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Low-Carb Creamed Spinach

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Creamed spinach is the perfect low-carb side to go with pork chops, roast chicken or fish. This recipe is one of my favourite sides. I even included it as part of a complete meal in my upcoming Beginner's KetoDiet Cookbook that will be out in April 2018 and is available to preorder!

Spinach is not just low in carbs — it's one of the most nutrient-dense keto foods you can have. It's a great source of vital nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and vitamin A. Also, spinach contains compounds that induce satiety and suppress hunger so you will feel full for longer. Both taste wise and diet wise, this side is a win-win.

Can I Use Frozen Spinach?

Yes, you can swap fresh spinach with the same amount of frozen spinach! Simply let the spinach thaw and make sure to drain any excess water. Skip the blanching and follow the recipe from step 3.

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Serving size about 100 g/ 3.5 oz

Allergy information for Low-Carb Creamed Spinach

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 100 g/ 3.5 oz)

Net carbs3.7 grams
Protein10.9 grams
Fat20.5 grams
Calories248 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 18%, fat 76%
Total carbs8.2 gramsFiber4.4 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat13.2 gramsSodium377 mg(16% RDA)Magnesium163 mg(41% RDA)Potassium1,133 mg(57% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 3 servings)

  • 600 g fresh spinach (1.3 lb)
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan or other Italian hard cheese (30 g/ 1.1 oz)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the spinach for 30 to 60 seconds. Immediately plunge the spinach into a bowl filled with ice water. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach
  2. Drain well, pat dry, and set aside. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach
  3. Place the butter and mascarpone in a saucepan, and add the blanched spinach and combine. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach
  4. Add salt, pepper to taste and nutmeg. Gently heat until it begins to simmer. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach
  5. Then mix in the Parmesan. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach
  6. Serve topped with more grated Parmesan. Optionally, you can place under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, until crisp and lightly golden. Serve immediately or let it cool down and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Low-Carb Creamed Spinach

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 100 g/ 3.5 oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Spinach, fresh
2.9 g5.7 g0.8 g46 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g7.7 g68 kcal
Mascarpone cheese
0.5 g1.5 g9.4 g94 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Nutmeg, spices
0.1 g0 g0.1 g1 kcal
Parmesan cheese
0.3 g3.6 g2.6 g39 kcal
Total per serving, about 100 g/ 3.5 oz
3.7 g10.9 g20.5 g248 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (16)

Thanks for the inspiration. I made it with the cream cheese, Romano and a bit of feta. This is good stuff. Nice to cook the spinach for a change. I may throw some eggs in the remainder and pop into an almond flour shell for a quick quiche.

Sounds like the perfect filling for keto quiche - thanks for the tip! 😊

I have so enjoyed your recipes! Simple and darn nigh fool proof.
With gratitude,

Thank you so much!

I'm trying to give up meat. I have 2 of your books. Can i swap the meat for quorn, will the meal still be considered keto if I do so?

Hi Toni, you can follow a keto vegetarian diet - here's more information: Vegetarian Diet and Keto - Can These Two Work Together?
Based on the list of ingredients, I would personally avoid Quorn.

where is the bread recipe the email teased me with?

Hi Ken, could it be this one? 😊 Keto Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Burgers I did check the links in the last email and they all seemed fine.

I'm not that into spinach, but this recipe made me curious to try it! It's hard to say no to a good low-carb meal ;)

I love this. Next time I will put this in a Pyrex dish and broil the top.

I can't wait to try this recipe!  Just wondering--can cream cheese be used instead of mascarpone?

Absolutely! Full-fat cream cheese will work just fine 😊

I dislike prepared spinach (like it fresh in salad)...but trust your recipes so I'm willing to try it tonight (I know spinach is super healthy). Just small question: Can I cool it down and leave a portion for next day? Or similar to omelettes is better to eat it immediately?

Hi Ewelina, I do think that this recipe is one of the best options if you don't particularly like greens or spinach as the Parmesan & creamy mascarpone make a big difference taste wise. Yes, thank you - I did not mention storage so I'll add it. You can keep it in the fridge for 3 days. I hope you like it 😊

Ok, I tried it was ok. (Remember I dislike spinach cooked). However, I have a strong recommendation to everyone: sprinkle it with crumbled feta. Takes spinach to next level 😊
And one more aspect, I note everything when cooking in MyFitnessPal and maybe I used different brands (I do grocery in Aldi) but my serving came as 328kcal/5g carbs/28g fat/12g protein.It's without this feta I mentioned above.

Fabulous addition! My partner always says that feta goes with everything... he has a point 😊
When it comes to the nutrition facts, it could be just different brands but it could also be mfp. This and other apps use crowdsourcing to collect their data and they are quite unreliable. Here's more about our database and what we do to prevent inaccuracies: Barcode Scanning and Food Database in the KetoDiet App