this easy spinach side dish. I have served this up all year round, and I love the tang from the parmesan cheese in it.

What is creamed spinach?

Creamed spinach is fresh spinach leaves that get wilted in a pan on the stove and paired with a homemade creamy sauce. I used butter, onions, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and more for the best-creamed spinach recipe ever. It is so rich and incredible, but so easy to whip up.

How to make creamed spinach

To make this, all you need to do is grab a large skillet and toss your butter in and let it melt down on medium heat. Then add in your diced onions and cook until softened and translucent in color.

Now add in your garlic and give a quick stir until nice and fragrant.

Then in the microwave, you will want to heat your milk in the microwave just enough to warm it up. Then whisk in the cornstarch, and then pour the mixture into the skillet stirring.

It will thicken, add in your cream cheese, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Then stir in the spinach and let it wilt down a bit. Once it is fully creamed and wilted, serve, and enjoy.

How to make creamed spinach using frozen spinach

If you have frozen spinach on hand and want to use that in replace of fresh go right ahead. Just thaw your spinach and then squeeze off the excess liquid. If you skip this step it will water down your sauce.

Once it is thawed, you will stir in at the end of the cooking of the cream sauce. Then just heat until warmed, and then serve just like it was fresh spinach.

Can you make creamed spinach ahead of time?

Personally, I prefer creamed spinach fresh. You will find it offers the best texture and flavor. If you want to make ahead of time, you can do so. Just know that when you go to reheat it will have a softer spinach texture that is more broken down.

Go ahead and make it, and then store leftovers in the fridge until ready to serve. Then reheat in the skillet until warm. If the sauce is too thick add in a little chicken stock to help thin out the sauce as you reheat.

How long does creamed spinach last

You are more than welcome to store this for up to three days in the fridge. Make sure you store in an airtight container. Always use your best judgment in terms of quality. When in doubt, toss it out.

What to serve with creamed spinach

You can serve creamed spinach with so many things. From the classic Thanksgiving or Christmas feast to meatloaf, steak bites, pork, or chicken. While great for the holidays, this spinach side dish is so versatile, and we eat it all year round. Just like these crockpot glazed carrots.

Expert Tips

  • Use half and half in replace of whole milk for a thicker and creamier texture
  • Or reach for heavy cream for a richer flavor overall
  • Feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg for even more flavor
  • You can double the recipe if you plan to serve a crowd

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Creamed spinach with a creamy white sauce in a black bowl
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4.70 from 125 votes

Creamed Spinach

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Creamed spinach - a classic spinach side dish with a rich and creamy sauce.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed and sliced
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ounce cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounce spinach washed and dried

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent (about 3 minutes). Add garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Heat the milk in a microwave for 25 seconds; whisk in the cornstarch. Pour mixture to skillet.
  • Add salt, pepper, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese to skillet; whisk until well combined.
  • Stir in the spinach, coating the spinach completely in the cream mixture. Serve warm.

Notes

You can use frozen spinach in place of fresh. Just thaw and squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible before adding to the skillet in step 4.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 156kcal
Creamed spinach with a creamy white sauce in a black bowl

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43 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Outstanding recipe! Came together fast. I used arrowroot instead of cornstarch because I didn’t have any using same measurements. It was perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    Very good. First time I’ve enjoyed cooked spinach. I used half and half and skim milk since I didn’t have whole milk. I also threw in 2-3 Tbs Italian cheese blend. The family loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is great for anybody that doesn’t really like spinach. I did, however, use 1/2 cup heavy cream and a splash of 2% milk and let it thicken instead of using cornstarch as we eat Keto most of the time. The flavor is great!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Only had 2% milk, still turned out great! Will be my new go to for creamed spinach! Thank you!!

  5. Very very tasty. A recipe I will be using over and over.
    I served this w/ Parmesan chicken and pasta w/marina sauce and garlic toast.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    I loved my results after following the easy to follow instructions. I used non dairy heavy whipping cream with about a 1/4 of a tbls of cornstarch.(whipping cream is already thick) and all cheeses were non dairy but the outcome was DELICIOUS!

  7. 5 stars
    This is very good. I made it tonight and it turned out perfectly. I added some dried dill and used heavy cream instead of milk, but then had to thin the sauce so I’ll use milk next time. I’ll be making this from now on.

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times. It’s so good! I like to use white pepper in place of black. I add nutmeg, unless I forget to (I wish it were listed in the ingredients rather than just in the commentary). Today I used a partial can of evaporated milk — worked very well.

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