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saute pan with sauteed kale and a wooden mixing spoon

Quick & Easy Garlicky Sauteed Kale (Healthy Side Dish)

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: saute
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Make this sauteed kale with garlic for a quick, easy, and healthy side dish. Raw kale becomes tender and soft when sauteed on the stovetop with olive oil, garlic, and shallot. Ready to serve with dinner in 10 minutes or less!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 6 cups curly kale leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, halved


  1. In a 12-inch stainless steel saute pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and shallots, cooking for about 1 minute until fragrant, stirring regularly.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth into the pan and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the kale, Kosher salt, and red pepper flakes, stirring to mix the kale in with the garlic and shallots.
  5. Continue to cook the kale, stirring regularly, for 3-5 minutes, until it has wilted down significantly and is fork tender.
  6. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then serve warm.



Store leftover sauteed kale in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute, until warmed through.