Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Garlic

Who says Kale cannot taste good? Add some bacon and garlic and you’re all set – Sauteed Kale with Bacon and Garlic. Naturally, gluten-free and low-carb!


Cooking, on occasion, is a shared chore between my husband and myself. I am so glad for that because there are times when I am not able to cook and when that happens, I am not worried because I know that hubby has a few recipes up his sleeve that he can easily whip up for the family. Sometimes, he just feels like giving me a break, too and then he cooks his favorite recipes that we all enjoy. On other times, things are just hectic and that’s when I need an extra hand in the kitchen to help speed things up and that’s when he is so handy, too!

Like in this particular day, a few days ago, when we were all set to leave for the UK for a holiday. Our flight was in the evening but we still had to make it early enough to the airport which was in New York so things really got busy in the morning with all the last minute packing and, of course, preparations for breakfast. Thankfully, hubby and the kids came to the rescue! We divided the chore – kids set the table as usual while hubby and I set off to make the food.

We had some food we needed to eat up before we left and we didn’t want to just throw them away. We had some assortment of food – quinoa, fresh tomatoes, eggs, bacon and kale. I felt like we were in Chopped trying to figure out what to make with these ingredients. Thankfully, my creative and quick-thinking husband decided he would make quinoa with some scrambled eggs and bacon – which I thought was a fabulous idea! I decided I had to do something with the kale and so my kids would eat it (they had to anyway!) I thought I’d make it a bit more palatable by adding some bacon and garlic. So in the end, we had a delicious breakfast as you can see in the photo – it all came out well. It was a sweet ending as all the food that needed to be used up were not wasted and put to good use. And most of all, I have this quick and easy Kale dish for you to enjoy. Only 3 ingredients to make this tasty and somewhat healthy side dish (it’s got Kale!)! Experiment on the seasoning and use either some soy sauce or oyster sauce to replace the salt and pepper to make an Asian-flavored side dish! Enjoy!

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Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Garlic

By: Manila Spoon

August 8, 2015

Who says Kale cannot taste good? Add some bacon and garlic and you’re all set – Sauteed Kale with Bacon and Garlic. Naturally, gluten-free and low-carb!


  • 3-4 Bacon strips
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 packs (5 oz each) Baby Kale
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste



  1. In a wok or a large skillet, cook the bacon until it has rendered its fat and has turned crispy. Break the bacon into bits. Set aside.
  2. Pour out the bacon grease from the pan but leave about 3 tablespoons for cooking. Saute the garlic cloves briefly until aromatic.
  3. Add the kale leaves, stir and cook until wilted. This doesn’t take very long perhaps about 3-4 minutes depending on how tender you want the kale to be. Season with salt and pepper. If you fancy some Asian seasoning instead, replace the salt and pepper with soy sauce or oyster sauce, to taste (about 2-3 teaspoons).
  4. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with the bacon bits. Enjoy immediately.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

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    • Chris FRANK
      January 21, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      I love this recipe! I make it almost once a week. Thank you so much!

      • abigail
        January 29, 2020 / 3:05 am

        Aww. So glad to know that! Thanks for letting us know.

  1. August 8, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    I love the flavorful simplicity of this dish. It reminds me of an item I get at our local Whole Foods when we're out and about.

    • August 9, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Kale has really become popular hasn't it, Alisa? 🙂

  2. August 9, 2015 / 4:15 am

    I love kale and tossing it with some bacon is just a way to ensure I eat the entire pan myself.

    • August 9, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Haha…Same reasoning for me Michelle! 🙂

  3. August 9, 2015 / 11:06 am

    My kids will all love this…they all like kale. And bacon is a big added bonus!

    • August 9, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      It's wonderful that your kids love Kale, Michelle! I am still convincing mine though they kind of accepted spinach already so we are slowly getting there! 🙂

  4. August 10, 2015 / 12:59 am

    Whoa, I wish my husband was more creative in the kitchen 🙂 Your kale sounds so simple, yet flavorful! Great choice.

    • August 10, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Liz! I am very thankful he is quite handy in the kitchen! 🙂

  5. August 10, 2015 / 11:55 am

    This looks like the perfect side dish. I love kale cooked with garlic, but sadly my husband is not much of a fan 🙁

    • August 10, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Perhaps with a little bacon he would be, Dannii! 🙂

  6. August 10, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    This is a sure way to get my kids to gobble up kale!

    • August 10, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      As with mine, too Gwen! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  7. October 29, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Abby, this looks amazing and so easy! Love recipes that feature kale like this 🙂

  8. October 29, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I just love the idea of kale with bacon, Abby!!! Such a perfect pairing. Hope you had a wonderful vacation in the UK, we have lots of immediate family there.

    • October 29, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      We had a lovely time, Allie, thanks! You must miss England a lot like we do! 🙂

  9. October 29, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Dear Abigail, what a wonderful idea for kale. A perfect side to almost any meal. I am going to have to try this. xo, Catherine

    • October 29, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      Hope you like it Catherine and thanks for stopping by!

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