Quick Kale

Quick Kale

A friend mentioned wanting to get more greens into their diet, so I thought I’d post a really fast, easy, and tasty way to cook up kale. Takes less than five minutes to make from start to finish. I’ve eaten this as breakfast or lunch, but it would also make a good side dish at dinner.

Quick Kale

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 1 serving


  • 1 bundle kale
  • 1 tsp chili oil or sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine (I like Fukien or Shaoxing) or water


  • Use a skillet on a stove top set to medium heat.
  • Rinse kale leaves. Still wet, rip the leaves into bite sized pieces, removing the thickest part of the stem (which can be too chewy). Toss into the still heating pan. Don't shake off the water, as it helps steam the kale. Kale cooks down quite a bit, so for one serving I fill the bottom of a 10" iron skillet. This gives you one small bowl, like in the photo above.
  • Next pour about 1 tsp of flavored oil onto the bottom of the now hot pan. My favorites are chili oil or sesame oil. A mix of both works nicely as well. Try different flavored oils for variety. Swish the kale around the skillet to coat.
  • Add a tablespoon of cooking wine or water. I usually use a Chinese Fukien rice wine because I like how it mildly enhances the flavor. At this stage the liquid will further steam the kale, keep it from burning, and add a nice emerald color. Let it cook for a few minutes until it's wilted and tender.
  • Toss in a handful of walnuts and stir.
  • Scoop into a bowl and enjoy.


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