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Steamed Kale


Delicious and healthy steamed kale needs no more than a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Serves: 2
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
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  • Success Rating: 90% (?)
    0% - I fed it to the dog


Step 1: Steaming the Kale

Steaming the Kale
  • 1 bunch kale, cleaned


Set up a steamer. Fill with one inch of water and place over medium-high heat. Refer to the lessons on Steaming for more information, if necessary.

To prepare the kale, remove the leaves from the stem. Tear into bite size pieces. Wash thoroughly in cold water and spin dry.

Place the kale into the steamer basket. Place the basket over the simmering water. Cover with a lid and let steam until tender and cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to toss the kale half way through to ensure even cooking.

Step 2: Assembling the Dish

Assembling the Dish
  • squeeze of lemon or citrus of your choice
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of sea salt, to taste


Once the kale is done to your liking, use tongs to remove it from the steamer basket. Shake the excess water off of the kale before transferring it to a large bowl. Squeeze the lemon or your choice of citrus over the kale and toss well.

Lastly, taste the kale for seasoning and serve immediately.


  • Kalyn S
    Kalyn S
    Are you supposed to use 1 bunch of kale?
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    It seems as though we missed that in the ingredients, but yes, we typically do a full bunch of kale. That being said, you can really steam any amount that you like. Hope that helps. Cheers!
  • Patricia  B
    Patricia B
    Patty Bluemel Like the idea of lemon and sprinkling it on afterwards. This is a great course so far.
  • Caroline n matt  C
    Caroline n matt C
    What are the different types of kale and their differences?!
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Caroline and Matt. Great question. There are many types of kale and the variations can be really significant or very subtle. My favorite approach is every time I see a new variety, I buy it and cook with it to get to know it. That goes for all vegetables! I found this little article specifically on varieties of kale that you might find useful! Lauren
  • Anita M
    Anita M
    My first time eating kale. Didn't love. Followed exact instructions. Seemed done perfectly.
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Anita, Thank you for trying kale out for the first time here. It is an acquired taste but you will start to love it, I bet : ) Try this braised kale recipe. Lauren
  • Sunnie S
    Sunnie S
    I'm not a huge cooked greens fan (although I love them raw - in salads), but this was quite good. Amazing how easy this was to make and how the lemon, salt & pepper are really all it needs to be delicious! I steamed the kale for about 4 1/2 minutes (because I like all my cooked veggies on the al dente side), but, in hindsight, it probably could have gone another minute or so. Another great side dish to add to my rotation! Thank you Rouxbe!
  • Julian S
    Julian S
    Oh Kale is delicious, filling and nutritious. I usually just massage it with lemon, salt, pepper and olive oil and eat it pretty much raw. I will give it a try with the steaming as I'm in the steaming part of the course! I only know one type of kale though...
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Julian: Thanks for writing--hail to kale. Curly kale is always good, some chefs like to use Dino, as it can be a tad sweeter. You are correct about the massaging of the kale. Let us know your thoughts about steaming it. But, I am with you, massaged, raw kale is the best, and my preferred manner to eat kale. Cheers, Char

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