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Stir-Fried Kale with Bacon

Kale with Bacon Stir-fry Recipe

If you don’t wish to blanch the kale before adding to the wokpan (step 1), cut them to small pieces (long strips) and add a small splash of water or chicken stock when stir-frying.

Enjoy this dish on its own, as a side dish or a salad base.


  • 75 grams coarsely torn kale leaves*
  • 3 slices (50 grams) streaky bacon cut to small pieces
  • 1/2 + 1/2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • 3 shallots sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes to taste
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt to taste (or a tiny pinch of sea salt)
  • sea salt to taste; only if needed
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

*Leaves from approximately 5 large stalks of curly kale, de-stemmed.


  1. Blanch the kale. Bring a pot of water with 1 tsp sea salt added to boil. When the water is boiling, add kale leaves to cook for 3 minutes. Drain the kale on a strainer and press out the excess liquids.
  2. Cook the bacon & aromatics. Spread out cut bacon in a wide frying pan. Drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over them. Fry the bacon in medium high heat until the bacon is crisp and most of its fats rendered out. Push the fried bacon to the side of the pan. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Add garlic, shallots and chilli flakes; fry them until the garlic just turned light golden.
  3. Stir-fry the kale. Add blanched kale and garlic salt.  Stir-fry briefly until everything is evenly mixed and the kale is softened to liking. Season to taste with salt (only if required) & black pepper.
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5 comments on “Stir-Fried Kale with Bacon”

  1. Bacon makes everything taste better, doesn’t it? This looks so delicious.

  2. Dino kale – another variety of kale, has tougher leaves than this type of green curly kale you are using here.

    Yummy and easy stir-fry :)

  3. can use other vegetables besides kale?

    • this recipe is more customed for kale, as it has firmer leaves. But you can use other green veg (such as spinach) and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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