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{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

I’m going to let you in on a secret. I’m actually super lazy. If you know me in real life, this is probably not super surprising. But maybe you only know me from this site and I might look sort of put together here. I’m not. And so I love lazy recipes like this keto lazy creamed spinach.

I have nothing against traditional creamed spinach, but it involves cooking up mature spinach and then squeezing out the liquid and honestly I just really hate that. So for this recipe I use fresh baby spinach.

Not only is this recipe super easy, it’s a fantastic way to use up a bag of spinach that’s about to expire when you don’t want to eat the world’s largest salad.

Not that I ever forget to use bags of spinach in my fridge. I’m the most organized of meal planners. Lol. Sorry, I really tried to say that with a straight face.

Lazy Creamed Spinach

Let’s get this started!

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Start off by melting some butter in a cast iron skillet.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Add 12 oz of spinach. That’s two of the smaller bags. You can also cut this in half if you only have one bag of almost-wilted spinach in your fridge.

I rough chopped it, but I don’t always. When I’m at peak-laziness I throw it all in whole. It depends on how much you care. Obviously, the pieces of spinach are bigger if you don’t chop it so take that into consideration.

>>For more lazy meals, check out these sheet pan dinners!<<

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Cook this down until it’s wilted. At this point I grate a clove of garlic into the pan. You can use minced garlic as well, but in that case I’d add it either with the spinach or even before.

I buy pre-peeled garlic from Costco and keep it in my freezer, then I grate it with a microplane grater and it saves me a ton of time.

I continue to cook it for a couple minutes to evaporate some of the liquid before moving on.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Next, add the cream.

Ok, so I don’t add any cream cheese to mine– I prefer it a little saucier. But if you want to add 2-4 Tbsp of cream cheese, you can do it now. Just be aware that you’ll need to recalculate the nutrition if you do that.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Next, a whole lotta parmesan cheese. You really need to grate it fresh. If all you’ve ever had is the stuff from the green can that’s unrefrigerated until opened, you need to get some real stuff because the flavor is drastically different.

Also, pre-grated cheese has anti-caking agents that can affect the way the cheese melts into a sauce. So if you’re using cheese in a sauce, it’s always a better option to grate it yourself.

Stir in the cheese and let it melt into the sauce. Season with salt & pepper.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

You can 100% leave it as-is and just serve it up alongside your favorite keto meal.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

Or you can top it with some extra parmesan and broil it for a few minutes or until golden brown.

I used these adorable mini cast-iron skillets to portion mine out.

{Keto} Lazy Creamed Spinach -by amber's hands-

But the other way I love to eat this is to take a double-serving of spinach and top it with a fried egg and make a meal out of it.

It’s a really fantastic breakfast!

Any way you decide to serve this up, I think you’ll agree this is an incredibly easy, no fuss way to eat your greens!

Lazy Creamed Spinach

Lazy Creamed Spinach

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This keto creamed spinach is made the lazy way!


  • 2 Tbsp (30g) butter
  • 12 oz (340g) fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped if desired
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/4 (60mL) cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz (113g) freshly grated parmesan cheese (plus more for topping, optionally)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add spinach and garlic and cook until wilted. Allow to cook a few minutes to evaporate some of the liquid.
  3. Add heavy cream and stir through.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese until fully melted into the sauce.
  5. Serve as is, or optionally top with parmesan cheese and broil until golden brown.


You can add a couple tablespoons of cream cheese here as well, if desired. Stir in with the heavy cream.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238 Total Fat: 19.1g Saturated Fat: 11.9g Sodium: 671mg Carbohydrates: 4.6g Net Carbohydrates: 2.8g Fiber: 1.9g Sugar: 1g Protein: 13g
This low carb creamed spinach comes together with no fuss in 15 minutes! Perfect keto side dish at only 2.8g net carbs! #keto #lowcarb #glutenfree #grainfree #creamedspinach #spinach #sidedish #cheese
Keto Creamed Spinach-- lazy version! This comes together with no fuss in 15 minutes and is only 2.8g net carbs! #keto #lowcarb #glutenfree #grainfree #creamedspinach #spinach #sidedish #cheese

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