Creamed spinach

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8
What can be better than a side of creamy, nutmeg-infused spinach? Perfect to accompany any roast and especially good at Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal83
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.26g
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  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 2 x 200g bags spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 100ml single cream
  • fresh nutmeg, for grating


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan, then add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 mins, then slowly start to whisk in the milk. When it has all been incorporated, gently cook for 5 mins until the sauce has thickened.

  2. Meanwhile, place the spinach in a large colander. Pour over a kettle full of boiling water until the leaves have wilted (you may have to do this twice). Place the spinach in a clean dishcloth, squeeze out any excess liquid, then roughly chop. Stir into the sauce with the cream, gently heat, then finely grate over some nutmeg and season well.

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Comments (30)

Boomunki's picture

I put a garlic clove in, gave it a little extra, this is really nice

yarohab's picture

so easy to make, yet very delicious.My wife was upset because she was not home when I made.!!!!'s picture

Delicious!!!!! I cant stop eating

chocolatchaud's picture

Really delicious - works perfectly with smoked haddock fishcakes!

bubli's picture

I served this with potatoes and fried egg (as one of the comments below states, it's a traditional Czech Easter meal). Needless to say, it was yummy. I like the trick with kettle & hot water, this was the spinach doesn't get cooked completely dead and keeps a lot of flavour.
Next time, I'll leave out 100ml milk (thus, use milk and cream 1:1), to make it a bit less liquid, possibly add a clove of garlic (ain't never enough of garlic, heh)

lizleicester's picture

Simple and delicious. Had to be dairy free so used soya margerine, unsweetened soya milk and Alpro cream and no one could tell the difference!

egangemi's picture

Ridiculously easy and such a great side dish. I add more nutmeg just for that extra flavour.

Yuliya.s's picture

Made this last Xmas and everyone loved it. The nutmeg adds a lovely touch to the cream and spinach. (mental note: should use nutmeg more often).

lulutjies's picture

O MY!!!!
Try frying muchrooms with the onions! And as soon as the dich is done and the moment you take it off the plate stir in a few pices of Feta Cheese!
TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!

joyrmb's picture

I am a Chinese, I also like this recipt.its quite easy and delicious!

jue-jue's picture

Has anyone tried this with baked ham?
Wanted to try for Boxing Day?

jue-jue's picture

Has anyone tried this with baked ham?
Wanted to try for Boxing Day?

jue-jue's picture

Has anyone tried this with baked ham?
Wanted to try for Boxing Day?

gardener27's picture

I have made this recipe for three years running for Christmas. It's just so delicious and a family favourite.

manssy's picture

OK I tried it with frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach and it was very good! Has anyone tried preparing it like 5 days in advance and freezing it? Any ideas if it would be good?

stemichka's picture

This is too delicious for words, so I won't say any more!

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acatraps's picture

Made this with beef fillet and mash, and it went down a treat. It was simple to make, but as I made it a day in advance, I was worried that the single cream may split, so opted for double cream instead. Yum!

stephibobz's picture

I've been hunting for a great creamed spinach recipe to go with steak and here I found it! I almost forgot got about the steak and just ate the spinach.... Simply divine!

manssy's picture

Has anyone tried this with frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach?


Questions (2)

leppie's picture

Can this be frozen? I think it would be good to freeze small portions to bring out later.

goodfoodteam's picture

We've not tested freezing this recipe so cannot guarantee perfect results, however, as this is stabilised with flour we think this should freeze OK. It is definitely worth trying out a portion. When you thaw it, it might look a little curdled, but this should go as you heat it in the pan.

last edited: 11:12, 21st Mar, 2016

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