Sauteed Kale

Sauteed Kale - Perfect side dish for any meal. So full of flavor you will be converted to the kale side, I promise!

Sauteed kale is super healthy, quick-cooking and full of flavor.  

I know some people turn their nose up to kale, that’s ok.  Some of us like it and will continue to cook/eat it.  We make kale chips all the time.  

So one day my daughter asked to try it sauteed, I obliged.  She has always been an adventurous eater and loves to try new things.  So don’t be shocked that my 13-year-old kid likes and requests such a healthy vegetable.

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Sauteed Kale

fresh cleaned kale in white bowl

Clean and remove the stalks from the kale. Give it a rough chop.

Sauteed Kale - garlic sauteed in olive oil

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and garlic and cook until soft, but not colored.

If you like spicy try adding in a few red pepper flakes.

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Sauteed Kale in a large skillet

Add the coarsely chopped kale and vegetable stock.  

Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to cook stirring occasionally until the liquid has evaporated.

Season with salt and pepper to taste if needed.

Sauteed Kale on a white plate

That’s it!  So easy, right?  This stuff is so good, I love kale.  It’s a really pretty green color too!  Even if you’re not a kale fan you have to try this side dish at least once.

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Sauteed Kale Recipe

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4.89 from 9 votes

Sauteed Kale

Sauteed Kale – Perfect side dish for any meal. So full of flavor you will be converted to the kale side, I promise!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-Free, kale, quick, sauteed, vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 145kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 1 1/2 pounds kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, cracked
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter and 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 the liquid has evaporated. Season with ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 844mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17143IU | Vitamin C: 205mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Reply

    Going to have to try this, looks so darn good. Thanks. Stopping by from the #mommymondaybloghop

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Karen!

  2. Reply

    I love vegetables cooked that way. But it haven’t tried it with Kale!

    1. Reply

      Helene, it’s awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Reply

    I just bought a bunch of kale today, and this is similar to how I cook it. I’m visiting from Tickly My Tastebuds.5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Linda!

  4. Reply

    Looks yummy! I can’t wait to try it. I am looking for healthier recipes.
    Thanks for sharing it.5 stars

  5. Reply

    I absolutely love kale! I make it very often, and do it exactly like this. I add a little chopped onion with the garlic as well.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Karyl!

  6. Reply

    i never was a huge fan of kale but this looks delicious! I’m so glad I was able to find your blog through the link up! can’t wait to read more!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Cait!

  7. Reply

    This looks good and very easy! I think even I could make this!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe on Grandma Ideas today.

    I pinned you here:

    Hope you have a blessed day~

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Melanie!

  8. Reply

    That green is just calling to me. Pinning this and stopping by from Your Inspired Design.

    1. Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn!

  9. Reply

    This sounds great!! We always make the Kale Chips and love those, so this is worth a try! Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty5 stars

  10. Reply

    I am a huge kale-lover so I had to hop by from From the Farm Blog Hop to see you healthy and delicious Sauteed Kale recipe. I love the inclusion of veg broth and garlic. Your bright green kale photo really makes my mouth water.5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you Deborah!

  11. Reply

    Sticking this on my meal plan for sure. I love kale!!!5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Christia!

  12. Reply

    Mmmm – love kale and it is so easy to cook. My boys like it with a dash of lemon juice #BrilliantBlogPosts

  13. Reply

    This looks so good. I love kale but aren’t very creative with my ideas. I seem to always do kale chips.

    1. Reply

      I did too Beverly. I wouldn’t have tried sauteing it if my daughter hadn’t requested it. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Reply

    This looks SO GOOD!! I love kale!! I like to add a little lemon juice to my kale. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!

    1. Reply

      I will have to try the lemon, sounds delish!

  15. Reply

    We grow Kale in our garden and this will be a great recipe for us to try. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen5 stars

  16. Reply

    Love this! I kept hearing Kale was amazing but trying to eat it raw was not working, now it’s a regular staple #PoCoLo

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Charlene!

  17. Reply

    I’m definitely not shocked about your daughter liking kale. My son used to beg me to buy Brussels Sprouts, he loved them so much. My husband and I were not fans originally but he taught us to like them! Your Sauteed Kale looks delicious. I struggle a bit with kale and am always trying new recipes to help me like it. This looks like one I will definitely enjoy! Thank you for bringing it to the Hearth and Soul Hop.5 stars

    1. Reply

      April, my daughter loves brussel sprouts too! My husband, on the other hand, refuses to touch them.

  18. Reply

    I’m not a big fan of kale, it’s quite bitter for me, but I bet my other half would love this.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  19. Reply

    I never thought of sauteing Kale before…but it looks good. Reminds me of fresh spinach!

  20. Reply

    I love kale! Just had it for dinner tonight in fact. I’ll have to try sautéing it the way you suggest above. Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Nicole!

  21. Reply

    Wow! This looks delicious! I’m just wondering where the butter gets added. It’s listed in the ingredients but doesn’t show up in directions.5 stars

    1. Reply

      Hi Anna! I have corrected the recipe. You add the butter when you add the garlic.

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