Easy Spicy Kale & Mustard Greens

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a easy and simple way to prepare a nutritious side dish of greens.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare the kale and mustard greens by cutting middle stem out of each leaf. Rinse the leaves thoroughly.
  2. Cut the greens into strips that are about 1 inch by 3-4 inches.
  3. Add 4 tsp of water to a 2 quart pot. bring to boil on medium heat.
  4. Add the kale first, then the mustard greens pour 1/4 teaspoon into the greens and cover tightly with lid.
  5. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the greens are wilted and tender.
  6. When the greens are done cooking, they should be dark green. Keep the lid on the pot and set aside.
  7. In a small saucepan heat 1 tsp oil or butter until almost smoking at medium high heat.
  8. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. They will pop and sizzle. turn heat to medium.
  9. Add green chili pepper and crushed garlic and fry until lightly browned. Optional: add 1/8 teaspoon red chili pepper.
  10. Pour mixture over greens. Add remaining salt (1/2 tsp) to taste.
  11. Serve with a dash of lime juice (brings out the flavor of the greens).


Most Helpful

This is an easy and extremely tasty way to prepare greens. I love the mix of kale and mustards. I did not have a green chili so I substituted 2T of green salsa and I also went with the red pepper flakes that were optional. We are garlic freaks so I put in 3 cloves. Love the whole mustard and cumin seeds. Will make this one often.

Kitchen Playtime February 04, 2014

No need to add any water to the pot if you toss the greens in immediately after washing them. I used a mixture of several greens, including collard greens, radish greens, beet greens, and turnip greens. Delicious! I will be making this again when I have an abundance of greens.

Hannah_phi June 03, 2010

This was a good intro to mustard greens. I've always preferred turnip greens but my version of this turned out well. I didn't use kale at all, just mustard greens, onions, mustard seed and red pepper flakes. I melted butter in a skillet and sauteed the spices with chopped onions until the onions were transparent. I removed them from the skillet, added 2 tbs water (I only had a small bunch of greens), brought that to a boil and added the greens and a dash of salt. The greens were wilted and tender in under 5 minutes. I poured the sauteed onions back in, served with a quick pan steak and steamed cauliflower and life was very good. This is a quick and easy way to add greens to the menu.

RedFarmGirl September 16, 2007

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