How to cook kale – healthy never tasted so good

Here's how to cook kale. Make it crispy in the oven or even fry it to maximise its flavour. We show you how...

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Want to learn how to cook kale in a way that will make it truly pleasurable to eat? Healthy it may be, but there's a reason why kale was out of fashion for so long – it's quite bland if you just cook it in boiling water. Of course, if you like it that way, keep doing what you're doing, but we think that our recipe really helps amplify its earthy flavour. 

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How to cook kale

To cook kale, first trim it so that you're not cooking the tough central stems. Then, preheat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan, add a clove of garlic and the kale, and season. It can't be stressed enough how much kale likes seasoning: add sea salt, dried chilli, all-purpose seasoning – it's all good for making kale more flavoursome. 

Fry for five to seven minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Top off with a bit of fresh lemon juice, if you like.  

How to cook crispy kale

Fond of those kale crisps you find in deli shops? So are we - and they're super easy to cook at home. Simply spread your kale trimmings on a baking sheet, season abundantly and drizzle with olive oil. Then, stick it in the oven at 200ºC for five to six minutes.