Morton’s Steakhouse Creamed Spinach (Copycat)

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Creamy, rich Morton’s Steakhouse Creamed Spinach Recipe that takes just a few minutes and is the perfect side for a holiday roast or prime rib.

Creamy, Rich Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach Recipe That Takes Just A Few Minutes And Is The Perfect Side For A Holiday Roast Or Prime Rib.Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach, but I’ve made it cheesier! This one is a spot on copy for Morton’s Steakhouse . I serve it with my Cast Iron Ribeye, Roasted Garlic Cherry Tomatoes and Classic Easy Mashed Potatoes as our traditional Christmas Eve dinner.

Some tips for creamed spinach:

  • Yes you can use whole milk instead of half and half (go any less fatty and you’re not going to like the results)
  • You can also go the opposite way and use heavy cream. Your taste buds will love me, your jeans may not but hey it is the holidays!
  • If you’d prefer to use frozen spinach, just defrost and squeeze out as much water as you can. – Use 1 pound of frozen spinach.
  • Nutmeg may seem like a dessert spice but you’ll love the flavor in this recipe.
  • Aside from the classic Morton’s recipe I’ve added cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.

The easiest and cheesiest creamed spinach recipe that tastes like Morton's Steakhouse!

Creamed Spinach Pasta Bake:

One of my favorite things to do with the leftovers if there are any is toss some cooked pasta in with it, add a bit of mozzarella and cream cheese for an easy spinach pasta bake. I usually just cook on 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, no recipe here, it is usually just whatever is left over.

In the case of this specific dinner we had, I actually added pasta back into my cast iron skillet I made the spinach in and baked it off with pasta with the leftover grape tomatoes too. It was a HUGE hit in our house. I love when leftovers can actually morph into something new and not feel like a leftover.

Looking for more side dishes?

The perfect holiday side dish, creamy, cheesy creamed spinach recipe.

Tools Used in the making of this Morton’s Steakhouse Creamed Spinach Recipe:
Cast Iron Skillet: If you don’t have a slow cooker with a stovetop friendly insert, this is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Strainer: These hang next to the sink because I use them so much. No rusting and inexpensive!

Recipe

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Morton's Steakhouse Creamed Spinach Recipe

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  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
Creamy, rich Morton's Steakhouse Creamed Spinach that takes just a few minutes and is the perfect side for a holiday roast or prime rib.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons Kosher salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 1/4 pounds fresh leaf spinach or one pound frozen
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with two teaspoons of salt.
  2. Add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute.
  3. Drain the spinach in a strainer or colander.
  4. Rinse with cold water until cool and squeeze the water out of each fistful of spinach.
  5. Chop the spinach bundles into a 3/4 inch width.
  6. In a large skillet melt the butter with the garlic and onions.

  7. Cook on medium low for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  8. Add in the remaining kosher salt, black pepper and nutmeg.
  9. Add in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon over low and cook for 2-3 minutes until the aroma is a bit nutty.
  10. Add the half an half and cook until boiling.
  11. Add in the mozarella cheese and cream cheese
  12. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
  13. Add in the spinach and the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Morton's Steak Bible.

I also added cream cheese and mozzarella cheese. For a perfect copycat, omit these.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 Servings, Amount per serving: 230 calories, Calories: 230g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 1302mg, Potassium: 149mg, Vitamin A: 12.1g, Vitamin C: 1.6g, Calcium: 18.4g, Iron: 1.7g

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Creamy, rich Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach that takes just a few minutes and is the perfect side for a holiday roast or prime rib.
Creamy, rich Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach that takes just a few minutes and is the perfect side for a holiday roast or prime rib.
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          1. Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets. I do have an additional site cookingwithpoints.com that lists nutritional facts for all of the recipes, if you’re interested in checking that out.

        1. I haven’t tested it but my gut is telling me that almond flour would be the better substitute. Coconut flour is more absorbent and might affect the texture of the dish. I’d love to know how it turns out if you decide to try!

  1. My hubby is always looking for creamed spinach I can excited to find this because I am surprising him with all his favorite meals for christmas this is going to be added to it.

  2. I’ve only had creamed spinach once- I can’t really recall how I felt about it, but I do like spinach. Maybe I’ll give your recipe a try. It certainly looks delicious!

  3. Oh my goodness, creamed spincach is my weakness. It is so delicious and is actually one of the only veggies my hubby will eat. LOL. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Oh wow now that is a way I could eat my spinach. That looks really tasty, and even my daughters eye widened when we looked at this. Yum

  5. I have never tried Creamed Spinach before. It looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try making this recipe on the weekend.

