Rating: 3.42 stars
486 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 105
  • 4 star values: 128
  • 3 star values: 143
  • 2 star values: 88
  • 1 star values: 22

Our take on the classic creamed spinach side dish uses fresh spinach and cream cheese as a thickener. It's a crowd pleasing recipe that's popular with both young and old.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain in a colander; rinse with cold water until cool. Squeeze spinach to remove as much liquid as possible; coarsely chop, and set aside.

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  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add cream cheese and milk; cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in spinach. Simmer over medium heat until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Add nutmeg; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

When you're ready to prepare spinach, discard any yellow leaves and tough stems. Spinach can be gritty, so to clean it, swish it around in several changes of cool water until there's no grit left at the bottom of the bowl.

Reviews (23)

486 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 105
  • 4 star values: 128
  • 3 star values: 143
  • 2 star values: 88
  • 1 star values: 22
Rating: 5.0 stars
06/11/2020
This is by far the easiest and the best creamed spinach recipe. . Don’t chase change thing! It’s perfect, thank you Martha!
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/10/2019
Easy, fast and perfect as written!
Rating: 5.0 stars
11/23/2019
Come on, you don't need that giant pot of boiling water to cook the spinach. Just put the spinach into a pot, spay it with water and cover and cook. Easier. Don't ask me how much water...just give it a spray from your sink, or if you washed fresh spinach, that's enough water. Great recipe, otherwise, though.
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2019
I added yoghurt and milk. It worked well.
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2019
This is the easiest and best tasting cream spinach recipe I have found. We absolutely love it and I always have to double it as nothing is leftover. It is very important to drain and squeeze cooked spinach so it's very creaming when mixed with sauce or sauce is too liquidy
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2019
I made this recipe for 14 people, and doubled it. It was delicious, and most of it was gone, but had a little left over. I found that the recipe did not come out as creamy as shown in the photo. So, after following the recipe (and doubling it), I did the following: in a separate pot, I melted 4 tbsp. butter, 6 ounces of cream cheese, and a half cup of milk. I then poured it over the spinach and it made it really nice and creamy. There was no need to add more onions or garlic -- that was fine. You could adjust these measurements, or just add the extra sauce a little at a time until it is the consistency you like. Overall, good recipe that I will make again!
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2019
Easy and Excellent! I made this with 1 lb of spinach and adjusted proportions. I've tried a LOT of creamed spinach recipes and this is by far the easiest and best tasting. I think it's the cream cheese that makes the difference. I used more onions and garlic, and grated some fresh nutmeg over it. I didn't use salt or pepper, except for salting the water. This was more than enough for 3 of us for dinner, with leftovers for today. This will now be my go-to creamed spinach recipe.
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2019
Great recipe! I used a box of frozen spinach, squeezed. The amount was perfect.
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2018
We love this recipe; but we are following the keto way of eating and I cannot find the nutritional information. Can anyone provide it?
Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2017
Only use 1.5 lbs of spinach; 2.5 lbs is way off. Squeezing the water out of the spinach is very similar to squeezing water out of tuna. Don’t worry about the stems on the spinach leaves; they cook down and are quite edible. Recommend you shred the spinach as you are squeezing the water out. Don’t waste time trying to cut it up beforehand. Wasn’t crazy about the nutmeg. Someone else suggested adding pepper jack cheese; I think that’s a better suggestion.
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2017
The measurements were way off! 2.5 pounds of spinach is at least 8 servings, not 4, so I had to increase everything to get it to resemble a 'creamed' recipe. The batch of spinach shown in the video was about 1/3 of what I ended up with. Misleading!!
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2017
Super easy and delicious! I did make a few slight modifications just based on preference. I swapped the milk for heavy whipping cream which makes it a bit thicker. We are cheese lovers so I added a bit of monterey jack and fresh parmesan melted into the mixture as well. A little bit of red pepper flake adds a nice kick if you like to spice things up a bit. I make mine ahead of time and reheat in a ceramic dish in the oven on about 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I like to experiment so I doctored this excellent basic recipe. It is fabulous as is as well so you can't go wrong with this one. It would make a nice appetizer with pita or tortilla chips.
Rating: Unrated
05/27/2017
I found it interesting to read great reviews about this recipe and another where one family decide to throw away the leftovers. I still decided to make the recipe exactly as it was written and this is what I discovered: TASTE Delicious. The white sauce was extraordinary and very easy to make. TEXTURE Terrible. The spinach turned out tough, rough, hard to chew and swallow. WHY? Just letting the spinach wilt in the boiling water for 1 minute is not enough and will not soften the spinach's fiber. WHAT TO DO Let the boiling water soften the spinach before removing and cutting. Since I did not want to throw away everything I added a cup of milk, covered the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes until the spinach softened. It turned out excellent. Hope this helps!
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2017
This was my first time making creamed spinach and I had some sliced button mushrooms that I needed to use,so I sauteed them in butter and garlic and added them. It was delicious!! I loved that this recipe was so easy to follow. I making it again tonight to add with some steaks on the grill. Yum!
Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2016
I made the cream spinach for the first time and it was great. I got it right by following the receipe and everyone enjoyed it even the ones who claim they didn't like spinach.
Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2015
I felt like this recipe was kind of lacking... I cooked it exactly as it said to, but when it was finished it was much too milky and watery and the flavor wasn't that great... so what I did was take the whole mixture, spinach and all and put it in a sauce pan cooked it down so it wasn't as water, added a little garlic powder and bacon and when I got it to where it was kind of stringy looking I took it out and it was great! :)
Rating: Unrated
12/02/2014
This turned out terrible for me. I made the recipe exactly as instructed, and I believed it turned out how it should have. However, the flavor was terrible. My household doesn't have picky eaters, but none of us could even finish eating our helpings of this. Everyone agreed this recipe was "not a keeper" and we threw away the whole bowl of leftovers. I do not recommend.
Rating: Unrated
06/29/2014
Oh my gosh! This is the BEST creamed spinach i've ever had. My husband loved it too and he's a picky one! Thanks Martha!
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2014
Super yummy! All of the kids gobbled it up!
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2013
This recipe was really easy to make and absolutely delicious.
Rating: Unrated
03/10/2013
Easiest and delicious recipe! My 1.5 year old son loves it too, can't get enough. A home run in my book!
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2011
Love this recipe. I happened to have some roasted garlic cloves and I also used frozen spinach. I sprinkled a little fresh grated parmesean cheese on top for a nice finish and flavor.
Rating: Unrated
07/24/2010
What a delicious -- and super easy! -- gem of a recipe. I'm a firm believer that cream cheese goes with almost anything, and this is no exception. Perfectly creamy, perfectly tasty. Had no ground nutmeg on hand so threw in just a touch of pumpkin pie spice and it was delish! Will definitely make again.
Rating: Unrated
02/17/2009
I didn't boil or chop the spinach, I just sauteed in a little and chopped bacon and then added the spinach to the sauce. Best spinach recipe EVER! I would encourage anyone to try this...really great as a type of relish with steaks. KILLER RECIPE!
Rating: Unrated
04/28/2008
made this even without the nutmeg and loved it!