Creamed Spinach Recipe

Classic creamed spinach is a marvelous dish for serving alongside your favorite entrees. The creamy, flavorful dish only requires a handful of basic ingredients to make and no more than 30 minutes to prepare. Bonus points: You can make a huge batch for the holidays or for larger gatherings when entertaining guests. The creamed spinach saves very well in the refrigerator, making it a great make-ahead option for those who like to do some meal prep.

bowl of homemade creamed spinach How to Make Creamed Spinach Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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Things You\’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach

Step 1: Sauté the Onion and Garlic

Chop the onion and add olive oil to a stock pot.

chopped onion on a cutting board Chop the onion Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Heat the oil over medium and add the onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally until onion begins to brown, about 8 minutes.

onion in a stock pot Saute the onion over medium heat Image Credit: Julia Mueller

While the onion is sautéing, chop the garlic.

chopped garlic on cutting board Chop three cloves of garlic. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Add the garlic and continue sautéing until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.

onion and garlic sauteing in a stock pot. Add the garlic and saute. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 2: Make the Cream Sauce

Reduce the heat to low and add the flour, nutmeg and sea salt to the stock pot. Stir well to combine.

onion, garlic, and flour in a pot. Stir in the flour, nutmeg and sea salt Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Slowly add the heavy whipping cream, stirring constantly.

Pouring heavy cream into pot Add the heavy cream. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Stir mixture well and continue cooking until thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Cream sauce in a pot Stir until thick sauce forms. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Add the grated parmesan cheese and stir well.

Parmesan cheese in cream sauce Stir in the Parmesan cheese Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 3: Add the Fresh Spinach

Add the baby spinach, stir well and cover for one minute.

Spinach in a pot Add the fresh spinach to the pot. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Remove cover and stir well. Replace the cover and continue cooking, stirring and covering until spinach has wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Creamed spinach in a pot Continue cooking until spinach has wilted. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Taste the creamed spinach for flavor and add more sea salt or Parmesan cheese if desired.

Spoonful of creamed spinach Taste creamed spinach for flavor. Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Serve creamed spinach alongside your entree of choice and enjoy!

Creamed spinach in a wooden bowl. Serve creamed spinach and enjoy Image Credit: Julia Mueller


You can replace the Parmesan cheese with grated mozzarella, cheddar, or Gouda.

To lighten up the creamed spinach, use 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup whole milk or half & half.

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