Spicy Garlic Sesame Sauteed Kale

Spicy Garlic Sesame Sauteed Kale

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This delicious side dish is so easy to make and ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. This spicy garlic sesame sautéed kale is so full of flavor and is the perfect accompaniment to fish and chicken mains. Low carb and keto friendly.

Spicy Garlic Sesame Sauteed Kale

You guys are going to love this delicious vegetable side dish! It’s wonderfully fresh and cooked with garlic, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes for a really zingy dish. If you haven’t cooked much with kale, this is a great introduction!

This kale side dish is vegan, low carb and keto friendly, as well as being paleo. Each serving is around 60 calories and it’s low in fat with no added sugar. If you are gluten-free, simply use a GF soy sauce or alternative like tamari.

If you this recipe, be sure to check out my Easy Kale With Bacon recipe.

Close up of the cooked kale sprinkled with sesame seeds

Spicy Garlic Sesame Sautéed Kale Ingredients

This simple side dish comes together with just a handful of ingredients, most of which you will already have in your cupboard!

Equipment You Will Need To Make Sautéed Kale

Sesame kale on a fork

How To Make Spicy Garlic Sesame Sauteed Kale

It takes just 10 minutes, from start to finish, to make this recipe. Give it a go, I just know you will love it!

Heat the olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until the garlic is fragrant. Add the kale and sesame seeds and mix until combined.

Cook, stirring every minute, for 5 minutes, or until kale is desired tenderness. Add sesame oil (if using) and soy sauce and stir to combine.

Sautéing the kale in a skillet with a spatula

What do you serve with sautéed kale?

This Asian inspired side dish is cooked with soy sauce and sesame seeds, and is great when paired with chicken or fish dishes. You can simply oven bake chicken breast or a salmon fillet, or try serving it with some of these yummy recipes:

Eating the sautéed kale with a fork

What’s the best kale to use?

I like to use baby kale for this recipe as it is more tender and has a milder flavor. It’s a great option if you haven’t had this leafy green before. You can use other types of kale in this recipe, but they may require a slightly longer cooking time as the leaves are tougher.

How do you prepare kale?

Give the Kale a wash under cold running water to remove any dirt and pat it dry with some paper towel or use a salad spinner. Cut the stems off of each leaf, as these can be tough to eat. Roughly chop the leaves before cooking so that they are easier to eat.

Can you sauté kale ahead of time?

Because this is such a quick and easy side dish, you can easily make it while your main dish is cooking. If you are planning it as part of a larger meal and want to get ahead of things, the cooked dish will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a day. Simply reheat it in a skillet to serve.

Sautéed sesame kale in a white bowl

Why is kale so good for you?

Kale is widely known as a super food. It is highly nutritious and it’s a great choice to include this in your diet. It is loaded with antioxidants and is a great source of vitamins A, K and C. It’s low in fat, calories and carbs and also contains minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Take Care Not To Overcook The Kale

Kale is very fast cooking, and be careful not to overcook it as it can become quite mushy and loose a lot of those nutrients. I find sautéing the best way to cook kale. The kale should be a wonderful bright green in color and be tender to serve.

A Flavorful Way To Enjoy Kale!

I just love the Asian inspired flavors in this dish! The garlic, soy sauce and sesame all work so well together and really turns this into a restaurant quality dish. Even the pickiest of eaters are sure to love this! If you are sensitive to spicy foods, simply omit the chili flakes.

Close up of the cooked kale on a fork

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Spicy Garlic Sesame Sauteed Kale

This sesame kale is amazing! Kale is sauteed with minced garlic, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds - so quick and easy, simple and delicious!
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic, kale, sesame, spicy
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 63kcal

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Cut off the tough stems of the kale and coarsely chop the leaves.
  • Heat olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until the garlic is fragrant. Add the kale and sesame seeds and mix until combined.
  • Cook, stirring every minute, for 5 minutes, or until kale is desired tenderness. Add sesame oil (if using) and soy sauce and stir to combine.

Notes

Have you ever made kale chips? You'll love them! Check out my crunchy kale chips recipe.
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Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3284IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg
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