My Favorite Sauteed Kale

"I LOVE kale and this is how I like to make it almost every time. I'm a hot pepper flake chick, but if that's too much for you, just leave it out! Great as a side dish, but I can eat this as my main meal, maybe just add some chickpeas or cannelini beans in at the end, amazing!"
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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add crushed red pepper flakes, if using, and let them sizzle a bit in the oil.
  • Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored.
  • Raise heat to high, add the stock and kale and toss to combine.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all (most) the liquid has evaporated. I like the kale to still remain bright-ish green.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and add vinegar.

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  1. EveryoneLovesaSprin
    Being inexperienced kale eaters, my husband and I expected this to taste like spruced-up spinach (which we detest). I am so glad we took a chance because we were so wrong! This dish is incredible! Super flavorful and packed full of antioxidants - we will be enjoying this again and again!
  2. Michael R.
    This works great - and everyones' suggested tweaks are helpful - but I find the key to great kale is how you cut it up: the rough texture is tamed by a nice chiffonade - roll it up and slice it tight and thin with your sharpest knife and you will never be sorry. Raw or cooked, it never fails to make kale more user friendly. Enjoy!
  3. SandwichQueen
    So yummy! Will definitely make again but will probably leave the vinegar on the side for anyone who wants it.
  4. Bonnie G #2
    I think when it comes to Kale you either love it or hate it, for me it's love when done right and this is the way to do it. The addition of the vinegar at the end set it off. I opted to use an Olive Oil Spray to help cut down on calories for my WW program and it still turned out nice. The chili flakes added an extra zing that we enjoyed
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  5. Jeani H.
    Love, Love, Love!!! I'm a hot pepper flake chick too and this was perfect ??! Will be seeing more of this in my kitchen! Thank you!


  1. nancynaz
    Was very tasty and lots of flavor. Did substitute lemon juice for balsamic as didn't have it on hand. Will try balsamic next time.
  2. Bill Butler
    I love this recipe. I used Southern Pepper Sauce in place of the Balsamic Vinegar and it went perfect. I think next time I will fry some Bacon and use some of the Bacon fat in place of the Olive Oil and add some of the Bacon Crumbles in with it like some people do with Greens. I know that is not the healthiest for you but I it would go well. Thanks again for a keeper.
  3. lobquin
    Loved it. Made this today for lunch, Followed the recipe exactly except subbed red wine vinegar for the balsamic, cause that's just my preference. Added chickpeas like the note suggested, Yum.
  4. Spongebob Chefpants
    Yummy and healthy!! I really love eating something like kale that is soooo good for you yet can taste this wonderful!!! I used chicken broth in place of veggie stock and I topped with a little grated aged asiago cheese as a tasty garnish. Great recipe for kale!!!


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