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4.93 from 13 votes

Sesame Kale

Sesame Kale is a quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Asian inspired meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Total Cost: $1.96 recipe / $0.49 serving
Servings: 4
Author: Beth M


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.