This is the easiest kale recipe and it tastes AMAZING! Sautéed in coconut oil, this sautéed kale is flavorful and a great side dish to any meal. You will fall in love with kale and realize it is a perfect side dish and nutrient-dense vegetable to add to your menu once you try this method of preparation!
Simple Sautéed Kale
If you are looking for a new leafy green to add to your list, this simple sauteed kale recipe definitely fits the bill. Kale chips might be a great snack, but sauteing your kale is a great option for filling up your dinner plate and adding some much-needed vitamins into your diet. Got 15 minutes? This is perfect!
Kale has become a popular vegetable because it is such an easy option to add to your routine. You can make it raw in a salad, cooked in this saute, or even dropped into your favorite vegetable soup.
What are the Benefits of Kale?
It’s no surprise that kale has made a big impact in the last few years. Kale is truly a superfood. Full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber, it’s one of the best vegetables you can eat. A single cup of raw kale has more than enough of your daily needed vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Not to mention added B vitamins, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. It is truly the most nutrient-packed vegetable in your grocery store.
Along with being loaded with Vitamin C, it is rich with antioxidants that fight cancer. It has been known to impact your body positively to lower cholesterol which helps prevent heart disease. When you think of the best vegetable, this is it! Using this sauteed kale recipe on a regular basis will help add tons of nutrients your body needs.
Tips for Making Kale more Palatable
One thing I hear most often about kale is that it is bitter. While it can be bitter, that is not the case for all recipes using kale. There are a few secrets to make sauteed kale more palatable.
The first hint, no matter if you are serving it raw or cooked, is to rinse well and gently massage the greens for a minute before preparing them. This helps break down the texture which makes it both softer and milder in flavor.
Another must is to add plenty of seasonings. For this recipe, I added garlic powder and salt as a simple flavor blend. Garlic really amps up the flavor profile while not being overwhelming. Other options are to saute with a bit of fresh garlic, sliced onions, or even to add a bit of oregano to the mix. I’ve been known to add red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne to my kale sautee as well to boost flavor.
More Recipes Using Kale
Kale is one of those veggies I always have in my refrigerator. I find myself adding it to tons of recipes – especially if it already calls for spinach. Two of my other favorite recipes are my best chicken soup and my favorite snack. I’ve linked those below so you can check them out and add them to your menu because they are such a great way to add kale to your daily routine without much effort.
You could even sub the kale for the spinach in this Italian Chicken Skillet recipe!
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Coconut oil
Simple Sautéed Kale Side Dish Recipe with coconut oil is a perfect recipe to add color and nutrients to any meal. Add kale to every meal with this recipe!
- 1 bunch kale (10–12 oz)
- 1/4–1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- Wash and shake kale leaves to dry. Remove stems and tear leaves in thirds or halves depending on the size of the leaf.
- Place slightly damp kale leaves in a bowl and add seasoning, tossing to combine.
- In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.
- Add kale leaves and cook approximately 10 minutes, stirring to thoroughly cook, until leaves are slightly wilted and darker in color.
- Serve immediately.
We typically cook our kale leaves to the extent they are soft, but still slightly crunchy.
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Skillet
- Cuisine: American