LOOKING FOR AN EASY AND SCRUMPTIOUS KETO SIDE DISH?
Look no further. We’re talking about a rich and velvety low carb creamed spinach recipe that’s as close to perfection as a vegetable can get. Until recently, we preferred our spinach fresh. And don’t get me wrong, a fresh spinach salad is delicious, but now we’re hooked on this keto creamed spinach recipe. It’s low carb, creamy, decadent, and delicious.
It’s a classic holiday side dish that you make in only 20 minutes. It’s an easy keto creamed spinach recipe, but it is also one of the yummiest side dishes we’ve tried.
IS SPINACH CONSIDERED A SUPERFOOD?
Absolutely! Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition. Low in carbs and high in insoluble fiber, it’s one of the best sources of potassium and magnesium – minerals that function as electrolytes. They help the body regulate both fluid balance and nerve and muscle function, as well as balance blood pressure, blood sugar, and help rebuild damaged tissue.
It’s an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids),vitamins K, B2, B6, E, and C, as well as calcium, iron, fiber, and folate. And the best way to reach the RDI of these nutrients is in whole foods, like spinach. Whew. Popeye the Sailor Man was right.
Use any variety of fresh spinach – baby spinach leaves or regular spinach leaves.
KETO CREAMED SPINACH INGREDIENTS
Butter – Ingredient used as the oil for sautéing garlic.
Minced Garlic – With its strong taste and smell, it’s used as a fragrance and flavor enhancer.
Fresh Spinach – We use bagged because it’s washed and ready to eat! A big time saver.
Heavy Whipping Cream – Adds a creamy texture and richness to the recipe.
Sour Cream – Make sure you’re using the full-fat variety.
Onion Powder, Salt, and Black Pepper – Spices to enhance flavor.
Parmesan Cheese – Adds a nutty, bold flavor while thickening up the cream sauce.
Preparations: Use a large paring knife to chop fresh spinach into small pieces, including stems. Set aside.
Sauté: In a large unheated skillet, add butter and garlic, turn the heat to medium, and sauté for a minute or two until the garlic releases its aroma and turns a pale gold.
Add: fresh spinach and stir until the spinach first begins to wilt, about 3 minutes.
Stir In: cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, and spices, gently stirring until the cream cheese is melted. We didn’t have onion powder on hand, so instead, we used Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Whatever spice profile you prefer is fine.
Remove from heat: Fold in Parmesan cheese and serve.
You can add additional spinach if you prefer a little less cream, so you may want to experiment to get your own perfect ratio of cream to spinach.
WHAT PROTEIN SHOULD I SERVE WITH CREAMED SPINACH?
Keto Creamed Spinach pairs beautifully with beef (steaks, roasts,) chicken, pork, or fish (salmon, halibut). It makes a delicious topping or side dish for hamburgers.
CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE?
We double it every time we make it. The leftovers are fantastic!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
Keep leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in microwave or stovetop. We do not recommend storing in the freezer.
Keto Creamed Spinach
Hands down, the best creamed spinach I've ever tasted! Packed with nutrition and flavor, this rich, decadent keto/low carb side dish takes only 20 minutes to prepare.
- Heavy Skillet
- 4 tbsp butter
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 12 ounces spinach (fresh, chopped)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp sour cream (full-fat)
- ¼ tsp onion powder (or preferred spice)
- ½ tsp Kosher salt (or sea )
- ½ tsp pepper (freshly ground)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese (shredded )
Using large paring or chef's knife, chop fresh spinach into small pieces. Set aside.
In unheated large skillet, add butter and minced garlic. Turn on heat to medium, stirring constantly, until garlic releases its fragrance and turns pale gold (about 1-2 minutes).
Add spinach and sauté until wilted (about 3 minutes).
Add cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until cream cheese melts. Remove from heat.
Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.
Fresh spinach cooks down significantly, so I usually double this recipe. Leftovers are fabulous!
I added mushrooms, it was fabulous!
Yum, Trish! That’s an awesome addition. I’m trying that next time I make this creamed spinach. Thanks for the idea!