The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

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Creamed Spinach.

These two words tend to have a strong impact on most people. Either a cringe effect, or a sigh of cozy nostalgia.

Today I’m serving up The Best Cream Spinach Recipe, in my humble opinion. It’s easy to make, either quickly on the stovetop or simmering all day long in a crockpot.

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This recipe offers a vibrant grassy note with nutty parmesan, garlic, and spice. The texture is rich and luxurious. This is the perfect way to eat spinach in the cooler months.

I think even the most resistant spinach eater might have a change of heart after tasting this creamed spinach!

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The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

When I’m in a hurry I make it on the stovetop in less than 20 minutes. However for big celebration meals, when I need all my burners for other dishes, I start The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe in the slow cooker and let it simmer all day.

It tastes amazing and rounds out comforting meals and holiday feasts, with mostly brown foods. If you are someone who can’t serve a meal without a green vegetable, The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe is a true winner.

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Forget the green salad that will, no doubt, be overshadowed on the Thanksgiving and Christmas table. This year serve creamed spinach along with your sweet potatoesmashed potatoes, Thanksgiving stuffing and ham.

You’re family will thank you!

How To Make The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

  1. Sauté – Take the time to cook the chopped onions and garlic in a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker. Although your onions will cook in a crockpot, they often end up with a rubbery texture and metallic taste.
  2. Dump – Scoop the onion mixture into the crock, along with the frozen spinach, milk, salt, nutmeg, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Cover and turn on low.
  3. Slow Cook – Slow cook The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe for 8-10 hours until the mixture simmers and thickens. Make sure to stir it every few hours so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

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The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe Q&A

  • Is The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe gluten free? No, but you can easily adjust it to be a gluten free recipe. Just substitute rice flour for the all-purpose flour.
  • How do you make a dairy free version? Substitute thick canned coconut milk for the milk and vegan butter for the butter.
  • Is The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe ketogenic? No. However, if you removed the flour altogether, if would be. Substitute cream for the milk to provide extra fat, and a rich luxurious texture.
  • Can you make this recipe ahead of time? Yes, you can make creamed spinach up to three days before servings. Rewarm in a crockpot or on the stovetop.
  • Can you freeze this recipe? Yes. Just make sure to thaw it slowly at room temperature before rewarming.


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5 from 4 votes

The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 5 mins

The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe - A fabulous Stovetop or Slow Cooker Creamed Spinach Recipe that pairs well with comforting holiday meals.

Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts
The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 478mg 20%
Potassium 415mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 207.6%
Vitamin C 7.7%
Calcium 27.5%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 36 ounce frozen chopped spinach (4 - 9 ounce boxes)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Place the butter, chopped onions, and garlic in a skillet. Set over medium heat and sauté to soften, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the flour and stir well to break up the clumps.

  2. Scoop the onion mixture into the crock of a large slow cooker. Add the frozen spinach, milk, salt, nutmeg, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Cover and turn on low.
  3. Slow cook for 8-10 hours until the mixture simmers and thickens. Stir every few hours. When ready to serve, stir in the parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Stovetop Instructions: Cook the onions and garlic in butter as directed above, but do so in a large deep saute pan. Add additional ingredients to the saute pan (Step 2) and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to thicken. Stir in the parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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22 comments on “The Best Creamed Spinach Recipe

  1. Saraposted November 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer,
    Another question. What would be the effect if I swapped the milk for heavy whipping cream?

    • Sommer Collierposted November 22, 2018 at 8:49 am Reply

      Hi Sara,

      It would just make the base a little thicker. Go for it! :)

  2. Saraposted November 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm Reply

    How would it change the cooking time in the crock pot if I don’t use frozen spinach, but instead use fresh?

    • Sommer Collierposted November 22, 2018 at 8:50 am Reply

      Hi Sara,

      It should cook in about half the time if the spinach is fresh.

  3. Sadafposted November 5, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Looks too good! Can I use fresh spinach? If yes, what would be the equivalent amount?

    • Sommer Collierposted November 8, 2018 at 5:55 am Reply

      Hi Sadaf,

      Absolutely! You will still need to use 36 ounces of spinach, it will overflow the pot at first but will cook down quickly.

  4. Rhondaposted November 5, 2018 at 12:12 am Reply

    Looks delicious!

  5. micheleposted November 26, 2017 at 1:04 am Reply

    Spinach is delish!

  6. Adrianposted November 17, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply

    I loooove cream spinach! What size crock pot did you use in the picture? I’m just wondering if I’d be able to use by 9×13 casserole crock pot without it over flowing. Also in the pictures, it looks a little soupy. Do you think if I let the spinach thaw a little and squeeze out some water it’d make it less soupy or too dry? What if I only used 1/2 a stick of butter to cut down on the fat?

    • Sommerposted November 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Hi Adrian,

      I used a 6 quart slow cooker. 9 X 13 inch pans are about 3 quarts. So even though the crock isn’t full to the top, I think you might need a larger pan. You can squeeze out the liquid if you like, but the spinach does firm up a little as it cools. As for butter, feel free to adjust to your liking. Happy Cooking!

  7. Margie from New Yorkposted June 14, 2017 at 10:51 am Reply

    This recipe looks great. Would you have the same results if you left off the flour? Thanks!

    • Sommerposted June 17, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply

      Hi Margie!

      If you take out the flour, you might want to substitute something like cornstarch or arrow root powder as a thickener.

  8. Marilynposted February 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply

    This looks so good, but for just my husband and I it might be too much, just wondering if you have ever frozen it in smaller servings after cooking? I am a big believer of cooking once and eating multiple times………..I will try it next week and let you know

    • Sommerposted February 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Hi Marilyn,

      I haven’t tried that, but don’t see why it wouldn’t work! :)

  9. Roxanne Apodacaposted November 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm Reply

    So good! does the recipe change at all if I use fresh spinach.

  10. Staci Callawayposted November 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm Reply

    I’m wondering if I am doing something wrong, my milk to spinach ratio seems off.  Should the spinach be covered in the crockpot or mostly exposed?

  11. Marla Meridithposted November 14, 2016 at 7:06 am Reply

    This spinach is so tempting!!!

  12. Heather Christoposted November 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I have never had creamed spinach (isn’t that funny?!) but this looks really good!

  13. Maria Lichtyposted November 11, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply

    Anytime the crockpot can do the work for me I’m in!

  14. Veronica M Legutkoposted November 11, 2016 at 8:52 am Reply

    Do you thaw the frozen spinach before adding to the crockpot?

    • Sommerposted November 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Hi Veronica!

      You just drop it in frozen and let the slow cooker thaw it for you. :)

  15. Emily @ Life on Foodposted November 11, 2016 at 7:52 am Reply

    Yum! Pinning for Thanksgiving! Love that you can throw it in the crock pot and forget about it till dinner.