Aunt Lil's Spinach Balls

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This was my Great Aunt Lil's recipe, and I've been eating them at family dinners my entire life. All the children in my family eat spinach...and they all start with this recipe. They can also be made a little smaller and served with toothpicks for an appetizer. In my family, this is normally a vegetable side dish. It's a little messy, so make this in advance and reheat when ready to serve.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the spinach in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes on high or until thawed. Drain and squeeze out excess liquid (I put the spinach in a colander and then use a spoon to press out the liquid).
  2. If using the mushrooms or onions, saute them in bit of oil until translucent. Drain all liquid.
  3. In a large bowl, combine spinach, butter, salt, 1 egg, garlic and 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Mix well.
  4. Make balls from spinach mixture by taking a small amount of spinach and rolling in your hands. Make the balls 1 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter. Wet your hands under running cold water as you make the balls to keep the spinach from sticking to your hands (you'll need to rewet them a couple of times).
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1 beaten egg and 1/4 cup water. Beat well. In another small bowl, place approximately 1 cup bread crumbs.
  6. Roll each spinach ball in the bread crumbs, then the egg/water mixture, then in the bread crumbs again. Add more water to the egg if you start to run out before you finish them all.
  7. In a large skillet, fry the spinach balls in butter until all sides are lightly browned. Use 1-2 tablespoons of butter for each batch of balls, leaving enough room in the pan to move them around so they can be well browned.
  8. Place in a 9 x 11 baking dish or another similar dish with low sides. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Before serving, heat thawed spinach balls for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


Most Helpful

I really enjoyed these. They were quick and pretty easy to make, even though a little messy. I made just as posted, but next time I would spice them up a bit more with some fresh garlic and maybe some minced onion, or perhaps serve with various dipping sauces. Thanks for posting Karen!

lucid501 July 05, 2007

Please tell Aunt Lil that I said thank you! These spinachy morsels are very tasty! I made this recipe exactly as listed except that I probably didn't use as much butter. I love spinach so I was OK with not having too much seasoning. This is the kind of recipe that you can adjust to your own taste, which is nice. I didn't find them to be messy at all to make. I let the spinach drain for a couple of hours so maybe that helped? To look at the mix, it didn't seem like you could form anything, but it was super easy. I will make these again. Made for Went to the Market tag game. Thanks Karen! :)

Nif January 12, 2011

I followed Mirj's suggestions and added fresh garlic, ground pepper and paprika. I also substituted margarine for the butter as I had to make this a non-dairy dish and I used panko instead of bread crumbs. I only gave it 4 stars as I had to add more spices but this will go in my favorites file. This is a good way for the kids to eat their spinach. I also made this earlier in the day and put it in the oven 1/2 hour before dinner. Thank you Aunt Lil!

AttempttoChef August 15, 2007

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