Sautéed Swiss Chard With Garlic

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

A simple vegetable side dish enlivened with a chilli kick from Giancarlo Caldesi .


  1. 1. Take the Swiss chard and separate the white stalks from the green leaves using a sharp knife. Chop both parts roughly into bite-size pieces, keeping the leaves separate from the stalks. Cook the stalks in plenty of boiling salted water for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Drain.
  2. 2. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over a moderate heat. Add the chilli and garlic, and season with black pepper.
  3. 3. Stir in the leaves, cover the pan and let them wilt for 5 minutes. Stir and cook uncovered for a further 5 minutes to reduce the juices in the pan.
  4. 4. Add the stalks and a little more olive oil if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning and squeeze over a little lemon juice.
Most Helpful

Simple and delish. I used red chard and follwed directions to a tee, really liked the chili kick. I'm getting accustomed to chard and am loving all the great recipes here at ZWT.

BakinBaby July 01, 2011

This was another nice simple way to prepare chard. I had some fresh-picked Swiss chard and rainbow chard, so I used a combination. I did not have a fresh chili, so I used 2 dried chilies. The lemon juice really gave the flavors a nice finish. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. Made for ZWT7.

JackieOhNo! June 26, 2011