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.
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.
Here's are the ingredients you'll need:
- Frozen spinach
- Butter (sub with vegan butter to make this recipe vegan)
- Coconut milk
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
Substitutions & Alternatives
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dairy-Free Creamed Spinach Recipe
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- Slowly pour in the coconut milk and stir. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and nutritional yeast, then mix well.
- Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 3 minutes until it has slightly thickened.
- 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