This Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Shallots Recipe was inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, Westville. I love Westville for their hefty vegetable servings. The kale dish is the one I order the most. I never asked what ingredients go into their recipe. But the Westville flavors are generally simple and fresh. My guess: kale, shallots, garlic, and a dash of soy sauce. I could be totally off, but the result of experimenting is the recipe in this post. A copycat recipe? Not sure. Delicious. Yes!
*Update 2/6/2017: I had the kale at Westville again this past weekend, and it doesn’t taste like it has soy sauce in it. Oops! I think I must have gotten the green beans with soy glaze (another fave), and maybe some of the soy sauce got onto the kale. And I remembered it with that flavor. I’m leaving the recipe here, though, because it’s still a very easy way to cook kale that tastes really good. I’ll keep working on that Westville flavor, though.*
Which Kale Should You Use?
When developing this recipe, I first tried using dinosaur (lacinato) kale. I like dinosaur kale because it’s a little easier to clean and prep. But, the texture was way off. I knew Westville used curly kale, but…I was trying to take a short-cut.
In my “test kitchen”, the curly kale absorbed the flavors much better and came out more tender. It could be a difference in preparation, but I thought I’d mention it.
If you try the dinosaur kale with good results, let me know in a comment.
5 Ingredient Kale Recipe
Did I mention this recipe uses only 5 key ingredients?
- soy sauce
- olive oil
Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Shallots Recipe in Less Than 30 Minutes
And if the 5 ingredients didn’t catch your interest, this recipe also cooks up pretty quickly. While I can be slow prepping and cleaning the kale, it really only takes about 15 minutes to cook. Not too shabby, eh?
This Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Shallots Recipe goes great with a bigger dinner. Or you can have a simple lunch by pairing it with grilled cheese.
This stores and re-heats very easily. If you avoid the microwave like me, I’d recommend tossing this with a little olive oil in a sauté pan on low to medium-low heat. Just till it’s warmed through. In the microwave, you should only need a minute or so, depending on how much you have left.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small shallot, chopped
- dash salt
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 bunch curly kale (stems removed, torn/cut into small 1-2" pieces, cleaned)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon soy sauce (plus more, to taste)
- fresh black pepper, to taste
- Pre-heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and shallots. Sprinkle with a dash of salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots are softened and just starting to brown, about 4-6 minutes. Add garlic, stir, and cook for 60 seconds, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the kale and water and cover, stirring occasionally, until the kale has wilted and softened, about 8-10 minutes.
- Remove lid, stir in soy sauce and pepper. Taste test and add more soy sauce and pepper, if needed.
Kale tip: I used a normal sized bunch of kale for this recipe. If you use a smaller or larger bunch, you may want to adjust the other ingredients accordingly. I've seen pretty big differences in the size of kale bunches.
Note: soy sauce is a pretty strong flavor. Be sure to start with less than you think you need and add more, as desired, in very small amounts. The intent of the soy sauce is to add a little salt and umami flavor for richness. But it should taste lightly of soy sauce and less like a veggie stir-fry. However, you should flavor your kale so it makes you happy.
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