Kale with Sesame Oil is refreshing and yummy. It features blanched chopped kale mixed with sesame oil, minced garlic, and Himalayan pink salt. It is perhaps the easiest and healthiest way to enjoy this superfood vegetable on a day-to-day basis. In fact, this is one of our dinner table regulars, which we have at least twice a week.
How to make Kale with Sesame Oil from Scratch?
See the Recipe for a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Here are the key takeaways.
Wash and rinse kale for Kale with Sesame Oil
Trim the ends off and cut Kale into bite sizes
Blanch Chopped Kale
Fill a large stockpot (8 Qt.) with about 75% of water, turn the heat to high, cover the stockpot with the lid and bring it to a boil. When the water reaches boiling, add the chopped kale into boiling water.
Immediately turn off the heat and remove the kale from the stockpot using the stainless steel spider skimmer. Place them on a serving plate.
Season the blanched Kale with sesame oil, minced garlic, and salt
I use a compact food processor to mince garlic, which is very handy.
Kale and Sesame Oil Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the healthiest way to cook kale?
Blanch the chopped kale in a large stockpot of boiling water briefly, about 30 seconds. Add a splash of sesame oil, a pinch of salt and minced garlic, you shall have an amazingly tasty kale dish.
Do you blanch kale before making a salad?
Yes, I recommend you do so. Kale is kind of tough. Blanching the chopped kale briefly in a large body of boiling water helps soften the kale to a desirable texture and flavor. It will also ensure kale maintains its bright green color and nutrition to the maximum level.
How do you get the bitterness out of kale?
Blanch the chopped kale first and then season them with sesame oil and minced garlic. See the Recipe on how to blanch properly and then season the blanched kale for a quick, easy and tasty kale dish.
What seasonings go well with kale?
Sesame oil, minced garlic, and sea salt or Himalayan pink salt go extremely well with kale. See the Recipe for more details.
How long does blanched kale last in the fridge?
I highly recommend you finish the blanched kale with 24 hours. Technically, blanched kale can last in the fridge for up to one week. However, I have read about researches showing cooked vegetables, especially green leafy, develop harmful substances rapidly, actually more rapidly compared to cooked meat. Therefore, I wouldn’t risk it.
Do I need to rinse kale under cold water immediately following the blanching?
Not required for this Recipe. I use a large body of boiling water and blanch the kale briefly, expecting they will continue to cook a little just for the right level texture.