Sauteed Kale

This is probably one of those you have to trust me recipes. 

If you don't, well...I don't actually blame you.

But I promise this easy recipe will be worth it! Sauteing kale until it's a little crunchy (which makes it a little salty) and throwing in a few flecks of sriracha creates a side or snack made for the gods. Healthy gods, but gods-worthy nonetheless. It's salty, crunchy, and guilt-free (not that that's ever stopped us from enjoying something right).


Serves: One (multiply for more, obv)

Total Time: 10 minutes (or more, depending on how slow of a veggie washer you are. Veggie washer. What a weird phrase.)


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, for sauteeing
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (let's be real I only use about 4 - I'm weak!)
  • 2 cups kale
  • Sriracha or hot sauce, to taste


Very little olive oil - we want the heat of the pan not oily kale!

Very little olive oil - we want the heat of the pan not oily kale!

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry kale, breaking into small pieces as you dry and discarding stems.
  2. Heat up olive oil in small pan on medium heat. with pepper flakes.
  3. Add kale, tossing around bowl occasionally, ensuring each piece has its time at the bottom of the pan. Kale is ready when it has a few seemingly burnt sides (They won't taste burnt! Just crispy and delicious! Trust! It's important!).
  4. Once kale is a bit browned, add it to a bowl with a few flecks of spicy sauce of choice and enjoy!

I first had this at Galentine's Day last year and totally forgot about it until there were some farmshare goodies my coworker offered up! I was wondering why I liked it so much with the sriracha until I remembered the best food in Hawai'i:

Poke bowls! 

This looks pretty bogus, sure, but it is honestly the BEST. Every time I went here for work I grabbed at least one from Da Poke Shack. It's fresh fish (usually tuna or salmon) in whatever marinade or sauce you choose with rice and sides! Here I went for the spicy option with seaweed and brown rice. Add a bit of sriracha and goddamn.

Now I'm looking through my poke bowl pictures. There are more than I think I should admit.

Anywho! I think the next kale-adventure will be kale chips. Any words of wisdom before I begin?