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

4.99 from 71 votes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
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: 605g, Vitamin C: 1.3g, Calcium: 184g, Iron: 0.3g

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Keyword: Classic Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
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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.

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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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. #creamedspinach #holidays #sidedish #spinach #cheesy
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  1. Followed your recipe to a T and made creamed spinach for the first time in my life. The nutmeg is a must in my opinion. Used fresh spinach which, from reading through the comments, also seems like a must. Not sure if skillet type matters but I used a cast iron. It was the perfect spinach to cream ratio. My husband loved it and we have a ton left over. Wondering if we could place the rest in a freezer bag and thaw when needed?

    Thank you for sharing this gem! My only suggestion to others is maybe pair with a leaner cut of meat. I had a ribeye and it was too filling lol

  2. I just made this and it is delish!!! I used 4 boxes of frozen spinach and it was perfect ratio of cream and spinach. Will definitely make again…yummy!!

    1. If you want to make this ahead of time, follow everything through step 9 as prep. Then 10 minutes before serving, add the spinach to the mixture, warm gently and then follow the rest of the directions. Enjoy!

  3. Great recipe thanks.
    I didn’t have the nutmeg. I used brown curry instead and dehydrated ginger and a twist of lemon. No salt and pepper either used “Slap ya’ mama”, its a staple on the pipeline. Saute carrots and added strained Ro*el at the end… OMG. Had to use Saltines, no flour either, and used smoked Gouda. Chicken broth instead of water. I did use spinach and the cream cheese. FYI the is no such thing as too much cream. I’m putting over Arborio rice.

  4. This is my go to receive at every family gathering. My kids love it too which is awesome. I agree that it is more ‘spinached cream’ versus creamed spinach but I love it that way. It is really rich. If it’s too much use less half and half.

  5. We made this with a garlic prime rib, horseradish mashed potatoes and corn bread for NY day. It was the best we’ve had! As the glutton I am, I even poured some over a piece of corn bread. It was too good that it was hard to stop eating. Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  6. I followed the recipe as is. I used a pound of frozen spinach. Then I had to add the other 8 oz from the bag. There is WAYYYYYYYY too much cream in this recipe. Even after adding the rest of the spinach I had, I wound up with “spinached cream” and not creamed spinach. I’d use maybe 2 cups of half and half, definitely not 3.5 cups!! Other than that, it’s pretty tasty.

  7. Made this as a side with prime rib. Too heavy, too cheesy. Love creamed spinach, but this was over powering. The ratio of cheese/cream to spinach was way off. Much prefer lighter cream with the spinach.

  8. We made this creamed spinach to the recipe requirements (cream cheese and mozzarella too) for Christmas with prime rib, creamed corn and potatoes au gratin. The creamed spinach was delicious but super think – so we added room temperature beef broth to thin it out. Highly recommend having a carton of beef broth handy and slowly mix into completed dish until the thickness preferred. We also cleaned the spinach stems and tore the spinach leaves prior to cooking.

  9. Great recipe!

    I omitted the mozzarella but couldn’t pass up the cream cheese. I used half and half.

    Did steps 1 through 9 and set aside waiting for the prime rib to catch up. 3 hours later added the spinach and followed the rest of the recipe. Worked to perfection!

    Read a lot of comments about being too creamy. I squeezed the excess water from the spinach until my hands ached. Think that is the trick to eliminating the excess sauce.

  10. This was the first time I had attempted creamed spinach. I halved the entire recipe and used frozen spinach. It was delicious but I did remove at least a third of the sauce before I added the spinach. It would have been all sauce with a little spinach otherwise. I will make it with fresh spinach next time to see if the sauce to spinach ratio is correct.

  11. I agree with other comment about using frozen spinach, I used 1 pound, but had enough cream sauce for at least 2 pounds. It is tasty but definitely need to adjust the recipe.

  12. I was not sure how to rate this recipe. Executing the recipe as written yields something that isn’t really creamed spinach. I’ve made it twice in the past month. The first time I made it with the mozzarella and cream cheese as recommended. It had way too much sauce for the recommended amount of spinach. I wound up adding pasta to it, and it was delicious.

    I made this recipe a second time using the recommended amount of frozen spinach. I omitted the cream cheese and mozzarella. There was still too much sauce!! I then removed 50-60% rue/sauce prior to adding the spinach and Parmesan. I placed the extra in the freezer. It came out well with the alterations.

    The mozzarella and cream cheese are unnecessary if you’re making a creamed spinach. This recipe as written would be great for a pasta dish or perhaps as a dip if you add artichoke and additional mozzarella.

  13. I omitted cream cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan and I still thought it was wonderfully rich. I did add extra butter and reduce the flour until they were about equal in order to make a proper roux. I also microwaved the half and half until warm before mixing it in slowly. Finally, I added generous amounts of paprika, Urfa chili, and black lime powder because steakhouse creamed spinach is just too rich and one-note for my tastes in general. It was the best creamed spinach I have ever made by far.

  14. Was delicious! After reading reviews, used 2 pounds of frozen spinach. We enjoyed it as a Thanksgiving side dish this year. Also ate leftovers as dip.

    1. If you want to make this ahead of time, follow everything through step 9 as prep. Then 10 minutes before serving, add the spinach to the mixture, warm gently and then follow the rest of the directions. Enjoy!

  15. I used frozen spinach, and instead of the pound I ended up using 24 oz. There seemed to be too much sauce for just one pound of frozen. Otherwise the recipe was wonderful!

