How To Cook Kale Green – Best Sauteed Kale Recipe

Kale is a fresh vegetable you can use daily and if you know how to cook Kale, you can prepare many different dishes and never feel bored. Let me help you with this sauteed Kale Recipe.

1. How To Cook Kale & FAQs

How to Choose Good Kale

  • The fresh deep green color kale leaves that are moist with no discoloration or yellowing are good ones. Yellow/brown patches indicate that it’s over-ripe or sun-burnt.
  • Irrespective of which variety of kale you purchase, check the curls. The curls should be firm/crisp instead of drooping.
  • Ensure there are no holes in the leaves as it’s a sign of being infected with insects. 
  • If you prefer eating fresh kale leaves opt for the bunch with small leaves as they are softer in texture and milder in taste. For cooking small/medium-sized leaves are good.
  • Avoid the big coarse-textured leaves if you cannot handle the bold flavor.

How To Prepare Kale?

Soak kale in a large bowl of water for 3 minutes until the sand and dirt are removed. Remove the kale from the bowl and remove the stalks. Next, use your hands to separate the kale leaves from the stems and tear into bite-size pieces.

How to cook kale

2. How To Cook Kale  – Sauteed Kale Recipe


  • A bunch of kale greens (approximately 0.75 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced finely)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Chili flakes (to taste) (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

       How Long To Cook Kale

       It takes 5-6 minutes to saute kale! Prepping the leaves, garlic, & lemon requires about 5 minutes.

       Instructions – How To Saute Kale

Step 1: Place a large-sized cast iron skillet on the stove over high heat.

Step 2: Once the skillet is really hot, turn down the heat to medium. Drizzle the oil and add the garlic. Cook for 15-20 seconds by stirring continuously.

Step 3: Add the chopped kale leaves gradually so that they fit in the skillet properly. Stir and cook for 30-60 seconds. Once the first batch wilts, add in the next batch of freshly chopped kale leaves. Continue till all the kale leaves are in the skillet. (*Do not overcrowd the skillet by adding all the kale leaves at one go) 

Step 4: Season with salt and cook till the leaves soften and some portions turn slightly brownish.

Step 5: Turn off the stove, drizzle the lemon juice, and sprinkle the chili flakes. Give it a toss and transfer to a serving bowl.

You know How To Cook Kale, right? Okay, please buy fresh vegetables and use them to make a great sauteed bowl at home.

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