I love kale – now only after experimenting with how to dress it. Kale seems to be one of those greens you love or love-to-hate. Somewhere are “in-betweeners” who say “okay I’ll try it!”
Lesson learned – take off those chewy stems!!!! HOWEVER IN INSTANT POT STEAMED KALE A FEW STEMS ADD TEXTURE. Because Kale can have a bitter taste it does NOT need heavy seasonings as some may think….this only accentuates the bitterness. Instead compliment the Kale with a light touch of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. I see some recipes calling for massaging the Kale – I don’t. If anyone is getting a massage its me not the Kale!
Below are recipe for Steamed Garlic Kale using the Instant Pot and for Flash Fry Kale.
INSTANT POT STEAMED GARLIC KALE
- 3-4 Garlic Cloves Chopped
- 1 Tbl of EVOO or ( 2 Tbl Vegetable Broth)
- Kale ( I use 1/2 bag in my 3qt Instant Pot)
- Balsamic Vinaigrette (sprinkle over Kale once its in the Instant Pot)
- Sea Salt (if desired)
- 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of Water
Use the saute setting on your Instant Pot to lightly brown the chopped garlic cloves in the olive oil/vegetable broth. Once the garlic is lightly browned, add the Kale, Balsamic Vinaigrette ( if you prefer you can use lemon juice), water and Sea Salt. Change the setting on your Instant Pot to Steam for 3 minutes. I use the quick release method!
FLASH FRY KALE
For Flash Fry Kale – because I like that added crisp sometimes – use the same ingredients as above. I preheat the cast iron skillet then add the chopped garlic and saute until it is very lightly browned. Add the remaining ingredients and toss, toss, toss for a few minutes until done. If you cook it too much it will either over crisp and if you add too much olive oil it will look like soggy grass.