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This Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip is a perennial favorite! It’s a perfect party appetizer or game day treat. I recently served it to my book club and it was decimated! Seriously, it’s crazy delicious!!!

A few years ago it seems like there weren’t many options when it came to spinach dip. Fast forward a few decades and there are many versions of this appetizer including my Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe.

Spinach and ARtichoke Dip in a casserole dish

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

It was way back in the early ’80s when I had my first taste of a hot artichoke dip. Our hostess wouldn’t reveal the ingredients but had us sample her creation and try to guess the mystery recipe, which was artichokes! This version still contains the key components of that original dip: artichokes, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise. But this one has a few secret ingredients that push the flavor over the top! It’s no ordinary spinach dip.

A spoonful of Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip on an appetizer plate with crackers

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

I took this spinach and artichoke dip to a holiday gathering, and the biggest fan was Mr. Skinny Chick. He hovered over the dish and wouldn’t let me toss any dregs that remained in the dish. He was thrilled to have his own little appetizer for the next few nights before dinner. Sometimes he’s SO easy to please. Then I made it for my book club this December. My group of friends (and serious taste testers) recognized this was no ordinary spinach artichoke dip. Read on to hear my additons!

How to Make Spinach Dip

My version of spinach dip is amped up with red pepper flakes, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and some shredded Mozzarella for a little gooey cheese action. Plus, cream cheese is added to the usual mayonnaise to add another creamy dimension.

The recipes from the 80s didn’t use marinated artichoke hearts, but the additional seasonings add more depth to the flavors. Make sure to drain them well to avoid a greasy dip.

As with many spinach dip recipes, a box of frozen chopped spinach is used. It must be defrosted, then squeezed very dry. I used to use a potato ricer, but the head dishwasher complained about cleaning it. Now I’ll press it into a colander, then finish squeezing out any excess liquid with my clean hands.

The cream cheese must be at room temperature since it is beaten until light and fluffy. Then the mayonnaise is mixed in followed by all the rest of the ingredients. 

PRO-Tip: The Worcestershire sauce adds umami, so don’t skip this flavor-enhancing ingredient. It’s one of the twists on the usual spinach artichoke dip that makes this one stand out.

Be sure to taste your dip before baking and add more salt to taste if needed. It will depend on your palate and the sodium in your artichoke hearts and other ingredients.

This spinach and artichoke dip is perfect fare for any gathering, especially when you’re parked in front of the TV watching your favorite team on Super Bowl Sunday!

Can You Freeze Spinach Artichoke Dip?

I haven’t tested it, but if kept in an airtight container, this dip should freeze well up to a month. You can also make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich by spreading a nice layer of dip between two slices of buttered bread and toasting on the stovetop. Add a slice of cheese to make it extra gooey!

What to Serve with Spinach Dip?

I prefer to serve this dip with sturdy crackers or toasts. You can easily slice up a baguette, brush each side lightly with olive oil, and toast. Chunks of bread and tortilla chips are other tasty alternatives. If you or your guests are watching their carbs, use hardy vegetables sliced in shapes conducive to scooping. Carrots, celery, and cucumbers would all work well.

How Long Can You Keep Spinach Artichoke Dip?

Like most foods, about 3-4 days is the maximum lifespan for leftovers. Make sure the dip has not been at room temperature longer than 2 hours to avoid potential foodborne illnesses. Cover with plastic wrap or foil before refrigerating.

 

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Ingredients for Spinach Artichoke Dip

We’ve all had that yummy spinach and artichoke dip that is made with just a handful of ingredients. It’s delicious, but adding a few extra ingredients make this spinach and artichoke dip recipe stand out from all the rest!

  • Cream cheese
  • Mayonnaise, use full fat. I prefer Hellmann’s
  • Frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • Marinated artichoke hearts, a large jar
  • Green onions
  • Grated Parmesan, the real stuff, not from a green can
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, add more or less to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce, a key ingredient
  • Salt

This dip recipe was first shared in January 2014. The text and photos were updated in 2020.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

A favorite appetizer for any gathering!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 large jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped and any tough leaves removed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top after baking
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt to taste (taste mixture, then add 1/4 teaspoon if salt is needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese till fluffy. Add mayonnaise and beat till smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till spinach is well incorporated. Pour dip into a greased pie plate or gratin dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or till top is golden and bubbly. Sprinkle on a handful or so more of mozzarella and place back in the oven until the cheese melts.
  4. Serve warm with crackers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

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56 comments on “Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

  1. I love appetizers and can make my dinner out of them. Sometimes I even order appetizers at a restaurant for dinner. There’s just something fun about having a variety of little bites. Most often spinach and artichoke dip is my first choice. Not very calorie friendly, but my favorite all the same. I’ll have to make it myself one of these days. Might as well start with your recipe. Sounds so simple. Pinning it now.

  2. I love their angled measuring cups!

  3. I adore this kind of appetizer, Liz. I think the gooey dips are my favorite. I’m sad though, because I really wanted the 49ers to go to the Super Bowl. They fell apart so badly last night. I guess I’ll be rooting for the Broncos now. I’m glad Bill likes this, that means Dudette might too. 🙂

  4. there isn’t anything much better than artichoke dip. doesn’t matter what variety as long as it has the artichokes! And I vote for tongs. One of my favorite kitchen tools! Do I say-GO BRONCOS!

