Dairy Free Creamed Spinach

Recipe by: Leeonney Bentick

If you’re looking for a dairy-free twist on a classic side dish, then give this Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach a try. 

This recipe is delightfully creamy and makes for an amazing, healthy side dish. It’s also a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or prefer more dairy-free, vegan dishes. 

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The Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a nutritious leafy green that has incredible health benefits. It's anti-inflammatory, helps reduce blood sugar and hypertension and is great for eyesight and bone health.

Popeye was right when he said that you should eat your spinach!

Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach Ingredients

Normally creamed spinach is enriched with heavy cream and cheese. This recipe mimics that mouthfeel with coconut milk and nutritional yeast.

dairy free creamed spinach ingredients

Here's are the ingredients you'll need:

  • Frozen spinach
  • Butter (sub with vegan butter to make this recipe vegan)
  • Garlic
  • Coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Nutritional yeast

How to Make The Best Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach

When it comes to making an exceptional dairy-free creamed spinach, the key is to simmer the non-dairy milk – coconut milk in this case – until it slightly thickens. 

This process builds the viscosity of the coconut milk and gives it a fuller and richer texture.

Don't forget to sauté garlic with butter in your pan before heating up your coconut milk!

adding sauteed garlic to dairy free creamed spinach
pouring coconut milk

Now you can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this recipe. If using frozen spinach, ensure that you thaw it and squeeze out any excess water.

squeezing frozen spinach

Do not skip this step or your creamed spinach will be more watered down and not as creamy as you’d like.

You can also use fresh spinach but you may end up having to buy more to get the same amount as frozen spinach.

First blanch or steam the fresh spinach, allow it to cool then squeeze out any excess water. 

One of the key ingredients in creamed spinach is nutmeg.

adding nutmeg to dairy free creamed spinach

Now this may sound strange but the nutmeg adds a piquant warmth to the dish and helps to balance out the bitterness of the spinach.

Don't forget your other flavor enhancers like salt and pepper!

adding salt and pepper to dairy free creamed spinach

Substitutions & Alternatives 

Frozen Spinach 

Frozen spinach is ideal for this recipe because not only is it cheaper but the yield is also more than fresh spinach.

Meaning that you might end up having to buy twice as much fresh spinach to get the same amount using frozen spinach. However, the choice is yours. 

stirring spinach in cream sauce

Nutritional Yeast 

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that most vegans use as a cheese substitute because of its cheese-like flavor.

Alternatively, you can use vegan parmesan cheese or even regular parmesan cheese for that cheesy element.

adding nutritional yeast to dairy free creamed spinach

Coconut Milk 

You can use any dairy-free milk of your choice, but this recipe calls for full-fat coconut milk to give it that velvety, rich texture.

stirring spices into dairy free creamed spinach

How To Store Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach

Although dairy-free creamed spinach is best enjoyed immediately, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will keep fresh for up to 5 days.

To reheat, simply microwave on high in a microwave-safe container. You can also reheat on the stovetop with a tablespoon of milk or water over medium heat. 

dairy free creamed spinach in pan

What To Serve With Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach

Dairy-free creamed spinach is the perfect accompaniment to any main dish.

Serve alongside grilled proteins or other roasted vegetables. 

You can also top it with crispy onions or breadcrumbs for some texture and enjoy it on its own. 

non-dairy creamed spinach
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dairy-free creamed spinach

Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach Recipe

  • Author: Leeonney Bentick
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This dairy-free creamed spinach recipe is a great way to add fresh greens to your diet without milk or cheese. It’s easy to make and makes a great side-dish for any meal!


Units Scale
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 lbs frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds – do not let it burn.
  2. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and stir. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and nutritional yeast, then mix well.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 3 minutes until it has slightly thickened.
  4. Add in the spinach and stir to coat with the coconut milk sauce and allow it to simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: One Serving
  • Calories: 360
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 487.6 mg
  • Fat: 33.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.6 g
  • Protein: 9.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.9 mg

Keywords: creamed spinach, dairy free

About the Author

Leeonney Bentick is a kombucha-loving, culinary entrepreneur who focuses on (w)holistic health and wellness through plant-based meals. When she's not in the kitchen creating wholesome meals for her clients, Leeonney enjoys binge watching reality TV shows and suspense movies. Keep up with her culinary adventures IG: @course.784 and www.course784.com

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