Curly Kale Stir Fry

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Curly Kale Stir Fry


Curly Kale Stir Fry, with tender carrots, onions, colorful bell peppers and the bold flavors of crushed garlic and Sriracha sauce. Click on the photo to enhance your taste buds.


  • 2 bunches of fresh Kale (chopped)
  • 2 medium carrots sliced thin
  • 1 large white onion (chopped)
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper (chopped small )
  • 1 large orange bell pepper (chopped small)
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. of Sriracha hot chili sauce (optional)
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce low sodium (optional)

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    Fresh organic curly kale


  1. Curly Kale can hold on to a lot of critters, debris and dirt. It is smart to wash it thoroughly.
  2. Chop the stems and set aside in a bowl of cold water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. This is of course optional, I realize some people just don’t care to eat that part of the vegetable.
  3. Place kale leaves in a large bowl or sink with 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and cold water allow to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Before removing from water, swish Kale around vigorously then drain the water.
  5. Repeat this process until water is clear and you see no debris or sign of any critters on the curly leaves. Rinse in cold water before placing in colander or salad spinner.
  6. Wash bell peppers and carrots. Peel and rinse onions in cold water before chopping.

Preparation before cooking (using a Wok or Iron skillet)

Allow the wok to get very hot before adding Sesame oil, now pour 1.5 tablespoons of Sesame oil. You want to coat the wok very well, by making sure that the Sesame oil is evenly distributed from the bottom up and around the sides.

Preparation while cooking

Now you are ready to add your sliced carrots and stems from your kale. Stir continuously for about two minutes then add chopped onion. Continue to stir for about 10 seconds then remove from wok and set aside in a medium size bowl.

Coat wok again with 1.5 tablespoons of Sesame oil and add half of your fresh Kale. Stir fry for about two minutes adding only half of your crushed garlic, a splash of soy sauce and a splash of Sriracha sauce.

Now add half of the carrots, Kale stems, and chopped onion. Continue to stir fry for 10 seconds, making sure to incorporate all ingredients very well before removing from wok. Place in a large bowl.

You will now add the last 1.5 tablespoons of Sesame oil to your hot wok, and again making sure that the wok is evenly coated before adding the rest of the Kale. Quickly stir fry continuously for the next two minutes while adding the remaining portions of crushed garlic, carrots, onions, stems and another splash of Soy and Sriracha sauce.

Remove wok from heat and serve up this delicious Curly kale in a large bowl.

Preparation before cooking (using a skillet)

Do not worry about coating the side of your skillet. You need only be concerned with the bottom of your skillet being hot enough to begin the stir fry process.

Preparation while cooking

You want to heat 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil at a high temperature before adding carrots and stems. Stir continuously for about three minutes then add chopped onion.Continue to stir for another 10 seconds then remove ingredients from skillet and set aside.

Add 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil and allow it to get nice and hot before adding fresh Kale. Only add what comfortably fits into your skillet without spilling over. Stir continuously for about two minutes while adding only half of your crushed garlic, a splash of soy sauce and a splash of Sriracha sauce. Make sure to stir and mix all of your ingredients very well. None of your veggies should be sticking to the skillet.

Now add only half of the carrots, stems and chopped onion, stir for about 10 seconds and remove from skillet and place in a large bowl. You are now ready to start the same process all over again with the remaining uncooked Kale.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 to 12 minutes
Total time: 26 to 32 minutes Servings: 4 to 6

Chef Ann Tips ‘Curly Kale Stir Fry’

Speaking of curly Kale; this is just one way to clean kale. I repeat the cleaning process at least three times, and it usually does the job! My husband and I enjoy every bit of this wonderful vegetable; yes it is true that the stems of curly Kale can be tough. It’s for this very reason that I chop the stems and discard the bottom tip about 1/2 inch before washing, rinsing, chopping and stir frying.

The stems stir fry nicely when added with the carrots and onions in the hot sesame oil. This method actually tenderizes the stem and gives you a slight crunch, but no toughness at all! However, stir frying the stems is optional.

Please keep in mind when chopping carrots to stir fry, you want to make sure that you slice them diagonally and the thinner you chop or slice them the quicker they will cook. The tenderness will depend upon two things, how thick or thin you chop or slice your carrots and how long you stir fry.

If you want extra tender carrots and kale stems, you will need to stir fry for about three and a half to four minutes longer. Also note; that it is possible to use less or a tad bit more Sesame oil than called for, this is up to you and will depend upon how large or small the skillet or wok you are using.

Helpful information

If you like to cook and do not own a wok, take the plunge and buy one. You will love it!

Kale – nutrition – wiki



  1. Chez Gordy says:

    So proud of you Chef Ann, I could eat this every day; another winner!

    • Chef Ann says:

      Well hello Chez Gordy, Thank you so kindly for the gracious compliment! I so appreciate all of your support ;-))
      Have a grand work week my dearest friend!

  2. Florence says:

    I’m so anxious to try this, I need to eat more of these veggies. God bless. xoxoxoxoxo

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Florence, So nice of you to stop by and comment. I am happy to know that you will try my recipe and look forward to hearing all about it.
      Blessings to you as well my dear!

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