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Easy Sauteed Kale (Oil-Free)

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Cook Time: 5 mins.
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


The BEST and easiest Sauteed Kale recipe! Seasoned with nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and a little lemon juice. It’s oil-free and ready to eat in as little as 10 minutes. The perfect side dish!



  • (1) 10-ounce bag of chopped kale (roughly 5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt to taste (optional)


  1. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once the pan is ready add the kale and cook for a few seconds then add the water to sautee. Cook until the kale starts to wilt and turns bright green. If you don’t have a large enough skillet for all the kale you can just cook it in batches. Just be sure and divide the water equally for each batch.
  3. Transfer the cooked kale to a large serving bowl and toss with the nutritional yeast and garlic powder.  Drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.
  4. This kale is great by itself, but try these optional toppings: Vegan Parmesan, Garlicky Lemon Tahini Dressing, Lemon Wedges, Red Pepper Flakes.


Cooking time is one for one batch.

Use whatever type of kale you prefer. I like cooking with curly kale.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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