The best keto creamed spinach recipe! Find out how to make this epic low carb side with fresh or frozen spinach, cream cheese, butter, and garlic topped with a layer of Parmesan cheese & pork rinds! Gluten-free, low carb, keto side dish recipe perfect for holidays or weeknight dinner!
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I think I first fell in love with creamed spinach when I discovered the side dish at one of the Mississippi Delta’s most historic restaurants, Lusco’s. That was before I started doing keto & before I learned that all creamed spinach recipes are not equal!
See, most old-school creamed spinach recipes call for milk & flour to create the rich & creamy cheese sauce that sets off the spinach. If you’re on a low carb diet, you know milk & flour are no-gos.
You won’t miss those extra carbs in this keto creamed spinach recipe! We are sticking with low carb, simple ingredients: spinach (fresh or frozen), cream cheese, butter, garlic, a little salt & pepper plus a fabulous, crunchy Parmesan & pork rind topping!
Making Keto Creamed Spinach
This easy creamed spinach comes together quickly, but you can do a couple of meal preppy things ahead to make it go faster!
Frozen or Fresh Spinach?
Feel free to use fresh or frozen spinach– whatever you have on hand or comes in cheaper at the store will work. Don’t hesitate to use frozen spinach: frozen veggies are selected at their peak ripeness & flash frozen to maintain nutrients.
If you want to speed up prep time make sure you de-thaw the spinach before you begin. If you missed that step, you can dethaw in the microwave & put the spinach in a colander to drain. Pat with paper towels to dry; otherwise, you’ll have a watered down version of creamed spinach!
It’s also a good idea to start with room temperature (softened) butter & cream cheese, but it’s not a deal breaker if you have to use it straight out of the fridge!
Low Carb Breadcrumbs
Pork rinds are my favorite zero-carb substitute for breadcrumbs! Pork rinds add texture, flavor, & crunch to this & many other keto casseroles & sides.
You may want to crush the pork rinds ahead of time, but that couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is place the pork rinds in a sealed ziplock baggie & crush. Takes about 2 minute tops!
Keto Side Dishes
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The best keto creamed spinach recipe! Find out how to make this epic low carb side with fresh or frozen spinach, cream cheese, butter, and garlic topped with a layer of Parmesan cheese & pork rinds! Gluten-free, low carb, keto side perfect for holidays or weeknight dinner!
2 12 Ounce bags of frozen spinach or 2 pounds fresh spinach
4 Tablespoons Butter
3 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
6 Ounces Cream Cheese
4 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Crushed Pork Rinds
1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions
1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- Start by de-thawing frozen spinach or rinsing fresh
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic & green onions.
- Simmer for 2 minutes then add spinach, cream cheese, & salt & pepper.
- Add in red pepper here if you want a little spice
- Stir & simmer for around 5 minutes
- Transfer to a baking dish.
- Top with Parmesan cheese & pork rinds
- Bake for 10-15 minutes
- Category: Keto
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