Sesame Garlic Kale Recipe

Kale is one of the healthiest greens you can eat.  It is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, manganese, and moderately high in calcium.   Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.  It is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. 

But finding tasty ways to prepare it can be challenging.  Karen Whitney, who works in my office, brought this tasty recipe to work one morning and I was hooked from the moment I tasted it.  Aside from my raw kale chip recipe, this is now my favorite way to cook kale.   Enjoy!!

Sesame Garlic Kale

  • 1 bunch organic kale
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. wheat-free Tamari

Wash and tear kale into medium sized pieces.  Steam until tender, about 20-25 minutes. 

In a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and sesame oil and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes.  Add the steamed kale and tamari to the garlic in the pan and stir until combined. 

Serve immediately.  Makes 2-3 servings. 

What is your favorite way to cook kale?


Becky Mauldin, N.D. is a Naturopath, teacher, speaker, and author.  She has authored two gluten-free cookbooks, Vibrant Health and Recipes for Life. Her story of recovery from an incurable illness has inspired many people around the world. She is known for making a healthy diet achievable for real people and real life.

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10 Responses to Sesame Garlic Kale Recipe

  1. Perfect recipe for all the wonderful kale I have growing in my garden! Love it!

  2. Angela says:

    Hearty recipe with Kale:
    Cannelini beans, italian sweet sausage, kale, olive oil, garlic.  Put it in one big pot and cook.  Easy peasy!  Different meats (or tofu even) can be substituted or even leave out the meat completely.  Great cold-month meal!

  3. Laurel says:

    How much is a bunch of kale?  I've got a garden full of it, yikes!

    • Becky Mauldin says:

      A bunch is the way it is sold in stores. Since you have your own garden (lucky you!), a bunch is probably about 7-9 stalks of kale leaves.

  4. Love…love…love kale!  It is one of the easiest greens to work with because it is so mild in flavor.  Great for a recipe like this one!  YUM!

  5. Sounds yummy!  I love your raw kale chips recipe, so I'm sure I'd love this!!  Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Becky…Thank you for sharing the recipe for 'Sesame Garlic Kale'…I wasn't aware that Kale is one of the healthiest greens! …Hughie :)

  7. Olga Hermans says:

    Very interesting recipe. I am originally from The Netherlands where Kale is one of the winterseason dishes, but I always thought it was quite boring. We make it with mashed potatoes and then mix it all up together, but your recipe opens up new tastebuds to me and I definitely am going to make this….thanks!!

  8. Jenny Shain says:

    Great kale info! DNA repair in cells-awesome. What's not to love? Thanks for passing on so many great tips & a simple way to enjoy kale…YUMMO!

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