Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.
Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.

I first tried creamed spinach many, many years ago in Southern California, at a restaurant called Gullivers. It was a standard side dish served with their famous prime rib, and whoa… was it good! Granted- creamed spinach is not the most drool-worthy dish to look at, but it sure tastes great! Many other restaurants serve this simple (but yummy) side dish, too. If you’ve never tried it, you may be surprised at just how good it is!

I found this recipe years ago in one of my “Top Secret” cookbooks from author Todd Wilbur, and use it to this day. This particular recipe is a copycat recipe for the creamed spinach that has been a signature side dish at another famous restaurant: Ruth’s Chris Steak House (with over 100 locations in the U.S. Mexico, and Canada).

The Origins Of This Recipe

The restaurant chain was founded in 1965 by Ruth Fertel, a single mom, who bought a steak house (Chris Steak House) that was for sale. She bought it as a business opportunity, even though she didn’t know too much about running a restaurant (or cooking steaks). She taught herself how to do both, and her restaurant became a local success from her very first opening day.

Now 55 years later, this restaurant chain is still enjoying widespread success, and their creamed spinach is still on the menu as a Ruth’s Chris Steak House classic side dish. Guess what? It’s really EASY to make this copycat recipe at home… here’s how:

How To Make Easy Creamed Spinach

The recipe calls for frozen chopped spinach, which is extremely convenient, and a wonderful time saver! Place a 9-10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach in a medium saucepan, and cook according to the package directions. The frozen spinach is cooked with a little  water in a covered saucepan in a very short amount of time.

Once done cooking, drain or squeeze out all the liquid out of the spinach. I use a strainer for this step. Place the cooked spinach into a strainer that is set over a bowl (to catch all the drained juice). Press on the spinach with the back of a spoon to help press out the juice. It’s important to get rid of as much juice as possible. Discard the juice when done, and set the spinach aside.

Frozen spinach is cooked according to package directions.All the liquid is pressed out of the cooked spinach using a strainer.

Cooking The Creamed Spinach

Melt the butter in a large skillet, stirring it occasionally so it won’t burn. Once the butter has melted, add flour to the skillet, and whisk the flour into the melted butter, until smooth.

Pour heavy whipping cream into the skillet, whisking to combine the ingredients. Cook the cream sauce on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Be careful to not let the sauce come to a boil after adding the whipping cream.

Flour, and then whipping cream is whisked into melted butter in skillet.

Now it’s time to add the cooked, drained spinach, along with generous pinches of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper to the skillet. Stir well, to combine. Continue cooking the easy creamed spinach for 2-4 minutes, stirring often, until fully combined and heated through.

Easy creamed spinach is cooked until it thickens, and is heated through.

Ready To Serve Easy Creamed Spinach

Once the creamed spinach is fully mixed and heated through for 2-4 minutes, it is ready to serve! Give it a quick taste, and add additional salt, if desired, to suit your taste. Make sure the spinach is hot, place it in a serving dish, and enjoy! This veggie side dish will compliment a lot of meat entrees, but we enjoy it the most served alongside a grilled steak (or prime rib, in a restaurant!).

The recipe as written makes 4 servings. Any leftovers you might have may be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Place in a microwave to reheat, and then give it a good stir.

A bowl of easy creamy spinach, ready to serve.The easy creamed spinach served as a side dish for steak and baked potato.

I really hope you enjoy this delicious, yet simple, creamed spinach side dish! Thank you for stopping by, and sincerely trust you have a wonderful day. The printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post, for ingredient list and specific instructions.

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Original recipe source: The book “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, published by The Penguin Group in 1997, page 263

Easy Creamed Spinach
Prep Time
17 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Enjoy this copycat recipe for the Easy Creamed Spinach served at a famous steak house. A delicious, simple veggie dish, ready in under 20 minutes.

Category: Side Dish, Vegetable Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy creamed spinach
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 182 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 9-10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt , plus more to taste, if desired
  • 1 pinch black pepper/nutmeg/cayenne pepper , 1 generous pinch per spice
Instructions
  1. Place frozen chopped spinach in a medium saucepan; cook according to package directions. Once done, drain or squeeze out all liquid from spinach. Place spinach in a strainer set over a bowl (to catch drained juice). Press spinach with the back of a spoon to drain as much juice as possible. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet, stirring occasionally so it won't burn. Add flour; whisk flour into butter until smooth. Add whipping cream to skillet, whisking to combine. Cook sauce on medium low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Do not let sauce come to a boil.

  3. Add spinach, along with generous pinches of salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper to the sauce. Stir well. Continue cooking for 2-4 minutes, stirring often, until ingredients are fully combined and heated through. Serve hot, and enjoy.

  4. Store any leftovers (covered) in refrigerator for 2-3 days; they can be reheated in microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Creamed Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 8092IU162%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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