Creamy Stovetop Spinach Dip

I’m admitting that I have an eating issue when it comes to anything warm, rich, cheesy and gooey. Add a bold red glass of wine and a crusty baguette, I’ll inhale a big bowl of any  cheese dip that was accidentally left in front of me.

I’ll even confess to the fact that I troll all party buffet tables until I can be the last one to scrape the bottom and the edges of the dip bowl. That’s where the best part of the charred, burnt and crispy parts of the dip lie. Knowing where to find tastiest part of the dip was my hidden little secret, until now.

Oh, my pathetic heart. Cheese dips are my weakness and I know it won’t be long before I keel over from a heart attack or start popping meds to lower my cholesterol.  My only salvation is afterwards, when I take out all my “post dip eating gluttony guilt” with uppercuts, hooks, and left cross punches. Thank health goodness that I turn to kickboxing as my cheese calorie burning therapy.

It’s not often that I make my appetizer dips outside of the oven. The slow, warm love that the oven lathers on to my cheese dip is amazing and there’s no substitution to how well the oven melts everything together.

But when my brother #2, who also happens to be my #1 dip fan, made one of my appetizer dips on the stove top,  I screamed out loud in dip mutiny. How could he rip apart my recipe and cook it in 10 minutes in a FRYING PAN?! I’ve always nurtured all my dips in the oven for about one hour and patiently waited out the long bake time. The results for my dip recipes were always so wonderful that I never, ever considered changing my cooking technique.  Why mess with perfection?

“It’s good, try it,” he told me. Brother #2 has always been a quiet, gentle guy of few words. So when he made the effort to share his ideas, it was powerful enough to  convince me to pull out my cast iron pan, think out side of the oven and give my warm spinach dip a try via the stove top.

Lo and behold,  he was right on the money. I made my spinach dip in a frying pan and within 10 minutes I had a rich, cheesy, beautifully melted and flavored dip that rivaled the 60 long minutes of oven cooking. I couldn’t believe how fast, and well combined all the ingredients came together in the frying pan. The flavors  of this spinach dip were actually BETTER in this stove top method because I was able to caramelize the onions and garlic until they became fragrant. The oven version never had that same caramelized epiphany.

I’m completely hooked to my brothers fast technique on this spinach dip and am thankful for his bachelor style cooking methods. But I blame him for making me eat this spinach dip more often because it’s so EASY! Thanks Bro!

– Diane

5 from 1 vote
Stove-top Spinach Dip
Total Time
15 mins

Who doesn't love a good spinach dip? The best part about this dip recipe is that it's made with melted cream cheese and made on stove top. You can also make this ahead of time, and bake it in an oven proof dish right before serving

Servings: 4 Servings
  • 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach , thawed & squeezed dry of excess water
  • 8 oz. canned water chestnuts , drained & chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of grapeseed/olive oil
  • 1 medium onion , minced
  • 2 large clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • crusty bread or crackers
  1. Over medium heat, heat oil in large saucepan. Then add onions and garlic. Saute until fragrant and light golden brown.
  2. Add spinach and water chestnuts and continue to saute for a minute or two or until the spinach and chestnuts are heated through. Add salt and pepper

  3. Add milk, cream cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and mayo. When cheese melts, turn down heat to low.
  4. Continue stirring and allow dip to simmer until cheese and rest of ingredients are blended well together. Add additional salt/pepper to personal taste.

  5. Serve warm with bread and/or crackers.
{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Michelle

    Oh my gosh…this was delicious!!! I’ve tried so many of those packet recipes for a good dip, and there was also something off with them. I made your recipe, baked it, and a had a mouth orgasm.

  2. Chandra Italian Belly

    This recipe is so much easier than I thought it would be! The only thing is that I can’t find water chestnuts where I live. Any suggestions for a substitute?

  3. Shalae Marie Kowalczuk

    The video shows artichoke hearts, then never mentioned again…1 jar?

    1. Todd & Diane

      The video we think you are referring to is for a different recipe. That recipe is the stovetop artichoke-spinach dip which can be found here: . Thanks!

  4. Marifel

    Can’t wait to try this one! My version uses parmesan cheese, no onions, and is baked in the oven. It’s a guaranteed hit!

  5. Tess

    Hi! Fantastic recipe. I’m planning on making several batches of this for my sister’s birthday next week. 🙂

    I have two questions, though:
    1) What are the water chestnuts for? I assume they add a bit of crunchiness and texture, but are they absolutely necessary? I mean, I love them, but was wondering if I can omit them in case I don’t find them.

