This is the most incredible way to prepare kale. I love serving this on the side with whatever I happen to be eating for dinner, or just barely wilt the kale and eat it cold the next day for lunch. Fresh ginger and garlic along with toasted sesame oil give this ordinary vegetable an amazing flavor that anyone would enjoy.
If you’ve never tried kale before, I suggest eating it cooked first. Kale has a chewy tough texture that most find unappetizing, but when cooked properly it can make an incredible side. The trick to cooking it right, is allowing it to steam. The steam allows the kale to wilt and become tender. Sautéing the kale without adding any water to the pan will result in a horrible chewy texture.
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ tablespoon minced ginger
- ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Remove kale leaves from the stem. Shred the leaves into thick ribbons. Place in a large bowl of water and set aside.
- Add sesame seeds, oil, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper flakes to a large skillet and turn onto medium heat. Stir constantly and cook for one minute. Quickly add in the kale by pulling the kale out of the water and adding it directly to the ginger garlic mix. There should be enough water to steam the kale, add a little more if necessary. You don't want stuff on the bottom to burn.
- Cover and allow the kale to steam for a minute before trying to stir.
- Remove lid and stir, incorporating the ginger garlic mix evenly into the kale.
- Once the kale is soft, remove from the heat and sprinkle over soy sauce. Serve immediately.