Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach


This somewhat healthy creamed spinach recipe is lighter than traditional creamed spinach. It is a little easier, a little quicker, and a little more contemporary. Have all your ingredients ready to go ahead of time. It's a classic steak side dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 2 (16 ounce) bags fresh spinach

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (Optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over high heat; add spinach, cover, and cook for 1 minute. Uncover and gently stir until most of the leaves are bright green and wilted, about 2 minutes. Quickly drain spinach in a strainer and transfer to a plate lined with 4 or 5 paper towels. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze as much liquid from the spinach as possible. Transfer spinach to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

  2. Mix cayenne pepper, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in shallot and cook until just barely golden and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in seasoning mixture and pour in cream; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until the cream sauce reduces by about half, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon zest.

  4. Reduce heat to low and toss spinach with cream sauce in skillet. Cook and stir until spinach is heated through and coated, about 2 minutes. Stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.

    high angle looking at a pan of creamed spinach with a spoonful resting in the pan
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
16g Fat
7g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 44mg 218%
Calcium 193mg 15%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 883mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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