    2) The recipe calls for “1/4 mayonnaise”. I assume this means 1/4 cup?


    1. White on Rice Couple

      Hi Tess. You are correct about the chestnuts, they are mostly there for texture but it can always be omitted if you need to. If you still want the crunch, you could use chopped jicama if you’d like. They would give a similar texture and will be easier to find this time of year.

      And you are correct about the mayo. It is 1/4 cup. I don’t know how that one missed out editing. Thanks for pointing it out.

      T & D

  6. Mandy

    Just need to ask one quick question…..How much spinach would I need to use if it were fresh instead of frozen….same 10 oz?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Mandy- I’m not sure how much fresh spinach you would need. I’ll have to make it and test it for a fresh spinach version.

  7. Janis

    I was looking for a recipe for a dip I had at a restaurant recently, Baked Spinach and Jalapeno Dip. I am going to use your recipe and add the jalapenos with the onion and garlic. I think it will be close!

  8. Nad

    Awesome recipe, this Was a great hit at my house! Tasted just as good, if not better then oven baked dip. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you!!!

  9. gowns

    This is a wonderful recipe. I totally agree with the saute pan method and maybe a vidalia onion. I love anything warm and cheesy especially where artisan bresd comes in. The possibilites abound. anyway thanks for a great job. I can see the passion in it.

  10. Yoko

    this was great! perfect for a cold rainy day. i’m going to make stuffed mushrooms with the leftovers 🙂

  11. Shawn

    Kim – I too had the same recipe and was looking tonight and also found I had lost my printed copy…here’s one I found on the net…looks very similar to the original I remember:

    Spinach Artichoke Dip*
    Serves 6

    * 1½ packages frozen, chopped spinach
    * 3 tablespoons olive oil
    * 1 14 oz jar artichoke hearts, chopped
    * 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
    * 1½ teaspoons salt
    * 1 teaspoon white pepper
    * ½ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
    * ½ cup whipping cream
    * 1 heaping cup grated Baby Swiss cheese
    * 1 heaping cup Monterey Jack cheese
    * Tortilla chips

    Thaw spinach in refrigerator or in microwave. Cook in microwave on high for 5 minutes. Drain, pressing out excess water. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic and artichoke hearts. Add salt, pepper and Tabasco Sauce, stir well. Reduce heat to low and add spinach. Add cream and all but 1/4 cup of each cheese. Stir until mixed and heated through. Pour into serving dish; put the rest of the cheese over the top. Place in hot oven or microwave until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

    *Adapted from recipe attributed to Mason Jar Restaurant in Houston, Texas.

  12. Kim

    I had a similar recipe from a Houston restaurant called the Mason Jar, but it called for shredded Swiss cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese. It also had light cream, but no cream cheese. I cannot find my recipe, which I cut from the Houston
    Chronicle a long time ago. Can anyone help me out?

  13. Katie

    I took this to a Halloween party this weekend and everyone loved it! It will definitely be my go-to dip from now on.

  14. Spinach Artichoke Dip

    The pictures on your site are beautiful and delicious looking. Thank you for sharing

  15. The Food Hunter

    I love spinach dip and yours looks really good. Wish I would’ve seen this recipe before the superbowl.

  16. Aimee

    OK, I recently had warm spinach dip for the first time and was an instant convert. Now I can make it myself…Thank you thank you!

    Any tips on making ahead and reheating??

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Aimee- You can definitely make this ahead of time and re-heat it in the oven or microwave! Either way, the dip still tastes wonderful .

  17. shayne

    its not right to read such a post while stuck in a hotel in Toluca Mexico without a stove and my cast iron pan in shipment somewhere between Michigan and here…I so love spinach dip

  18. Madam Chow

    Oh, this looks so good – and I’m with you on the eating disorder that involves cheesy goodness and crusty bread!

  19. Laura

    This looks friggin amazing. Your story about your brother messing with your recipe cracked me up.

  20. Melissa

    Oh that’s no secret about the edges. *DROOL*

    That’s cool he gave you a quicker way. I admit I could inhale the whole thing myself also, mostly because it has spinach in it and I can never get enough of that!

  21. Kevin

    THat spinach dip looks good! I will have to try adding water chestnuts next time.

