Sesame Kale

After a week of vacation I’m so ready to get back to business, back to a good routine, and back to healthy eating. I made some awesome “bowl meals” yesterday to eat for the rest of the week, but as I was building my bowls I realized that this Sesame Kale really needed a recipe post all of its own. It’s probably one of the easiest side dishes you’ll ever make and it’s absolutely scrumptious. Pair it with any Asian inspired dish to make sure your meal is well rounded and that you’re getting your greens. :)

I used lacinato (or dino) kale because I really like the texture and appearance. I find the flat leaves a little easier to work with than curly kale and once cooked the appearance kind of reminds me of glossy seaweed. If you can’t get lacinato kale or the curly kind is a bit cheaper, it really does work just as well as lacinato, so use whatever works for you.

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what I paired with the Sesame Kale for my bowl meal! :D

Sesame Kale

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

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Sesame Kale

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal.

Total Cost $1.96 recipe / $0.49 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch lacinato (dino) kale $1.49
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.02
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce $0.09
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil $0.11
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds $0.08

Instructions

  1. Remove the woody stems from the kale leaves either by slicing down each side with a sharp knife, or by pinching the leaf at the base and pulling out toward the tip. Stack the leaves and then slice crosswise into one inch wide strips. Wash the leaves well in a colander with cool running water.
  2. Mince the of garlic and add it to a large pot with one tablespoon of neutral cooking oil (or your favorite cooking oil). Sauté the garlic for about one minute over medium heat.
  3. Add the washed kale leaves to the pot. Stir and cook the kale until it is wilted and glossy (about 5 minutes). If you prefer a more tender leaf, cook longer.
  4. Add the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds to the pot. Stir to coat. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Serve warm.

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Lacinato Kale

Start with one bunch of kale. I like to use lacinato kale because I find it easier to work with. Remove the stems either with a knife, or by holding the base in one hand, pinching near the base with the other hand and sliding it down toward the tip. The pinched fingers will pull the leaves from the stem and then the stem will naturally break where it becomes tender. Once the stems are removed, stack the leaves and then slice them crosswise into one-inch wide strips.

Wash Kale

Wash the kale leaves well with cool water in a colander.

Sauté Garlic

Mince two cloves of garlic and sauté them for about one minute in a large pot over medium heat with one tablespoon of your favorite cooking oil.

Wilt Kale

Add the washed kale to the pot. Continue to stir and cook until the kale is wilted and glossy. I like my kale to still have a bit of body and chew to it, so I only cook for about 5 minutes. If you like it softer, cook longer.

Add Soy Sauce Sesame Oil and Sesame Seeds

Finally, add 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, and 1 Tsp sesame seeds to the pot. Stir to coat the kale. Taste and adjust any of the seasonings to your liking, then serve. You can also add some red pepper flakes if you like things spicy, or a touch of honey if you prefer to soften the bitter flavor of the greens.

Sesame Oil

This is the toasted sesame oil that I used. The bottle doesn’t specifically say “toasted” but you can tell that it is toasted  by the dark amber color. Regular sesame oil is a light straw color, like canola. Toasted sesame oil has a MUCH stronger nutty flavor. It’s more expensive, but because it’s so potent you only need a little to make a big difference, so one small bottle like this will last a long time. 

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com

And that’s it! I ate so much of this Sesame Kale while I was shooting the photos that I might just have to go back to the store and get more kale to make a second batch. :P 

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal. BudgetBytes.com