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Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe

My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe ~ spinach, bread crumbs, Parmesan, butter and seasonings, cooked and then baked in a casserole. Brown, crispy topping over creamy spinach, perfect with beef or lamb for the holidays.

Spinach Rockefeller casserole overhead shot with spoon.

My grandmother, Gandy, was not the best cook but just like my mom, she made a few dishes that became favorites, especially at the holidays.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe is one of those dishes ~ and a favorite side of mine.

Browned topping over creamy spinach in casserole dish.

Not sure what the origins of this side dish are, Oysters Rockefeller, maybe?  The spinach topping in casserole form, without the oysters?  Maybe.  I know Gallatoire’s in New Orleans has a version of this, much more involved than my grandmother’s recipe.  And I’ve seen versions that include tomatoes.  Hmmm ~  not my grandmother’s.  This dish morphed from somewhere though.

Ingredients photo.

My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller has spinach, white bread ~ both pieces and crumbs ~ butter and seasonings.  It’s topped with a bread crumb/Parmesan cheese mixture that, when baked, becomes a browned, crispy topping over creamy spinach (but no cream at all in the recipe).

Melted butter, bread, cheese and spinach ingredients.

Growing up, we had this side usually at Easter or another holiday if the main course was beef or lamb.  My dad and brother were not green vegetable eaters, so my mom made this knowing that she and I would eat most of it.  And that was totally fine with me.  I loved this spinach dish and would get nervous if a guest took a big helping, leaving less for my mom and me.

Casserole closeup with serving spoonful.

Spinach Rockefeller is a great side with beef, lamb or ham.  I’ve served it at dinner parties and people love it ~ something a bit different than creamed spinach.  My Grandmother’s Spinach Rockefeller Recipe ~ I think you’ll like this one.  Enjoy the holidays, and maybe this spinach side on your table.  If you recognize the recipe and can shed any light on where it came from, please, do let me know ~ Happy Holidays, Kelly

Spinach Rockefeller, overhead photo of baked casserole and spoonful of spinach.

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Spinach Rockefeller

My Grandmother's Spinach Rockefeller Recipe ~ spinach, bread crumbs, Parmesan, butter and seasonings, cooked and then baked in a casserole. Brown, crispy topping over creamy spinach, perfect with beef or lamb for the holidays.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 2 boxes frozen chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • tsps Worcestershire sauce ~ or as my grandmother and mom say, Lea & Perrins
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ cup coarse, fresh bread crumbs ~ I made mine with white bread in the food processor
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 400º
  • In medium sauce pan, cook frozen spinach in ¼ cup water, lid on, and stir frequently to break up as it cooks, 10 - 15 minutes.  Do NOT drain water. 
  • Add the bread pieces, butter, celery salt, Worcestershire and garlic salt, stir to combine and butter melts, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, make the topping.  In small bowl, combine melted 2 tablespoons butter, bread crumbs and Parmesan with a fork until crumbly.
  • Lightly butter small round casserole.  Place spinach mixture in casserole and smooth top.  Sprinkle top of spinach evenly with bread crumb/Parmesan topping mixture.  Bake in center of oven for 15 minutes, until browned and bubbly. 


Serves 4 to 6 as a side dish
Keyword: spinach rockefeller recipe, spinach rockefeller casserole, best spinach rockefeller recipe
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 4th of June 2020

I’m going to be the “nightmare” commenter because I made tons of changes to the recipe. But I absolutely loved the idea of using butter and bread to make it “creamy”. I didn’t follow specific amounts because I had fresh spinach so it most likely was less than frozen so I followed just generic recipe steps and not specific quantities. I was quite confused about adding bread to spinach but it totally works! I loved it! Thank you!

PS. Somehow I am unable to add star rating as it’s not taking them but i was going to rate it at 5 stars. Feel free to edit it if you can to include stars.


Sunday 7th of June 2020

I'm glad you liked it, thanks so much for the nice words 😊


Monday 9th of March 2020

Looking forward to making this.


Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Yay! It's a tasty way to make a spinach casserole.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Have you ever tried making this with fresh spinach?


Friday 19th of April 2019

Thinking about adding bacon and subbing with creamed spinach. Looks really good as is but like putting a twist on stuff!


Thursday 12th of January 2017

The Rockefeller's never had it this good!