  16. Wonderful recipe! Made it exactly as written and was perfect! Thank you for such a recipe for spinach perfection,…

  17. Ugh -this was awful The mozzarella wouldn’t really melt (like most mozzarella) and it was all stringy and not very creamy
    Not sure what I did wrong but it was gross.

  18. Much too much liquid/cream for the amount of spinach. I put it in a blender, and turned it into spinach soup- added mint leaves. The taste was delicious. Next time I will double the amount of spinach and cut down the cream to 3 cups.

  19. Used 2 boxes of frozen spinach, and had about twice the sauce needed. No worries, saved the extra sauce to use for another dish, as it is delicious!

  20. thank you for the recipe, what am I missing about frozen spinach? Why would you defrost and squeeze out excess water if you’re about to cook it until wilted? is frozen spinach usually precooked or something?

  21. Tried this recipe for the first time 2 weeks ago – it is a fabulous recipe! So easy, tasty and creamy… mmm,. Everyone loved it and we’re looking forward to making it again tomorrow for family. Thank you for sharing it with us!

        1. If you want to make this ahead of time, follow everything through step 9 as prep. Then 10 minutes before serving, add the spinach to the mixture, warm gently and then follow the rest of the directions. Enjoy!

  22. I actually made this with broccoli rabe and it came out amazing. I did put the rabe through a food processor but that chopped a bit too much so I would hand chop it next time.

  23. Very creamy and delicious. If you are buying bagged spinach, you’ll need 4 (6 oz) bags. Make sure you get as much water out of it after you cook it. This recipe would be great to make a spinach artichoke dip out of. To do this, I’d reduce the spinach to 12 oz and add a jar of heated, chopped artichoke hearts.

  24. I’m dying to make this for an event I’m having soon. I need 12 pounds of frozen spinach (I know seems excessive lol) but I can’t see multiplying every ingredient by 12, that seems like way to much of everything. Would 3x or 4x the recipe suffice or is that still to much? Looks absolutely delicious I can’t wait to make it!

    1. You’ll be ok with multiplying as needed. If you’re afraid that it’ll be too creamy or cheesy, hold back a quarter when it comes to the half and half and mozzarella cheese. You can always add it in later if you still want it. Good luck!

  25. It was good but something is wrong with the list of ingredients. I used 2 boxes of 10 oz frozen spinach. Your recipe calls for 3.5 cups of half and half. There was way to much liquid. After putting the spinach in the pan, I had to remove it and scooped up about 1/4 of the half and half and put it in a smaller saucepan. Maybe I did something wrong. It was delicious though. Thank you!

    1. Did you defrost and squeeze out as much water as possible from the frozen spinach before using? That might have led to more liquid being produced. Hopefully this helps.

  26. WAYYYYY too much Cream sauce and not nearly enough spinach. We doubled the frozen spinach to 2 lbs and still had so much cream sauce.
    Tasted delish though!!!

  27. I CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY YOUR CREAMED SPINACH. EVERY TIME WE EAT AT A CHINES BUFFET THEY HAVE CREAMED SPINACH, BUT I THINK THIS WILL BE BETTER WITH THE GARLIC.

  28. Delicious thanks for sharing.. big hit for dinner.. I used heavy whipping cream. I didn’t use the mozzarella nor cream cheese

  29. I halved the recipe cause I only had one bag of spinach. I had heavy whipping cream so I split it with 2% milk. Delicious!

  30. This creamed spinach is ridiculously delicious. And bonus for giving me a reasonto use up half the spinach growing in our garden right now. You can only take spinach salad for so long. We paired with thick, juicy Prime Ribeye and a nice red wine and I was literally in heaven. The recipe is also very easy, and pretty quick prep time. I am a fan!!

  31. I didn’t rate it because I have not made it yet but it sounds really good. My question is can this be made with canned spinach? That is all I have right now. Seems like if I treated it like the frozen, drain it, then it would work as well. What do you think??

  32. My husband adores this recipe and gets creamed spinach at Morton’s every time we go. I cook it in a cast iron skillet because it turns out so well.

    My husband hemorrhaged after surgery once and needed to increase his iron levels but was having a hard time getting enough. So I cooked all his meals in cast iron. The doctor was amazed at how quickly his levels came back to normal. So we’re big fans of cast iron cooking. I also love how cast iron sears meat, so I wind up roasting more steaks in the oven and then searing them in a rocket hot cast iron pan than I do grilling them. I love basting with the pan fond and some butter and thyme then serving with roasted shallots, sauteed mushrooms, and the creamed spinach.

  33. This is the best creamed spinach I’ve ever had. I made it for a dinner party with friends, and it was the hit. I will be making this one for years to come. Followed the recipe exactly, wouldn’t change a thing.

  34. I made it for dinner yesterday and it was delicious! Would definitely make it again. As another reviewer mentioned it does make a lot of sauce, so what I did was take about half of the sauce out of the pot and saved it for the next day.

  35. I made this last night for Valentine’s Day dinner with a few modifications since I did not have all the ingredients at home. I chopped up some bacon and added it when sautéing the onions, decreased the salt to 1/2 tsp. total, used 1 C. whipping cream and 1 C. milk and omitted the mozzarella cheese because I did not have any. I used fresh “steamed” spinach (no salt) only using the water from the spinach leaves in a large pot , draining it a colander and pressing out excess water with a flexible silicone spatula and did squeeze out as much water as with boiling it. It came out beautiful and delicious and will be a regular in my cooking menu now.