Photo: Levi Brown
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup kale)

Braised Kale is a healthy and tasty choice for a green side. This recipe for Braised Kale also serves as an ingredient to three other recipes-- Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta, Whole-Wheat Pasta with Kale and Roast Chicken, Braised Kale Frittata.

How to Make It

Step 1

Strip the kale leaves from the tough stems. Discard the stems; coarsely chop the leaves. Rinse well in a colander, leaving the water on the leaves.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it's golden and aromatic (3-4 minutes). Transfer the garlic to a dish and reserve.

Step 3

Reheat the oil over medium heat, then add the kale and the broth. Cover and simmer until the kale is tender (3-4 minutes). Season with the salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter and top with the garlic and Parmesan, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Happily surprised

April 21, 2017
Honestly, I thought this was going to be boring, but it was so good!  Love how the toasted garlic flavor shines through.  I had 8 oz kale and used about 1/3 cup broth, but probably 1/4 cup would've worked better.  I'd like to try this with a little crushed red pepper sauteed along with the garlic.

ThomasMcGuigan's Review

February 16, 2014
Easy and outstanding!

lperejma's Review

May 31, 2014

jellyjar's Review

June 24, 2013

Mandypope's Review

January 22, 2014
Wonderful! We didn't saute the garlic as long because it was starting to get to brown and we also added sauteed mushrooms to it. This is one of my favorite new greens to saute.

Willwork4food's Review

September 30, 2013
Great! I put walnuts and low sugar cranberries on top instead of cheese. Delish!

ggirl83's Review

February 24, 2013
This is the first time I have ever had kale - thought i would try it for this recipe. The sautéed garlic was mellow and not too heavy. Very, very good.