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

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.

Ms. Mother Earth January 10, 2011

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.

rpgaymer February 03, 2013

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

karen in tbay August 06, 2009