Sauteed kale is a quick and easy side!

It’s a savory and nutritious side dish that’s lightly cooked in garlic and lemon and full of rich, earthy flavor!

Lemony sauteed kale is delicious with fish, or even processed into pesto!

Sauteed kale with garlic and lemon in a serving bowl

All Hail Kale!

  • This low carb and keto sauteed kale recipe produces a tender crisp veggie side that goes with everything!
  • Just like spinach, nutritious kale is economical, easy to find, and loaded with B vitamins, fiber, and protein.
  • Sauteed kale is great on its own as a savory side dish but also adds great flavor to soups, stir-fries, and casseroles.
ingredients to make Sauteed Kale with garlic and lemon

Ingredients and Variations

Kale – Look for moist, crisp, unwilted kale to use in this recipe. Any variety will work just fine! Prepare kale by washing, drying, and pulling the leaves away from the tough stalks.

Variations – Add some sliced onions or mushrooms, diced or sundried tomatoes, or bacon bits. Top kale with parmesan or crumbled feta cheese for an extra touch of tangy flavor!

How to Saute Kale

  1. Chop or tear kale into 2” pieces.
  2. Cook chopped kale in oil and chicken broth until tender.
  3. Push kale to the side of the pan and saute garlic in butter until fragrant.
  4. Stir garlic and kale together and drizzle with lemon juice and salt.
  5. Cook another 1-2 minutes and serve warm.

For More Flavor!

A dash of balsamic vinegar will add more depth of flavor to sauteed kale.

Best Ways to Serve Sauteed Kale

Serve kale alongside baked bone-in chicken breasts, pork, salmon, or even a hearty low-carb meatloaf. Also elegant enough to serve with roasted cornish hens.

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep leftover sauteed kale in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave and squeeze a little lemon juice and salt on it before serving.
  • Freeze leftover kale in zippered bags for up to a month and thaw it in a saute pan on medium heat.
  • Transform leftover kale into a simple pesto, or add to a hearty Zuppa Toscana soup.
Sauteed Kale in a frying pan

Other Easy Vegetable Sides

Did you enjoy this Sauteed Kale with Garlic & Lemon recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and comment below!

sauteed kale and garlic in a bowl with a spoon.
5 from 16 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Sauteed Kale With Garlic & Lemon

Kale gets an extra flavor infusion with garlic and lemon, making it a side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken, or meat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly



  • 1 bunch kale washed, dried, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Preheat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Coarsely chop kale.
  • Add kale and chicken broth to hot skillet. Cook 7-8 minutes or until tender.
  • Push kale to the side of the pan and add butter and garlic. Cook until fragrant.
  • Stir garlic and kale together, drizzle with lemon juice and salt. Cook 1-2 minutes to blend flavors.
  • Serve warm.


  • Leftover sauteed kale can be stored up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
5 from 16 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 171mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3334IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

REPIN this Sauteed Kale with Garlic & Lemon Recipe

Sauteed Kale with garlic and butter in a pan with a title
sauteed garlic with garlic and lemon in a pan with a title
ingredients to make Sauteed Kale and Sauteed Kale in a serving bowl with a spoon and writing


, ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
See more posts by Holly

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.