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The creamed spinach served in a black serving skillet with a beige linen and serving spoon to the right side.

Creamed Spinach

This creamed spinach recipe is super flavorful with a combination of onions, garlic and spices. It’s made with frozen spinach instead of fresh, making it a convenient side dish for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword spinach
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 262kcal
Author Elizabeth


  • 4 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • teaspoon Salt plus extra at the end if needed
  • ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg fresh grated is best
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 15 - 16 ounces Frozen Chopped Spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a nonstick saucepan or large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted and foamy add the onions. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, stir well to combine. Cook the spinach mixture for 2 - 2½ minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and heat until melted.
  • Add the flour to the skillet and stir constantly until combined. Cook the flour for 1½ - 2 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Stir frequently.
  • Add the milk while stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon to incorporate.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, it will take 1-2 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 5 minutes until thickened. Stir occasionally.
  • Lower the heat to low and add the parmesan cheese, stir.
  • Taste and add salt if needed. As a reference we added a pinch to ours. Leave the creamed spinach uncovered, it will thicken further as it cools.


  • When you are done squeezing the spinach use a fork or your hands to separate it and fluff it up. It will separate easier when added to the skillet.
  • Use a large, non-stick skillet or saucepan to reduce or eliminate any possibility of sticking.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 13900IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 368mg | Iron: 3mg