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creamy spinach recipe south africa (with Video)

by | Jan 16, 2023 | Vegetarian Meals | 0 comments

Creamy spinach is a delicious and indulgent side dish that combines the earthy flavor of fresh spinach with the rich and velvety texture of a creamy sauce. It is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with the perfect seven colour dish.

how to make this creamy spinach recipe (south africa)

fresh spinach

This creamy spinach recipe is made first by preparing fresh spinach.

We do this by washing the spinach, ensuring that all the loose grains of soil that may have caught on are washed off.

After washing the spinach, chop it into smaller pieces.

Place the chopped spinach into a medium pot along with some water and salt. Allow it to steam for about 7 minutes or until the spinach has reduced in size.

In a separate pan on medium heat, heat the butter and garlic. Once the butter is heated, add your onions and fry them until they have browned. Frying your onions until they have browned helps with intensifying the flavour profile.
Add the mixed herb spice along with the flour and stir well. Add cream to the pan and stir continuously until the sauce thickens. OPTIONAL: cut the spinach into further bite-sized pieces. Add the spinach to your cream sauce and stir well. Once everything is combined add extra salt and pepper if necessary.
creamed spinach recipe South Africa

creamy spinach recipe south africa

This South African creamy spinach recipe is a delicious steakhouse-style side dish that fits perfectly as a creamy side dish to your main meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 6 servings


ingredients needed for steaming

  • 500 grams Fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

creamy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons mixed herb
  • 1 cup fresh cream


steaming spinach

  • Chop the washed spinach into smaller pieces then place it into a medium pot on medium-high heat with a cup of water and salt.
  • Steam for about 7 minutes or until the spinach has reduced in size.
  • Remove the spinach and chop it further into smaller bite-size pieces. Set aside.

creating the white sauce

  • In a medium pan on medium-high heat, place the butter and garlic into the pan and allow the butter to heat up along with the garlic.
  • Place the chopped onion into the heated butter and fry for 5 minutes or until the onions have slightly browned.
  • Add the mixed herb spice to your onions as well as the flour. Stir well.
  • Place a cup of fresh cream into your pan and stir continuously until the sauce thickens.
  • Once the sauce thickens, add your chopped spinach into the sauce and stir well.
  • If necessary, add more salt and pepper for taste and enjoy!
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How do you thicken creamy spinach?

The flour used in the white sauce of this creamy spinach recipe is the thickener. Another thickener is fresh cream which is a naturally thick liquid.

What flavors go well with spinach?

Garlic and butter, hence why it is included in the recipe. Garlic and butter add to the flavour profile of spinach.

Mixed herb is another flavour that goes well with spinach.

Should you eat spinach stems?

Spinach stems are edible and full of nutrients, however, when making creamed spinach it is better to cut the stems off. This is because stems tend to have a very strong taste that could potentially put you off. 


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