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Basic Sauteed Leafy Greens

Basic Sauteed Leafy Greens

Image credit to: Boston Organics

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lbs leafy greens, tough lower stems discarded and leaves cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/8 tsp dried hot red-pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt

Recipe

This is a great basic recipe for amateur cooks who don't have much experience cooking leafy greens. You can use any hearty leafy green (chard, callaloo, kale, collards, dandelion, or even spinach). Cooking time may vary, just try to remove from heat once the leaves turn a vibrant dark green, as overcooking can lead to an undesirable bitterness.

1. Cook greens in a pot of boiling salted water until ribs are tender (about 4 minutes). Drain in a colander, then rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again, gently pressing out excess water.

2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic and red-pepper flakes, stirring for about 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high, add greens and sea salt and sauté until coated with oil and heated through, about 4 minutes.

Adapted from Epicurious

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