Kale for Kids (And Grownups Too!)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

This is a great technique for cooking any slightly bitter green vegetable (broccoli, broccoli rabe, spinach, brussels sprouts, etc)--my kids (age 6 & 8) can't get enough!! The secret is the mirin, which makes it sweet and juicy. And: it's very easy...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the kale, cut the leaves from the center stem/rib, and chop roughly (the center stem is tough so you want to get the leaf off).
  2. Put the kale in a large (12") frying pan, add the olive oil, mirin, and salt (the measurements are rough because I usually just pour long splashes of each on top of the kale) and turn up the heat to medium/ medium high.
  3. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender (usually takes about 10-12 minutes, depending on the heat). Taste, and add salt if needed (if kale is very bitter occasionally I'll add a little brown sugar).
Most Helpful

5 5

I couldn't find "mirin" so I used 1 1/2 Tbs. of cooking sherry and 1 1/2 tsp. sugar. Superb!! I've used kale in several Tuscan soups but this was the first time I've prepared it on it's own. First but not the last. Thanks.

5 5

What a great way to cook kale! I used sherry instead of mirin and added the tablespoon of brown sugar- tasted perfect. I'll try it with the mirin next time.

4 5

we are new to kale so had to add the extra sugar