  5. I could easily make a meal out of this dip, especially when served with pita chips!

  6. This sounds so good! Hot spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite dips! Love the creaminess!

  7. mmmmm so tasty! I love SA dip and yours looks AMAZINGGG!

  8. I love hot appetizers and spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorite. Looks delicious, Liz.

  9. I love appetisers so much often they are my favourite part of a meal and this one looks really good I love artichokes and this sounds divine 🙂

  10. Believe it or not I still haven’t tried this dip! Not even sure if I’ve ever had an artichoke… gotta get with it… Speaking of football, I’m riding the Broncos now:@) As for my favorite Oxo product, it would be the silicone tongs.

  11. Looks super yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

  12. Oh my goodness – a week of appetizer recipes!!! I will be taking notes for sure. Yours looks amazing!

  13. I love the OXO mixing bowls (in various sizes). Although they are lightweight and plastic, they have a rubberized bottom so they don’t move on countertops.

  14. I am not used to dips, but this one looks so tempting, creamy and flavorful.

  15. Spinach artichoke is always my favorite!

  16. This is a total classic!

  17. I love OXO! EVERYTHING! 🙂 And this is my favorite dip ever, it looks gorgeous!

  18. Well, the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl, which means we’ll be throwing a BIG party. And parties can’t happen without a dip like this! Looks delicious Liz!

  19. Great idea for a dip! Spinach works great with this recipe. Just curious if I can use fresh spinach. I am not really a fan of frozen spinach. By the way, your pictures are so perfect. I am always drooling over them. The pics have achieved their mission.

  20. I love so many of OXO products, but I really love their storage products. I have many of them and they are absolutely wonderful!

  21. This dip looks so delicious, I have never enjoyed artichoke but with spinach, everything works 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

  22. That is a dip I would not be able to get enough of! Delicious!!

  23. I loves this, but i never made this before, a lot of work…

  24. Fantastic recipe Liz! It looks delicious, and the artichoke is such an interesting vegetable to use, thank you!

  25. This is one of our favourites too, the artichoke really makes it special. It’s nice to read that Mr. SC liked it too. I hadn’t thought about triscuits in years and there they are in your photo, what a coincidence, I was assisting on a triscuit shoot yesterday!

  26. This dip looks awesome Liz! Love hot spinach and artichoke dip, it’s one of my favorites too 🙂

  27. Spinach and artichoke…Liz, you are the woman after my own heart. This looks wonderfully delicious!

  28. This sounds amazing and I just can’t get over your photos. I think dips are super hard to photograph but you have done it seemingly effortlessly! I am with Mr SC here – I would eat the whole thing myself!

  29. I love love this dip.. I usually get the one that is sold in Costco and I was just waiting for the right recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe

  30. My favorite OXO product is their vegetable peeler…Love the sturdy handle and love this scrumptious looking dip =)

  31. I’ve never tried this dip before, but OMG… looks incredible!

  32. I love hot dips in winter and so I’m not surprised you all enjoyed this. Spinach and artichokes are a great combination. I’ll pin this so I remember to make it when our weather cools down xx

  33. It’s amazing how a tart dish can make spinach dip look so elegant! I want to reach right through the screen and dig in!

  34. One of my all time favorites!

  35. Maybe this dip didn’t make it to Australia!! I haven’t seen anything like it before… I will have to give it a go as I love artichoke!

  36. this is my husbands all time favorite dip. I am always trying out new recipes for him and printing this one out now! looks great

  37. dont know where my comment went but I said i love this dip and its my husbands favorite! looks amazing

  38. I like Oxo’s garlic press. Very sturdy and comfortable handles. I can put several cloves of garlic in the hopper and squeeze without breaking it. Hooray!

  39. This dip is so awesome, someone brought a batch for New year’s Eve in fact..served in the bread. Love your update touches for flavor and goeyness!

  40. One of my favorite dips. I have to pace myself eating this or I could get into trouble. 🙂

  41. I love spinach artichoke dip with pita chips. 🙂 Or spread on a slice of garlic bread! Your dip looks beautiful! Thank you for making this for appetizer week!

  42. I made this yesterday and it is soooo good! It is on the greasy side though, is it the cheese or the mayo causing that? I had some leftovers for breakfast this morning, I think it tastes better today 👍👍

  43. I think this would be good with some jalapeño, like the dip seen in stores. Anyone tried it?

  44. My all-time favorite dip! I have a hard time not just making a meal of this stuff!

  45. I’d probably snarf this down for breakfast… With bagel chips of course:@)
    PS-Go Pack Go! I have extra incentive to route for them this weekend now!

  46. What a lovely recipe – I can’t say that I have had a spinach and artichoke dip before but your recipe with all the wonderful additions sounds absolutely delicious and, yes, sturdy crackers are always nice with dip – would love to try this one!
    Hope you and your family had a happy & helathy start to the new year!!!

  47. Yum, I love this type of dip. Love the spinach and the artichoke together. Sounds good with crackers.

  48. Love dips like this! SO tasty. Great for the big game. Or dinner tonight. 🙂 Thanks!

  49. Oh my gosh, I’m loving your dips. A warm dip with artichokes that included cheese it at the top of my list. Delicious! 🙂 ~Valentina

  50. I’ve printed this. It’s once of my favorite dips but my husband (gah!!!) thinks he doesn’t like artichokes so I’ve never made it at home. I am really intrigued by the fact that you use marinated artichoke hearts. Very interesting.

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