Spanakopita Creamed Spinach

This classic spinach appetizer gets remade as a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Spanakopita Creamed Spinach Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins

There's a lot to love about spanakopita, like the crispy phyllo dough packets or the delicious spinach and feta filling. But maybe you want to skip the pie aspect altogether without losing the overall flavor profile. Enter this clever creamed spinach recipe.

Transform spinach, onions, and garlic into an extra decadent side dish with the help of some heavy cream and feta. The result is silky and rich, perfect for serving alongside broiled lamb chops, roasted chicken, or baked white fish. For an easy garnish, top the dish with toasted pine nuts or panko breadcrumbs.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¾ cup chopped yellow onion (from 1 small [6 oz.] onion)

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped (1 Tbsp.)

  • 3 (10-oz.) pkg. chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ounce cream cheese

  • 4 ounces feta cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add spinach, whipping cream, and cream cheese; cook, stirring constantly until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.

  3. Stir in feta, dill, salt, and nutmeg.

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