Kale for Kids (And Grownups Too!)

READY IN: 18mins
Recipe by Doc W

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...

Top Review by Ms. Mother Earth

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.

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).

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