Braised Kale with Sesame Seeds

kale Braised Kale with Sesame Seeds

Kale is a relatively new favorite at our house.  I discovered kale after food blogging and have been using it more and more in my cooking.  I started with Pesto Penne with Kale, Mushrooms, and Bacon and have moved on to braver uses of kale.  My husband loves that pasta recipe, but was reluctant to try this recipe until I told him that kale is a superfood!  Eating more greens should be a priority for everyone.   


1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped

1 bunch of kale

squeeze of lemon juice

1/2 cup vegetable stock or broth

1 Tablespoon of gluten-free Tamari Sauce (not sure how much for reg. soy sauce)

2 Tablespoons sesame seeds


In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until almost translucent.  Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more.  Stir in the kale and the vegetable broth.  Cover and cook until the kale is tender – about 10 minutes.  Squeeze with lemon juice.  Stir in the sesame seeds. 

Serve about 4.

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13 Responses to “Braised Kale with Sesame Seeds”

  1. I like the picture! not too wilted, and sometimes pictures of greens don’t look appetizing. This one definitely does!

    I might make this tonight… what did you make with it?

  2. Natalie,

    Wow, you and Melissa are on a kale roll! We adore kale (well, I do… Jon eats it :) ) I’ll be sure to tempt him with your recipe here, it looks great! Isn’t kale fantastic? Sigh, I’m jealous since we don’t have any right now (yet). I used to eat a nice small raw kale leaf spread thin with almond butter and sprinkled with cinnamon (and sometimes a drizzle of agave) for dessert back when I could handle nuts. Tell me if that sounds good to you. Peanut butter works well too, I just don’t eat peanuts at all :)
    I hope you’re doing well!

  3. Wow, that looks yummy! I am going to have to pick up some kale when we hit the Whole Foods tomorrow. I always knew it was healthy, but was never sure what to do to it. Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. Caroline- I made it with flank steak. I will post the marinade I used in the next day or two.

    Cindalou- I do think that sounds good. I never would have thought of doing that! :) xoxo

    Betsy- Hope you like the recipe! :)

  5. Love it in soup too. Love this recipe.

  6. Hi Natalie,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and love it – I tried your kale recipe last night, and both my husband and I enjoyed it SO MUCH – thank you for giving us a way to try a new vegetable!! It was so delicious and easy to make. Keep on doing what you’re doing – as a newly gluten-free person, it is so inspiring and helpful for me to read your blog. :)


  7. I have to admit, I’m hesitant when it comes to kale but I agree with Caroline, this looks pretty tasty! Maybe I’ll grab some kale on my next produce run.

  8. Shannon- It is fun to try a new vegetable! When my husband saw the kale in the fridge, he asked what had happened to the lettuce. lol Thanks for commenting!

    Dare- It is a good way to eat your greens! Most of the time I sneak it into soup and pasta dishes, but I went bold this time. xoxoxo Thanks for commenting! :)

  9. Kale is so wonderful. I love it and so do my kids, except my youngest, picky, picky, picky. I just stir fry it with olive oil, sea salt and garlic. Your recipe looks great.:-)

  10. [...] I typically serve flank steak with brown rice and stir fried cabbage. I also love flank steak with braised kale and quinoa pilaf. No matter what you pair it with, flank steak is a cheap way to satisfy a craving [...]

  11. Thank you for posting this recipe. It’s delicious!!!!
    First time making kale as a side dish. I’ve only had it in soups.
    It had wonderful flavor and I liked that it had some texture to it after being cooked.
    I’ve always avoided greens other than spinach thinking they were too earthy but my eyes have been opened! This was so yummy. Will make often with dinner. Tasty and healthy-doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks again! :)

  12. Looks like it’s been a while since you’ve had a comment made about this recipe! I made it last night and it was a hit! My whole family loved the taste and I will definitely be making this again. I actually used your recipe for the flank steak, but used chicken instead and basted it with Yumm sauce. Turned out pretty good, but I will try it with the flank steak next time. I love your website and I know I can always find something here when I run out of ideas. :)

  13. What a simple, delicious recipe!

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