The trick in making the creamiest creamed spinach is using sour cream. This is my favorite version and a dinner staple, it’s creamy and the perfect side dish for mashed potatoes.

sour cream creamed spinach

Creamed spinach with a hard boiled egg is the biggest comfort food for me. With the mandatory side of mashed potatoes. My mom made this often growing up, with an addition of roasted chicken, and I could never get tired of it.

Many traditional recipes use heavy cream in creamed spinach, but I find that too sweet. Instead I prefer to make creamed spinach with sour cream. It’s tangy and complements the green spinach perfectly. To thin it out, I like milk, because it’s less sweet than cream.

creamed spinach with boiled egg

The seasonings are simple, just sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder. You can use fresh garlic if you wish, but I like to use garlic powder in this particular recipe. It’s friendlier for a picky palate and while I’ve grown out of it, I still like a nostalgic meal.

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Creamiest creamed spinach

A perfect side dish for mashed potatoes, this creamed spinach is insanely creamy. Made with sour cream instead of sweet cream, it's balanced and delicious.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 16 oz frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk fast (to prevent flour form burning) to make a roux. Whisk in sour cream and milk.
  • Add the spinach, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Keep whisking until incorporated and cook on for about 10 minutes, maintaining a simmer throughout.
  • Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Serve warm.


About garlic powder: In this particular recipe, I prefer powder over fresh garlic. I don’t want to bite into a tiny piece of garlic when I eat creamed spinach and the only way I can prevent that is by using  garlic powder. If you’re not as picky as me, feel free to use fresh garlic.
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  1. Kelsey M says:

    We have a family recipe for creamed spinach as well (we make it around Christmas usually) but it doesn’t involve sour cream- I’m intrigued! I’ll bet it’s a wonderful addition!

    1. Alice says:

      I think creamed spinach is such a family classic, we really all have our own recipes. But I also think sour cream makes all the difference and you should totally try it if you can. 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    Ohmigosh, these look sinful, and your photos are SO gorgeous! Pinned!

    1. Alice says:

      Thanks Rebecca!! 🙂