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pan of sautéed kale

10-minute sautéed kale

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (as a side) 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


10-minute sautéed kale is the quickest, easiest side for any dish! All you need is kale, oil, garlic and salt and a few minutes for this one. Serve alongside your favorite meats, roasted vegetables or even use as a base for a salad or grain bowl!


  • 2 tablespoons oil (olive oil or anything neutral)
  • 1 lb kale, tough stems removed and leaves roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. When oil is hot, add 1/2lb kale to pan. Cover for 1-2 minutes to let greens start to wilt.
  3. Remove lid and use tongs to toss kale around, making sure it all gets coated with some oil.
  4. Let cook, tossing 1-2 more times, for another 3 minutes. The kale should be softened and bright green, but not totally wilted. 
  5. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1-2 grated or minced garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if using) and toss to combine. Let cook for another minute, or until kale is completely cooked through and you start to see some crispy leaves.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • This recipe is super forgiving and scalable depending on how much kale you have/need. You can tweak the oil, salt, etc. as needed while cooking
  • I add the garlic toward the end to make this dish extra garlicky, and to ensure the garlic doesn't burn. If you want to mellow that flavor out a bit, feel free to add the garlic when you uncover the kale after cooking the first few minutes
  • This kale goes with just about anything - specific ideas below if you're looking!