Kale Sauteed in Coconut Milk
Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
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Serves: 4
  • Kale - 1 bunch
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Coconut milk - ⅓ cup
  • Lime - ½
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  1. Kale - Tear kale leaves off of stems. Wash and dry leaves in a salad spinner. Rinse stems and chop into ¼" segments How to prep and chop kale | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang
  2. Garlic - mince
  1. Heat the largest frying or saute pan you own over medium-high heat. Place a small cup of water next to the pan.
  2. Once the pan is hot, add 2 tbs. of coconut milk. When the coconut milk starts bubbling, add the minced garlic. As soon as you can smell the garlic, add the kale stems with a pinch of kosher salt. Saute stems in the coconut milk. If at any time the pan dries up and stems looks like they might start to burn, add a tablespoon or two of the water
  3. Saute kale stems for about 3 to 5 minutes. They should be softened but still have a nice crunch to them Sauteeing kale stems | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang
  4. Now add kale leaves - as much as can fit into the pan - with the remainder of the coconut milk. Turn leaves with tongs so all of them get heated through. Continue adding more leaves as room is made in the pan
  5. When the leaves are wilted, turn off the heat. Season to taste with kosher salt. Add the juice of half a lime and sprinkle with red pepper flakes (amount depends on the level of heat desired)
  6. If you have any dried coconut, feel free to garnish finished dish with it
  1. Instead of using kosher salt, try some fish sauce
  2. Feel free to substitute with other leafy vegetables, preferably those with tougher leaves. Dandelion, cabbage, escarole would probably work better than chard or mustard greens
  3. This is a great way to use up a can of coconut milk that has been started earlier in the week. Also look for coconut milk that's sold in smaller portions at your market that can be used up in one cooking session
Recipe by Cook Smarts at http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2012/09/sauteed-coconut-kale/