Low Carb Creamed Spinach

Briana

Briana

This Low Carb Creamed Spinach is an easy to make side dish that tastes like a steakhouse dinner, made healthy at home! Ready in 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. This creamy, decadent and cheesy spinach is gluten free and keto friendly. Pair this dish with a steak, chicken, seafood, or really any protein you can think of for added flavor!


scooping creamed spinach out of a bowl

Here’s What You Need For Easy Low Carb Creamed Spinach:​

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic (about 1 tsp of dried garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 10 oz spinach frozen spinach
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz shredded parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
low carb creamed spinach ingredients

Recipe Notes:

It might be a good idea to let your cream cheese soften at room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour before using it if you can.

Seasoning: The seasoning for this easy side is pretty minimal, because we have some strong saltiness coming in from the parmesan cheese. Use salt and black pepper to your taste, but we suggest doing so after you add the parmesan, to avoid oversalting it. Because the flavors are so minimal, we love the seasoning that we add to bring a lot to the table. We prefer fresh garlic whenever possible, but you can always sub about 1 tsp of dried garlic powder for every 2 cloves of garlic!

The red pepper flakes are something that we love adding, but they are optional. If you have been following for a while, you may have noticed that we like things on the slightly spicy side. Give it a try! If you are sensitive to spice, feel free to leave it out or just use less.

Fresh Vs. Frozen Spinach: For this recipe, we opted for frozen spinach because that’s what we had on hand. Fresh would be great too, of course, but you will need more of it. According to this article, you need about 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh spinach to substitute for 10 ounces frozen spinach.

Serve With: There’s no wrong way to eat this. Eat it plain, steak, chicken, fish or really any protein. You could even smother your morning eggs in this stuff for a real treat!

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Low Carb Creamed Spinach with a wooden spoon

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Let’s Make It! ​


Start by warming up your spinach (if it’s frozen) and then getting rid of the excess liquid that comes out by simply squeezing it thru a paper towel.

Heat your skillet over medium heat, and while your cast iron is warming up, mince your garlic. Melt your butter in the cast iron, then add in the garlic and red pepper flakes until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. 

Add your spinach to the pan. Season with just a small pinch of salt and pepper. 

Add your cream cheese in small chunks to the pan. Stir until soft and combined with the spinach. Now, add in the parmesan. 

Next, add in your heavy whipping cream, and let everything simmer on the stove, stirring regularly until thickened. Adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

Garnish with more shredded parmesan cheese if desired!

person spooning creamed spinach from a bowl

If you get a chance to try this recipe, let us know what you think, would ya?! Leave us a comment, or catch up with us on Facebook or Instagram, or pin to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

blue bowl of creamed spinach with white napkin

Looking for another easy and delicious keto side? Why not these no sugar added maple glazed carrots too?

no sugar added maple glazed carrots with sugar free maple syrup

Until Next Time,
Briana & Chamere

Low Carb Creamed Spinach
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

This Low Carb Creamed Spinach is an easy to make side dish that tastes like a steakhouse dinner, made healthy at home! Ready in 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. This creamy, decadent and cheesy spinach is gluten free and keto friendly. Pair this dish with a steak, chicken, seafood, or really any protein you can think of for added flavor!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner side, keto, low carb, side dish, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 10 oz frozen spinach
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Start by warming up your spinach (if it’s frozen) and then getting rid of the excess liquid that comes out by simply squeezing it thru a paper towel.

  2. Heat your skillet over medium heat and then melt your butter in the cast iron. Add in the garlic and red pepper flakes until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add your spinach to the pan. Season with just a small pinch of salt and pepper.

  4. Add your cream cheese in small chunks to the pan. Stir until soft and combined with the spinach. Now, add in the parmesan.

  5. Next, add in your heavy whipping cream, and let everything simmer on the stove, stirring regularly until thickened. Adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

  6. Garnish with more shredded parmesan cheese, then enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can use fresh or frozen spinach, but if using fresh, you will need 1 and 1/2 pounds.

Macros: This recipe makes 4 servings, 292 calories per serving, 27 grams of fat, 5 net carbs (2 grams fiber), 5 grams of protein. We create these macros as a courtesy using MyFitnessPal, but please note that yours may be different depending on the brands you use.

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