Simply Sautéed Kale

Added to Recipes on Fri 02/04/2011


Serves 4-6

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 bunches kale, rinsed, stems removed and torn in medium-sized pieces

1/2 cup water, or more as needed

Sea salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Zest of one lemon

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg



Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper and sauté until garlic is fragrant but not browned. Be careful not to burn garlic, as it will give the greens an acrid taste. 


Add kale, water, salt and pepper to the pan. You will probably have to add the kale in batches, stirring to wilt one batch before adding more. Cook until just wilted but still bright green. Stir in lemon zest and freshly grated nutmeg.     


Original recipe, Lisa Dixon Arose, BS, MBA, Certified Personal Chef

Dietetic Intern, Bastyr University & Medical Unit Intern at The Dr. Oz Show