This Ruth Chris creamed spinach is a light and healthy side dish everyone will love. It's flavorful, satisfying, and goes well with just about anything and everything, so you'll want to make it again and again!
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The Best Ruth Chris Creamed Spinach
If you've ever been to Ruth's Chris Steak House, you know their creamed spinach is one of the best side dishes on the menu. And since I have a few delicious Ruth Chris recipes on the blog already, I had to recreate the creamy spinach.
The spinach is cooked perfectly, and each bite of this dish is loaded with savory flavor from the blend of spices, onion, and garlic. Then it's finished off with a little parmesan cheese to pack even more flavor.
I know we're just talking about cream of spinach, but I honestly can't get enough of it!
Plus, in addition to tasting great, this recipe is so easy to make. You basically just microwave the spinach, sauté the garlic and onions, then combine everything until you have the perfect side dish. It's that easy!
By the way, since making this creamed spinach recipe is a breeze, you'll have plenty of time to work on the main course. If you're looking for what to serve with creamed spinach, this Ruth Chris stuffed chicken or Ruth Chris Lobster mac and cheese is perfect for the full Ruth Chris experience!
The ingredient list to make this creamed spinach recipe is pretty simple. In fact, there's a good chance you'll have everything you need to make it on hand already!
Anyway, here are all of the Ruth Chris Steak House creamed spinach ingredients:
- ½ lb. spinach, frozen and chopped
- 3 tbsp. butter
- ½ cup yellow onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
Pretty simple, right?!
By the way, you can use almost all of these ingredients to make this spinach casserole, so definitely give that recipe a try next!
INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
Now, I think this Ruth's Chris creamed spinach recipe tastes best when made with the ingredients listed above. But there's definitely room to switch some things up, depending on what you have on hand.
For instance, this recipe calls for frozen spinach leaves, but if you only have fresh spinach, then you can use that instead. The only difference is you'll want to steam the fresh spinach for several minutes until it's wilted, then transfer it to a food processor and pulse it until it's finely chopped. I suggest using about 1 ½ pounds of fresh spinach for this recipe.
As for the butter, if you wanted to choose a lighter option, then you could swap it for olive oil instead.
HOW TO MAKE RUTH CHRIS CREAMED SPINACH
I know I said it earlier, but this recipe truly is so easy to make. So you can have a steak house side dish with any meal you want whenever you want!
With that said, let's stop wasting time and get cooking!
STEP 1: MICROWAVE THE SPINACH
First things first, you'll want to transfer the frozen spinach to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave it in intervals until it's fully thawed. Be sure to squeeze out all the liquid, then you can set it aside.
STEP 2: MAKE THE CREAM SAUCE
Next up, you can melt the butter in a 12-inch skillet - or any large skillet - set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, you can add the onion and garlic to it. Let this cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until it's somewhat softened and translucent.
Then, you can add the flour to the garlic and onion mixture and cook it for one more minute until the mixture becomes slightly foamy. After the minute is up, pour in the milk and stir vigorously to dissolve the flour mixture.
STEP 3: ADD THE SPICES
Once the flour mixture has completely dissolved, you can add the nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Now bring this to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes until it becomes slightly thickened.
STEP 4: ADD THE SPINACH
Last but not least, once you have a somewhat thickened sauce, you can add the spinach and grated parmesan cheese. Then let this cook for an additional minute to warm it through.
Finally, serve hot with anything you want and enjoy!
HOW TO STORE CREAMED SPINACH
This recipe for Ruth's Chris creamed spinach makes 4 side-dish-sized servings. It should make it perfect for a big family dinner, and don't worry if you end up with leftovers because they taste even better the next day!
Speaking of leftovers, you can store any leftover creamed spinach in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
HOW TO REHEAT CREAMED SPINACH
When you're ready to enjoy your leftovers again, they're definitely best reheated.
So, to reheat the spinach, I suggest transferring it back to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow it to cook, stirring frequently, until it's fully reheated.
Alternatively, you can also microwave your leftovers in 30-second intervals until it reaches your desired temperature.
FAQS ABOUT THIS RUTH CHRIS CREAMED SPINACH RECIPE
HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN RUTH CHRIS CREAMED SPINACH?
According to the Ruth Chris Steak House website, one serving of their creamed spinach is approximately 295 calories.
WHAT IS CREAM OF SPINACH MADE OF?
Cream of spinach is traditionally made of spinach cooked until wilted along with a combination of sautéed garlic and onions, milk, cheese, and spices. The combination of a smooth white sauce with tender spinach and savory spices makes for a light but decadent dish.
WRAPPING IT UP
Well, that's how to make Ruth's Chris creamed spinach!
This honestly might be one of the best secret recipes ever. Between the balance of textures and flavor, and the fact that it's so easy to put together, it's no wonder my family and I have been obsessed with making it for dinner!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I/we do.
As always, if you give it a try, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know how it went!
More Copycat Recipes
If you enjoyed this recipe for Ruth Chris Steak House creamed spinach, we have a ton of other copycat recipes on the blog you can try out next!
Check all of these out:
- Ruth Chris sweet potato casserole
- Texas Roadhouse country fried chicken
- Wendy's chili
- Longhorn Steakhouse mac and cheese
- Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice
- Cook the spinach in the microwave, and squeeze out all the liquid. Set aside.
- Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until somewhat softened. It will take 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add flour and cook for one more minute until foamy.
- Pour in milk and stir vigorously to dissolve the flour mixture.
- Add nutmeg, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes until slightly thickened.
- Stir in spinach and grated cheese, cooking for a minute more to warm through.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g