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Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

This is the best copycat Steakhouse Creamed Spinach recipe. This classic dish is made using fresh or frozen spinach and parmesan. Serve this creamy cheesy dish alongside any of your favorite main dish meals.

steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet

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I love a good steakhouse meal! I’m also a huge fan of the chain restaurants like Morton’s, Ruth Chris, and Capital Grille. I will almost always order this copycat recipe as one of my side dishes!

If you’re a fan of Outback you will love this version even more!

What Type of Spinach to Use: Frozen vs Fresh

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this recipe. I have made the dish using both! I prefer to use fresh spinach because it’s faster. If you use frozen spinach you will have to thaw it first. You will also need to drain out all of the water. There will be a lot!

If you skip this step, the dish won’t be as creamy and it will likely turn out a little watery. This is why I prefer to use fresh because you can skip those steps. Frozen spinach is super convenient, though! If using frozen spinach you will only need 15-16 oz.

fresh spinach in a glass bowl

How it Tastes

Steakhouse creamed spinach usually has rich garlic flavor, along with a hint of nutmeg. I can always taste that small hint every time I order this dish at a restaurant.

Yup, nutmeg! It isn’t just for Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes. Nutmeg has a nutty and slightly sweet taste that pairs wonderfully to complement the taste of the garlic and spinach.

You can substitute nutmeg for allspice or omit it completely if you want.

onions, garlic, and spices in separate bowls

How to Get it Creamy

Cream cheese and sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) does a great job to get this dish creamy. You can use all cream cheese or all sour cream (instead of using both) and the dish will still get pretty creamy, but the flavor will be different. Cream cheese has great flavor, if you omit it, plan for the dish to not taste the same.

Note the measurements and ingredients in this dish will result in really creamy spinach. You can always use less cream cheese or Greek yogurt if you don’t want a creamy dish. You can also add more spinach to the dish if you wish.

If you need to make it creamier, add more Greek yogurt or cream cheese. This is an easy dish to make to fit your needs.

Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese in separate glass bowls

How to Make Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Add olive oil, garlic, and onions to a pan or skillet.
  2. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add spinach to the pan.
  4. Add in cream cheese, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), and Parmesan cheese to the pan. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the ingredients are incorporated and the dish is creamy.
  5. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
collage of 4 photos with fresh spinach, onions, cream cheese, Parmesan, and greek yogurt in a pan
steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet with nutmeg and spices

Parmesan Cheese

I use a block of Parmesan Reggiano cheese in this recipe. Parmesan Reggiano (the real name is Parmigiano Reggiano) is high-quality cheese. It’s REAL Parmesan and is always made in Italy. Cheese labeled “Parmesan Cheese” can be made anywhere and is an imitation. Parmigiano Reggiano is more expensive and has a noticeable difference in quality and taste.

You can use whatever you wish in this recipe.

Additional Ways to Flavor and Season

steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

You can reheat the dish in the microwave or on the stove on medium heat.

steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet

Freezer Tips

This dish is made with dairy. If you freeze it, upon thaw you will notice separation. Keep this in mind if you plan to freeze the dish.

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steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet

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steakhouse creamed spinach in a cast iron skillet
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Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

This is the best copycat Steakhouse Creamed Spinach recipe. This classic dish is made using fresh or frozen spinach and parmesan. Serve this creamy cheesy dish alongside any of your favorite main dish meals.
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Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best creamed spinach, creamed spinach with cream cheese, creamed spinach with fresh spinach, steakhouse creamed spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 188kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion I used white onions.
  • 3-4 garlic cloves Minced
  • 32 oz fresh spinach
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg See notes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, garlic, and onions to a pan or skillet. I use a 10 inch cast iron.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onions and garlic become fragrant and translucent.
  • Add the spinach to the pan. Spinach wilts down a ton. Initially, the pan will look as though it may not fit all of the spinach. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the spinach shrinks in size.
  • Add in the cream cheese, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), and Parmesan cheese to the pan. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the ingredients are incorporated and the dish is creamy.
  • Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Start with a small serving of nutmeg and taste and adjust repeatedly. See notes.
  • Cool before serving.

Notes

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this recipe. I have made the dish using both! I prefer to use fresh spinach because it’s faster. If you use frozen spinach you will have to thaw it first. You will also need to drain out all of the water. There will be a lot!
If you skip this step, the dish won’t be as creamy and it will likely turn out a little watery. This is why I prefer to use fresh because you can skip those steps. Frozen spinach is super convenient, though! If using frozen spinach you will only need 15-16 oz.
If it’s your first time making the dish, add the nutmeg last so that you can taste all of the flavors of the dish and ensure you don’t add too much. Start with 1/8th of a teaspoon. Taste and adjust from there. If you add too much it will overpower the flavor of the dish.
Nutmeg has a nutty and slightly sweet taste that pairs wonderfully to complement the taste of the garlic and spinach. You can substitute nutmeg for allspice or omit it completely if you want.
I recommend using room temperature cream cheese (you can soften it in the microwave if you prefer) to make it easy to incorporate into the dish.
The measurements and ingredients in this dish will result in really creamy spinach. You can always use less cream cheese or Greek yogurt if you don’t want a creamy dish. You can also add more spinach to the dish if you wish.
If you need to make it creamier, add more Greek yogurt or cream cheese. This is an easy dish to make to fit your needs.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g
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Recipe Rating




Chasity

Wednesday 15th of February 2023

Made this for my husband for Valentine's day and he loved it! It was so easy too.

staysnatched

Wednesday 15th of February 2023

Glad to hear it!

Melissa

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Made this to go along with a prime rib dinner on NYE. Loved the tips to adjust creaminess to our desired levels. Everyone loved this. Thanks for another great recipe!

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

So glad to hear it!

Sydney

Monday 14th of November 2022

Sooo good! First time ever having and when I got the email I had to try!

staysnatched

Monday 14th of November 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

A.G.

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Who knew nutmeg was the secret ingredient?! This is the perfect side dish for my butcher box lobster tails. Another hit per usual!

staysnatched

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Yay! So glad you enjoyed it!

Robyn

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

I made this as a spontaneous side dish the other night since it was all items I already would have in my fridge and loved it so much! Thank you for inspiring me to up my side dish game 😍

staysnatched

Wednesday 9th of November 2022

Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.