This hot spinach dip is a blend of cooked spinach, three types of cheese and seasonings, all baked together to melted cheesy perfection. An easy make-ahead party snack that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

I’m a huge fan of hot cheesy dips, especially when I’m throwing a party. I always have a selection of dips including pizza dip, jalapeno popper dip, and this fabulous spinach dip.

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A piece of bread scooping into a pan of spinach dip.

Spinach dip is such a classic recipe, and there are so many different ways to serve it! I’ve seen hot spinach dip, cold dip,dip in a bread bowl, no matter what it’s always a hit at a party. This cheesy version is my favorite out of the bunch, it takes just minutes to put together and will be the first thing eaten at your next gathering.

How to make spinach dip

This dip is a mix of cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach, garlic, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese and seasonings. All of the ingredients get stirred together and spread into a baking dish or skillet. The finishing touch is another layer of cheese. Bake your dip until it’s hot and melted, then add a sprinkling of parsley and serve.

Cooked spinach garlic, shredded cheese, cream cheese and sour cream in a mixing bowl.

Tips for spinach dip

  • The most important part of making this recipe is to be sure all of the water is removed from your spinach. You can squeeze the spinach between your fingers to remove the liquid, press it in a potato ricer, or wrap the spinach in a few layers of paper towels to wring out all the liquid.
  • I prefer to use freshly cooked spinach for this dip. You can use frozen spinach in a pinch, but I find that frozen spinach has a stringier texture.
  • I use a blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheeses to flavor the dip. If you don’t have mozzarella cheese, other great options are Monterey Jack or fontina cheese.

A blend of cheeses, cooked spinach and sour cream all mixed together.

Can you make spinach dip in advance?

You can assemble this dip up to 8 hours before you plan to bake it. Simply store it loosely covered in the fridge until you’re ready to heat it up. You may need to add a few more minutes to the baking time to compensate for starting with a cold dip.

A skillet of unbaked spinach dip topped with shredded cheese.

How to make healthy spinach dip

This recipe is full of cheese, which makes it delicious, but it’s not necessarily the healthiest option. If you’re looking to save a few calories, you can use low fat cream cheese, low fat sour cream, and reduce the amount of shredded cheese in the recipe by 1/3.

A skillet of hot spinach dip garnished with parsley and served with crackers, bread and vegetables.

Spinach Dip variations

This is a classic recipe, but you can add other ingredients into the mix to customize the flavors.

  • Artichokes: Add 1/2 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts.
  • Bacon: Add 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Add 1/4 cup chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes.
  • Mushrooms: Add 1/2 cup chopped cooked mushrooms.

Everyone loves a good cheesy appetizer option, and this dip is no exception. Whip up a batch and watch the rave reviews roll in!

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Spinach Dip

AuthorSara Welch
A piece of bread scooping into a pan of spinach dip.
This hot spinach dip is a blend of cooked spinach, three types of cheese and seasonings, all baked together to melted cheesy perfection. An easy make-ahead party snack that's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 10


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided use
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • bread, crackers and vegetables for serving
  • cooking spray


  • Steam or saute the spinach until wilted. Let cool, then wring out all the excess water. Coarsely chop the spinach.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a small baking dish or skillet with cooking spray.
  • Place the cream cheese, sour cream, cooked spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Spread the spinach mixture into the prepared dish. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until dip is bubbly and cheese is melted. Turn the oven to broil and cook for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese starts to brown. 
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley then serve with bread, crackers and vegetables.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Making this tomorrow! I only have grated parmesan cheese. I see the recipe calls for that, but in the pics it looks like shredded parmesan. Is either ok to use in the recipe?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been making your recipe for a while now and….OHHHHHHH MYYYYYY, it’s always a hit (with me, and everyone else)!!! Thank you for sharing it! (Ahem, this week, I had a hankering for it and after I made homemade tortilla chips earlier, I just finished baking the dip tonight! Oooooh, I can’t wait to dig in! All the best this year!

  3. Love this recipe! However I have a question. I’m doing some freezer meals since I’m going to be first time Momma in five weeks from now. Can this recipe be frozen in anyway?

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great and easy recipe! Added a little of the vegetable soup mix, garlic salt and pepper, everyone loved it and wanted the recipe lol. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple of times and it’s awesome. Everyone always asks me to make it for parties. I do use frozen chopped spinach because it’s just easier but always make sure it’s drained and dry. I usually make it a couple of hours ahead, put it in the frig and then cook it just before serving. Turns out great every time. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Hi there, excited to try this dip! Is there any reason why I can’t prepare the dip about 24 hours in advance and then bake it?

  7. Love this recipe!!! Made it as an appetizer for Thanksgiving and my children loved it. They could not stop coming back for more….They ate already asking when I will make it again!!!!

  8. 5 stars
    I made your recipe and made one the same but addendum queso fresca cheese and diced jalapeños and it went twice as fast.
    Great recipe.


  9. Great recipe!!! I’ve made it twice and it’s been a hot both times. If I prepare it beforehand and store in the fridge, should I put it on the oven longer since it will be cold? Or should I leave it out for a bit before putting in the oven?

  10. 5 stars
    Just made this and added shredded rotisserie chicken to it, so I also added a little extra cream cheese to compensate. Soooo good. Thank you for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    My favorite spinach dip recipe. I add though chopped up small onion, mushrooms and one jalapeño pepper. I sautee these before I add the spinach. In addition I add some chopped up artichoke hearts and some red pepper flakes. I also add about a third cup more sour cream. Turns out beautiful every time and is extra spicy which I like.