Sauteed Sesame Kale

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Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale. The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

I love stocking up on kale at the local farmers’ market. Sometimes I saute it with mushrooms, braise it with tomatoes, wilt it with bacon, add it to soup, or make a delicious salad, but today, I was craving something new.

Sauteed Sesame Kale Recipe

So I opened up one of my favorite cookbooks called Vegetables on the Side.  I found a sauteed kale recipe that inspired my own variation. I love this Asian spin on kale featuring both toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.  It’s the combination of both that makes this recipe special.

I keep a bag of sesame seeds in the freezer to have on hand for recipes like this one. It’s not an ingredient that I use often, so keeping them in the freezer keeps the oil in the seeds from going rancid and developing off flavors. I love using them for our easy broccoli with sesame seeds as well.

Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

How to Saute Kale (with sesame)

  1. Add stemmed and chopped kale to a large skillet with water; cover and cook on low heat until the the kale wilts and is tender, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Remove kale; drain excess water if needed.
  3. Heat olive oil and sesame oil over medium heat; stir in garlic and cook for 10 seconds.
  4. Add kale, and continue to cook in the oil for 3 to 4 minutes of until it is cooked through.
  5. Season well with salt and pepper, and sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over top.

For the full recipe and ingredient list for Sesame Kale, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

Notes About Sauteed Kale with Sesame:

  • Remove the stems from the kale by folding it along the spine, and ripping the leaves easily away. Discard the stems.
  • After wilting the kale in step one, drain well in a colander if the kale has excess moisture.
  • Onions would be a nice addition to this sauteed kale recipe.
  • While toasted sesame seeds are optional, I highly recommend that you don’t skip this ingredient. They add the most amazing flavor and texture to this sesame kale recipe. You can also find toasted sesame seeds in the store or online.
  • How to toast sesame seeds? Heat sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Watch closely and stir often until the seeds begin to get brown and fragrant. These will burn quickly, so do not walk away.
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Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

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Sauteed Sesame Kale

Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arbonne, arbonne 30 day challenge recipes, Arbonne recipes, clean eating, clean eating recipe, kale recipe, sauteed kale, sauteed sesame kale, sesame kale
Servings: 6 people
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil, toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Add the prepared kale into a large skillet with the water; cover and cook over medium/low heat until kale is wilted and tender, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove the kale from the pan. (Drain excess water if needed.)
    Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.
  • In the dried skillet, heat sesame oil and olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook for 10 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the wilted kale.
    Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.
  • Cook the kale, stirring constantly until cooked through, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Top with toasted sesame seeds.
    Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

Notes

  • Remove the stems from the kale by folding it along the spine, and ripping the leaves easily away.  Discard the stems.
  • After wilting the kale in step one, drain well in a colander if the kale has excess moisture. 
  • Onions would be a nice addition to this sauteed kale recipe.
  • While toasted sesame seeds are optional, I highly recommend that you don't skip.  They add the most amazing flavor and texture to this sesame kale recipe.
  • How to toast sesame seeds? Heat sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Watch closely and stir often until the seeds begin to get brown and fragrant. These will burn quickly, so do not walk away.
  • Try some more of our favorite kale recipes including Sauteed Baby Kale and Mushrooms and Instant Pot Braised Kale

Sauteed Sesame Kale is a great alternative to regular wilted kale.  The combination of sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds packs a powerful punch of flavor that will keep you begging for more.

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