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posted: 12/11/17

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These Spinach Balls are the perfect appetizer! They are delicious, easy to make, and an appetizer recipe that everyone will want the recipe for.

On a white plate and lined up are the Spinach Balls which is a golden brown color.

So this Spinach Balls recipe has kind of a funny story behind it. This is a recipe that came from my good friend’s mom. Like a second mom to me growing up, living just a few houses down. Anyway, this was a recipe that I’ve had at baby showers, and bridal showers, one of those recipe that you are like, “Oh, I’ll try this,” and then 80 spinach balls later you decide you are in love.

The other day I was thinking about this recipe and asked my friend if her mom was okay with me posting it on my blog. She told me she would ask and then a few minutes later I got this message about how her mom originally struggled to get the recipe from a friend.

It was hard for her to get the recipe but she believes “recipes are for sharing!” so she’s happy to give it out. To anyone and everyone.

I kind of believe that recipes are for sharing too.

The Most Forgiving Spinach Balls Ever

Here’s the funny part.

The first time I made this recipe after getting it from her, I left out the butter! I took them out of the oven and they looked dry and that’s when it hit me – THE BUTTER! I sent my friend a text telling her what had happened and she responded,

That’s so funny! Mom just did the same thing on Thanksgiving!

She went on to say that one of the great things about this recipe is that you can totally forget ingredients and they still work – they’ve forgotten the cheese and the bread crumbs before ????

Sure, not quite as good, but still delicious.

Guys, I ate like five butter-free spinach balls.

Between someone's index and thumb, the Spinach Ball has a small bite mark out of it.

How to Make Spinach Balls

  1. Preheat the oven. Recipes always work better when they go into a fully hot oven.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients. This recipe is so simple and easy to make. You really do just toss everything together.
  3. Roll into balls. I like using a cookie scoop to make this recipe. It makes all the balls the same size so they bake evenly.
  4. Bake and enjoy!

Tips to Make this Recipe Turn Out Perfect

There are a few tips that help make this recipe turn out perfect.

  • Make sure that when you thaw your frozen spinach you squeeze out all of the water.
  • Be sure to dice your onions very small. The first time I made this, I didn’t dice them small enough and it makes it difficult to roll them, plus, big chunks of onions.
  • Using a cookie scoop helps make the balls more quickly and more uniform.
  • The original recipe called for stuffing mix (not the cubed kind), but I found that hard to find, so I used bread crumbs instead. Feel free to sub the stuffing mix back in if you find it!
  • This recipe makes 24 spinach balls. The original was double that. So definitely make double if you are only having one other appetizer. Your guests will be so happy you did.

If you make this these delicious Spinach Balls (or any of my other recipes), please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

On a white plate and lined up are the Spinach Balls which is a golden brown color.
This Spinach Ball appetizer has been passed down from friend to friend! And now you get to make them too!
4.97 from 92 votes

Spinach Balls

Serves: 24 balls
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
These Spinach Balls are the perfect appetizer!  They are delicious, easy to make, and more healthy than your average appetizer.


  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 10 ounces package frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained well
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs see note
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced very small


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, make 1 inch balls.  Place them on the baking sheet.  And bake for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown.


The original recipe called for stuffing mix crumbs (not cubes). Since those were difficult to find, I substituted bread crumbs. Feel free to substitute back in the stuffing mix if you are able to find it.
Serving: 1ball Calories: 90kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 5g (8%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 34mg (11%) Sodium: 232mg (10%) Potassium: 98mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
This Spinach Ball appetizer has been passed down from friend to friend! And now you get to make them too!

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  1. Dalia says

    Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, but you will want to follow a recipe like this one to wilt it.

  2. Lori Bryant says

    I had these at a party and loved them. Question for you.
    Can I use fresh spinach in place of frozen?

  3. Judy says

    Can you make these ahead and reheat?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! These actually reheat really well.

  4. brenda says

    I am so impatient to try this recipe. Basically right up my snack alley.
    Question. That seems like a lot of butter to me. I would like to use some butter but is there something else I could sub for mayber 1/2 of the recipe amount. I am making some Tzatziki to have on the side to start with.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry, I’ve only ever made this recipe as written.

  5. Judy says

    Can I freeze them and reheat them?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! These free really well!

  6. Brenda says

    Can I bake these spinach balls in my airfryer?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t made these in the air fryer yet, but I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t work.

  7. Amanda says

    This may seem like a dumb question, but are these ok at room temperature? I am traveling about 3hrs for Thanksgiving and headed right to lunch. I wanted to be able to take something that was ready to eat. I will plan to make them the night before and throw them in the car with me in the morning. ???

    • Lisa Longley says

      I love these at room temperature. You could undercook them just by a few minutes and then warm them in the oven.

  8. Peg says

    5 stars
    My sister and I made these for years but kind of forgot about them. LI ran across my recipe and then looked them up on line and found yours. Even folks who don’t like spinach love these. My recipe calls for a tsp of poultry seasoning and I’ve seen another with Italian seasoning. Stove Top stuffing is generally easy to find – I’ve always used the Savory Herbs. This has more texture than breadcrumbs, but you can’t go wrong either way!

  9. Nancy says

    Can these be made with fresh spinach?

  10. Jill says

    Can’t wait to make this recipe ! Will be a great appetizer at my MIL’s for our Christmas. Thanks for posting.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy them!

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