A crustless spinach pie is a simple dish that's perfect for those just starting out on a low carb diet. It can be baked in a pie pan or square dish.
This past holiday week, I decided to enjoy some of the keto foods I typically stay away from during the year. Now that the New Year is here, it's time for me to get back on track with my normal low carb diet.
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Although I did have a few of my favorite cookies and some regular eggnog, I kept the portions within moderation. My main meals were still kept low in carbs, but it is nice to have a few treats after being good all year.
This low carb gluten free crustless spinach cheese pie is a recipe that I haven't made in a long time. It's a very simple dish that is great for those just starting out on a low carb diet. And, it's a perfect dish to make during low carb induction.
How To Make Crustless Spinach Pie
This recipe is pretty simple. If you have have already made my spinach mushroom quiche, then you know how to make this recipe. You probably already have all of these ingredients on hand, too.
To make the recipe, you'll just mix eggs, cheese, spinach, and seasonings together. It helps to wilt the spinach first, but you don't have to.
For the spices, I used the basic salt, pepper, and garlic. They are what I always reach for when I know I am making something simple.
There are lots of ways that you can change this recipe - including using different spices. All those questions and ideas are in the following FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Keto Spinach Pie
The entire recipe is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. First, I want to answer a few questions about this easy recipe.
Crustless Pie Or Quiche - Are They The Same?
I suppose you could call this recipe a crustless quiche. But, it's loaded with spinach and cheese so I chose to call it a crustless pie.
In fact, this could almost be called a frittata. A quiche is an unsweetened pie with savory fillings like spinach - and it always has eggs. Most quiches have some sort of crust.
A frittata is like a crustless quiche or an unfolded omelet. That's pretty much what I made here - except I used way more savory ingredients than eggs in this recipe.
If you are looking for more of a quiche recipe, I've got a few of those on the site. You may want to check out my bacon cheddar quiche or my asparagus quiche. And be sure to check out these tips for making quiche.
Can You Freeze Spinach Pie?
Yes, you can freeze this crustless spinach cheese pie if you want to make a large batch ahead of time. Freezing in single servings also makes it easy to just grab a piece to reheat in the microwave.
Here's how to freeze this crustless pie.
First, bake it and then let it cool off completely. Then, cover it tightly with a freezer-safe lid or with some aluminum foil.
If you want to freeze it in single-servings, wrap them up individually or flash freeze individual slices on a baking sheet before you place them in a freezer-safe bag.
I'll admit that I rarely have time for doing freezer meals. Usually, I do most of my cooking on the weekend and eat leftovers during the busy work week.
Can You Use Kale Instead Of Spinach?
Yes, kale is an excellent substitute for spinach. In fact, kale is known as a super-food. It's low in carbs and really high in antioxidants.
If possible, I suggest using a mixture of both kale and spinach. Kale has such a strong flavor. Spinach is milder and will balance out the bold taste of the kale.
What Other Spices Can I Add To It?
This answer is tough because the options are limitless. If you want your pie to have some heat, add cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
If you want it to have a smoky/BBQ flavor, you can add some Paprika and chili seasoning. Yum!
A traditional blend of Italian spices - oregano, parsley, and basil - would be perfect with the garlic and salt too.
Can I Add A Crust To The Spinach Pie?
If you don't mind the additional carbs, you could bake it in a savory pie crust for more of a quiche. However, I like to eat this as a very low carb crustless spinach cheese pie.
What Type Of Pan Do I Use To Bake It In?
Although I like to make it in a pie pan, it can be baked in a square dish or doubled to fit into a 9x13 pan. You may want to make this crustless spinach pie ahead for easy breakfasts or snacks during the week.
What Type Of Cheese Is Best For Spinach Pie?
You can use any type of cheese that you like. The main difference between cheese is how it melts and how much flavor it has. When it melts, it pretty much all acts the same way.
Pepper jack cheese will have a bit of spice - which would taste pretty great with this recipe.
I used a fiesta cheese blend. All the different types of cheese melted together and made this pie the ultimate comfort food.
Other Keto Egg Recipes
If you enjoy low-carb egg recipes and want some more ideas, I have plenty of them! Here are some more of my favorite keto egg recipes:
- Crustless Zucchini Quiche is perfect for brunch and packed with nutrient-dense zucchini.
- Keto Egg Noodles are ideal if you are craving pasta but want to stay within your macros.
- Keto Chicken Egg Foo Young is a Chinese omelet with only 3 grams net carbs per serving.
- Sausage Egg Casserole Without Bread will feed your entire family and keep you in ketosis.
- Ham and Cheese Strata is beautiful enough for a holiday brunch and filling enough for a low-carb lunch.
Crustless Spinach Cheese Pie
- 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed, squeezed and drained (or use wilted down fresh)
- 5 eggs beaten
- 2 ½ cups cheese any kind (I used a fiesta blend)
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
- Combine all ingredients and pour into prepared pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until edges start to brown.
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First Published: December 31, 2011... Last Updated: October 8, 2020 with enhanced photos and additional recipe information.