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!
An easy, creamy and delicious spinach side is NEVER far you guys. We promise. Maybe you’re planning a fancy steak dinner for Valentine’s Day, or making a hearty side for a family dinner. You know, the type of meal where you are just waiting for picky eaters to push food around on their plate, (especially if it’s vegetables) and sure enough… this time? THEY DON’T. ????
We get it. The scenario where maybe you’re trying to feed the kids and they just can’t seem to even look at a vegetable. While we don’t have children ourselves, Bri grew up with younger siblings, and as any one who has spent time around kids knows, veggies can be a challenge. Not with this side. Picky eaters can’t get enough.
Chamere himself is also a comfort food enthusiast and can be a bit particular about his cravings, if I can put it that way. ???? He isn’t picky per se, but if you ask him what he wants to eat, he’s a creature of habit and definitely I love surprising him with new creations that make him crave spinach, cuz this is one of them!
Like most of the recipes you will find on our site, this easy keto creamed spinach is cheesy, creamy, and has just a hint of spice. We’re kinda confident that you’ll love it, and we’ve offered lots of suggestions about substitutions and tips and tricks, so keep reading below. Otherwise, you can always scroll down to the recipe card!
Here’s What You Need For This Easy Low Carb Creamed Spinach:
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Frozen spinach
- Cream cheese
- Shredded parmesan or asiago cheese
- Heavy whipping cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
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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More Recipes To Try:
- Low Carb Creamy Chicken Bacon Spinach Mushroom Pasta
- Easy Low Carb Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Creamy Kale and Parmesan Loaded Cauliflower
Let’s Make This Easy Low Carb and Keto Friendly Creamed Spinach!
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!
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Until Next Time,
Briana & Chamere
Low Carb Creamed Spinach
- 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
- 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 then melt your butter in the cast iron. 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, then enjoy!
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.