Instant Pot Kale

Cooked kale mixed with chopped garlic on a blue plate

Instant Pot Kale Greens is the perfect superfood! An easy and tasty way to add more greens to your daily diet! This kale recipe is not only loaded with nutrients and vitamins, but it's a great side dish when you need something quick.

All you need are five simple ingredients to make this delicious kale recipe. You can whip this recipe up in less than 10 minutes as well!

Cooked kale mixed with chopped garlic on a blue plate

The best part about making this easy kale recipe is that you don't have to hardly do any type of prep. It's literally dump and go and then dig in. That's my kinda recipe!

Why this recipe works

Eating kale always works. It's a superfood that is one of the best options to add to your diet. It's high in fiber, rich in nutrients, and the perfect way to add a side dish that's low in calories without being low in taste.

  • Eating kale is a great way to fill your bellies with healthy food
  • Kale is one vegetable that you can easily grow on your own and then use in recipes like this!
  • You can change up the flavor of the kale by changing up the seasonings

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Recipe Ingredients

Instant Pot Kale

Fresh kale - You can buy this at the store or grow it in your garden. Keep in mind that kale "shrinks" as it's cooked so even if you cook a full bag, it's going to be a lot smaller portion once it's ready. 

Water - Helps the steaming effect in the Instant Pot. 

Garlic - Minced garlic adds great flavor but garlic powder can be used, too. 

Olive oil - You can also use coconut oil or avocado oil. 

Salt - To taste. 

How to make Instant Pot Kale Greens 

Gather up the simple ingredients to get started! You'll love how fast the prep for this kale recipe is!

Step One: Add the fresh kale into the Instant Pot.

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Step Two: Pour in the water and put on the Instant Pot lid.

Step Three: Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

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Step Four: Once the time has passed, do a quick release and scoop out the cooked kale. Add it to a strainer to drain off any excess water.

Instant Pot Kale

Step Five: Put the cooked and drained kale back in the Instant Pot and add the olive oil.

Instant Pot Kale

Step Six: Add the salt and stir.

Instant Pot Kale

Step Seven: Add the minced garlic and press the saute button.

Instant Pot Kale

Step Eight: Stir the kale with a wooden spoon and saute for 2 minutes.

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Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Kale

Variations 

Add bacon - Yes, bacon! It's a great way to add protein and extra salt flavor. You an cook them together, or make bacon separately using this Instant Pot Bacon recipe.

Change up the seasonings - Salt is great, but you can easily add garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, or even just some Everything Bagel Seasoning, too.

How to serve

Kale literally pairs with anything. If you want some killer good main entrees to pair with the cooked kale, here are a few that I highly recommend.

Recipe Notes: 

  • There are many different colors and types of kale. This simple recipe will work with green kale and all types or colors of kale, as well as all types of flavors.
  • Even though the cooked kale shrinks down quite a bit, don't eat all of it in one sitting. Kale has a HIGH fiber amount, and it may cause stomach issues if eaten in excess.

Instant Pot Kale

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze cooked kale?

Cooked kale is better eaten frozen. It's a fast and simple recipe so cook it up freshly every time.

Can I add other veggies to this recipe?

If you have leftover green beans, you can always stir those into the mix! Sometimes, I'll add diced onions as well.

What toppings go well on kale?

As far as toppings are concerned, adding feta cheese crumbles, diced onions, diced jalapenos, and even some balsamic vinaigrette would be good.

What other ways can you cook kale?

You can cook kale in so many ways! For example, you can make Instant Pot Kale Chips using the air fryer lid.
You can also saute kale, steam it, or even eat it raw.

Instant Pot Simple and Healthy Recipes 

Love the idea of eating healthy? Why stop? Here are some other simple healthy recipes that I think you'll love as well.

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Cooked kale mixed with chopped garlic on a blue plate

Instant Pot Kale

Instant Pot Kale Greens are really simple to cook! If you're looking for a healthy side dish option, this superfood recipe is it!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: international
Keyword: garlic, healthy, kale, Kale Greens, vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh kale tough ends removed and chopped roughly
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add the fresh kale into the Instant Pot. Make sure that it's trimmed and ready to go.
  • Pour in the water.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Once the time has passed, do a quick release and scoop out the cooked kale. Add it to a strainer to drain off any excess water.
  • Put the cooked and drained kale back in the Instant Pot and add the olive oil.
  • Add the salt and minced garlic and stir.
  • Press "saute", stir, and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 6mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 4mg Iron: 1mg

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Notes

  • There are many different colors and types of kale. This simple recipe will work with green kale and all types or colors of kale, as well as all types of flavors.
  • You can easily add garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, or some Everything Bagel Seasoning.
  • If you have leftover green beans, you can always stir those into the mix! Sometimes, I'll add diced onions as well.
  • As far as toppings are concerned, adding feta cheese crumbles, diced onions, diced jalapenos, and even some balsamic vinaigrette would be good.
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