  22. matt wright

    OK, I am making this tomorrow, seriously. I have almost all the ingredients anyhow. Why not!!!!! Looks fab guys. wow, that sounded 80s.

    Happy Sunday!

  23. The Duo Dishes

    Water chestnuts! Love that crunch. It’s so different.

  24. Marc @ NoRecipes

    That looks amazing, and as luck would have it I have all those ingredients sitting in my cupboard. I also just got the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book and the bread is mindblowingly good (I just ate a whole boule by myself, which unintentionally became my dinner).

    I wasn’t planning on doing much for the superbowl, but now I might have to invite people over. Then again I guess I could just eat all the bread and dip myself:-)

  25. Julie

    Ooohhhh, yes, yes, yes! And I like to tell myself that eating a dip like this is actually good for me because of all that healthy spinach. Is is, isn’t it?

  26. grace

    water chestnuts, eh? great addition to a classic binge food.

    did i just admit that? 🙂

  27. Kalyn

    Oh yes, I would eat this until every drop was gone myself! Great photos!

  28. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    DIP! I love spinach dip! Making it on the stovetop is genius!

    Hey guys, check your email please and find out what a dumbass I am.


  29. Victoria

    I don’t think THIS is going to help me lose 10 post-holiday pounds!

  30. Chez Us

    OKAY … I am sure our superbowl invite is lost in the mail! And I am certain this dip should be shoveled into my MOUTH right now! WOW, I LUV spinach dip- and more than I, my step mom loves it even more and I am passing this along to her – she will shout you out & hug you BIG for this one!!!

  31. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Like you, I love all things hot and cheesy. hats off to your brother, who’s got a winning recipe here!

  32. Manggy

    Hmm… It appears Bro is also quite a cooking genius! Hee hee. Have a great weekend Todd and Diane! Go (insert your team here)! I have no idea how I’ll assimilate on Sunday, ha ha 🙂

  33. Hélène

    I’m crazy about those cheese dips also. So now you tell me that I can make this in 10 min. I know what I’ll be making this week-end.

  34. Heather

    i love spinach dip. it is so unapologetically bad for you and deliciously indulgent at the same time. yours looks lovely.

  35. Rebecca (Foodie With Family)

    Diane- I’ve taken up parenting five little boys as my post cheese dip eating gluttony guilt buster. I’ll fight you for some of this 😉

  36. Rita

    Well, I think I share your eating disorder too……. nice dip

  37. Jenni

    Mmmmm. Methinks some goat cheese needs to find its happy little way into that dip as well….Would it be to egregious to just spread that on bread and make a big, fat sammich?!

  38. Eat. Travel. Eat!

    Wow, this looks so delicious! I love these types of dips, so thick, cheesy, and yummy. Never knew stovetop dips took so little time; I would have expected like a 20 minute cooking time.

  39. Passionate Eater

    Sigh, I want to come over to your house for your spinach dip (and not the Super Bowl, just the dip). And making it on the stovetop? Very innovative and much easier than baking!

  40. maryann

    I love this too too much 😉

  41. paoix

    sweetness!! superbowl food (check)

  42. Hana

    Diane and Todd,
    This SuperBowl spinach dip is incredibly mouthwatering!!
    I have the biggest weakness for any type of cheesy dips too, but I am not a good cook and I don’t have much patience to make time-consuming foods, so I resort to restaurants and grocery-stores :(! However, your brother’s idea to make the dip on a frying pan in 10 minutes is genius!! I am going to have to try this out for my SuperBowl Party.

    Anyway, thanks for yet another great post. Please come check out some of our easy-to-make SuperBowl dip recipes at, I think you’ll really enjoy them 🙂


  43. Phoo-d

    Oh yum! I think I’m going to need Mr. B to keep me from calling this dinner and skipping everything else! It does have vegetables in it… =)

  44. Andrea

    Fantastic! Spinach dip is one of my favs.

  45. Mellisa

    Okay, now sprinkle on more cheese and broil until crusty. The corners fo the casserole are always the crusty best.

  46. Marvin

    We were actually planning on making your awesome sweet onion dip for the superbowl, but maybe we’ll give this new one a try instead.

  47. toontz

    Oh, yum. Kudos to your brother for figuring out the quicker method, because, sometimes you just need it. (Like when you promised to bring an appetizer and forgot about it until you started to walk out the door. lol) Yes, it has happened to me. This dip would be the perfect answer!

  48. maggie

    Oooh, this looks delicious.

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