  6. I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found this post. A few days ago my husband and I went to lunch at a local steakhouse and he chose the creamed spinach as his side. I have been thinking about it since! I want to try to re-create it at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. Recipe looks great thank you!! I want to try this for the coming holiday. I think I would like to try adding the cream cheese to it. When would you add that in and roughly how much would you add? Also instead of boiling the spinach can you add the spinach to the skillet and wait for it to wilt that way? Thanks so much for you help!

    1. I normally throw in whatever portion of cream cheese is open in the fridge. Working with a new package I’d toss in about half of it, but if you can help it the more towards room temperature the cream cheese is the better.

  8. If substituting creamed spinach, how much would you use for the quantities of other ingredients in the recipe? Or would it still be the same by weight (2.25 lbs of spinach)?

    Thanks!

  9. Hi there, I’d like to make this for TG dinner and was wondering about how many cups does the 2 1/4 pounds spinach come out to? And just want to verify, that is the weight pre-blanching, right? Thanks so much!

  10. Looks yummy. Can it be made ahead and how much ahead? Really don’t want to wait til Thanksgiving day to make and then serve for dinner. Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. I’d make everything through step 9 ahead. Then 10 mins before serving add the spinach mixture to your skillet, warm gently then follow the rest of the directions. It’ll taste best when freshly cooked and it shouldn’t take much more effort than putting in the pan, lowering the heat and letting it all cook together for a final few minutes. Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. How would you serve this if taking to a holiday dinner?  Meaning would you put it in a casserole dish & then pop in the oven to warm up if traveling small distance – or could it all be fixed in a crockpot to be warmed up at your final destination ??  Ideas? I, too, was excited to read this recipe – I will never forget fixing a version of this one year for an extended family holiday / and my sister’s father in law ( who had many health problems ) – absolutely loved this!!  I am pretty sure he took all the leftovers home with him !!  He is gone now – and his widow will be joining us this year – I think I am meant to make it for her !!!

    1. I am heartbroken that I missed your question 🙁 I really hope whatever you decided worked out well but for next time I’d make everything through step 9 ahead. Then 10 mins before serving add the spinach mixture to your skillet, warm gently then follow the rest of the directions. It’ll taste best when freshly cooked and it shouldn’t take much more effort than putting in the pan, lowering the heat and letting it all cook together for a final few minutes.

  12. Just made this on a need to basis. Freezer went out had spinach on hand. Didn’t have all the ingredients but had the need ones used some different cheeses turned out great!! Glad I found this recipe.  Will be a keeper for sure!!

    Rating: 5
  13. This was absolutely delicious!!! I used the cream cheese, but no mozzarella and it was very creamy.
    It makes A lot – I halved the recipe and would easily be enough for 4-6 for a side dish.
    It’s a keeper ?

  14. Delicious. Very rich. However the portion was hard to understand. I tried halting everything and it was still way too much. 

    Rating: 5
  15. I tried to half it and must have not cut salt enough and couldn’t eat it as intended so I ended up putting it on my unseasoned baked potato and was delish!

    Rating: 5
  16. My wife loves creamed spinach and we order it all the time at various restaurants. This recipe (with the extra cheeses) is hands down the best we have ever had and it is now added to our book of favorites we have saved!

    Rating: 5
  17. I made this recipe looking for something to stuff inside some boneless chicken breasts. It was so good! I had a ton left, but not for long as my husband ate the rest of it right out of the pan. Creamy and delicious just like a great restaurants would be! Definitely making again!

    Rating: 5
  18. This dish is amazing!!! I made it with the added ingredients! Definitely a family fav!!!

    Rating: 5
  19. It was yummy! It tasted like one I used to be able to get frozen but isn’t available now. I will make this again.

    Rating: 5
  20. The creamed spinach was way too liquid with the cream and the cheese. Lost all spinach flavor. Might be better tomorrow reheated?

  21. I made this recipe without the cream cheese and motzerella, it was good but made a very large amount. I would suggest cutting the recipe in half and upping the amount of spinach 25%.Quick note, the only change I made was I wilted the spinach by sautéing it. This made the entire dish taste “chalky”. However a few teaspoons of lemon juice and the chalky taste disappeared.

    1. I put a note at the bottom of the recipe to explain but it just means that I added those two ingredients but if you want a true copycat to Morton’s, you can omit them.

  22. I just made this (without the nutmeg since I didn’t have any) for Friendsgiving tomorrow and omg…THIS IS SO FREAKING DELICIOUS! Stop what you’re doing and make this right now, you will not be disappointed.

    Rating: 5