Learn how to make a Spinach dip recipe the easy way using fresh spinach! This hot spinach dip is ultra creamy and made without artichokes! Serve this with crisp baguette slices, crackers, or tortilla chips, like Applebees!  

On a Keto Diet? This Spinach dip is low in carbs, so even Keto lovers can enjoy this too! Try our Creamy Spinach Chicken with Rave reviews or Outback Broccoli and Cheese!

spinach dip recipe

Spinach Dip

This spinach dip is artichoke free and doesn’t even need to be baked! Everything is made on the stovetop from fresh spinach leaves and cheese then it’s done! That’s what I call easy! What makes this hot dip even more incredible, is that you can make-ahead the mixture and keep it chilled until you need it. So, when you want to serve a quick snack or appetizer, all you have to do is pop it into the oven until it bubbles! This recipe works both ways and can’t be eaten hot or cold!

I absolutely love this dip! It’s the only way I make spinach dip because I don’t need fancy condiments to make this recipe work. I also prefer to use up fresh spinach as many recipes call for frozen spinach or jarred Alfredo sauce, which defeats the purpose of using up the spinach or ingredients I may have on hand. Simple ingredients call for spinach dip anytime! Make it today!

 

How To Make Spinach Dip:

Spinach Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Learn how to make a Spinach dip recipe the easy way using fresh spinach! This hot spinach dip is ultra creamy and made without artichokes! Serve this with crisp baguette slices, crackers or tortilla chips, like Applebees!  

Ingredients

Spinach Dip:

  • 16 oz spinach (chopped)
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 8 oz cream cheese (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 11/2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

How to make Hot Spinach Dip:

  • In a non-stick skillet, sauté the garlic in 1 tbsp of oil. Add the spinach and cook over medium heat until spinach leaves wilt.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and melt. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  • Heat thoroughly until bubbly and smooth. 
  • Serve or broil with additional cheese for a Restaraunt-style dip!

Notes

Frozen Spinach: to use frozen spinach, squeeze excess liquid out and simply add after the cream cheese melts to retain a green color. 
Note: Over heating the spinach or cooking too long can make the green spinach color dull.
To make ahead: make and cool dip. Broil over low heat with additional cheese before serving. 
To freeze: Cool and store dip in a freezer bag for up-to 3 months. Reheat thawed dip in the oven, stovetop or microwave until hot. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 17gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 536mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4375IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 500mgIron: 2mg

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Q&A

Can you freeze Spinach Dip?

Spinach dip freezes well. Make the dip per instructions and cool completely before storing inside a freezer bag.

What to eat with Spinach Dip?

The best sides to a spinach dip are crunchy snacks! Choose from snacks such as tortilla chips, toasted baguette slices, crunchy crackers or even pretzels! Since the dip is so creamy something hard will pair nicely!

Is Spinach Dip Keto?

The Ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet with a high-fat intake. It can burn fat effectively as the carbs are being replaced with good fats. It is also, said to be very beneficial for health. Cheese falls into the Keto diet and so do green veggies, such as spinach! So, yes this is Keto friendly! Try our Popular one-pan Creamy Spinach Chicken Bake for another delicious Keto Dish!

How to reheat Spinach Dip?

The best way to reheat a spinach dip is in a skillet or toaster oven. The microwave will do a good job too. Reheat until hot and bubbly! If reheating from frozen, thaw first then bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes or until hot.

Can I make Spinach dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can make-ahead the spinach mixture and keep it chilled until you need it. So, when you want to serve a quick snack or appetizer, all you have to do is pop it into the oven until it bubbles! This recipe works both ways and can’t be eaten hot or cold!

Which Restaurant has the Best Spinach Artichoke Dip?

The most popular spinach dip is the Applebee’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip, which is known to be an appetizer favorite!

How to make spinach dip with fresh spinach leaves?

To make this dip using fresh spinach leaves, you’d want to start with wilting your spinach leaves. Wilting or cooking down the spinach leaves is crucial as fresh spinach can cook down quite a lot and it’s also important to coarsely chop the spinach, otherwise you will have long stringy spinach to chew down. Next, you’d want to melt the cream cheese first and the rest come together easily.

Can you make spinach dip from frozen spinach?

To use frozen spinach, squeeze excess liquid out and simply add AFTER the cream cheese melts to retain the green color.

How to make Easy Hot Spinach Dip:

  1. In an oven-safe skillet, sauté garlic in 1 tbsp of oil. Add freshly chopped spinach and cook over medium heat until spinach leaves start shrinking.
  2. Stir in the cream cheese and melt. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Heat thoroughly until bubbly and smooth.

 

 

Tips For Making Spinach Dip:

  1. Use frozen spinach.
  2. Mix-in different cheeses!
  3. Make-ahead for a quick snack or appetizer!
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, crackers or baguette slices!

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14 comments

    • Karen

    Thanks. I did see that the recipe is for 12 servings. Are you thinking each serving is about 1/2 cup?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      It really depends on the crowd and how you serve it. If it’s served as an appetizer and everyone’s hungry it may go further, however, if you have little children in the picture it could be less per serving. In our family of 7, it typically lasts a few days but we usually have it as a side dip.

    • Karen

    Looks great! Can you tell me what the serving size is?
    Thanks

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Karen, about 12 servings.

    • Alice Nettles

    Soo good easy to make made some for a quick snack.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear, Alice!

    • Tina

    Very delicious! easy and good appetizers to take to a birthday party everyone loved it,

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Awesome, Tina! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Cristina

    My husband loved it! Thanks.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Oh wonderful, Christina! Thanks for sharing! Our family enjoy’s it too!

    • KK Johnson

    recipe calls for oven safe pan, and article mentions oven, yet no oven time is mentioned in the recipe. Even the pictures look browned.

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      My apology if I made the article confusing however, this dip is very versatile. I did mention how you can go both directions using the oven or eating right after making on the stove top, which is why it’s best to use an oven safe skillet incase you would want to take the extra step to broil the dip for a nice crust. You can certainly make and transfer the dip to a preferred baking dish of your choice if going that direction but it’s really unnecessary as it can be eaten right after preparing.

    • linda

    This is perfect for my keto diet! Thanks for posting!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Linda, Its good to know it works for keto too:) Come back to let me know how it turned out for you

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