African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes

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Easy to prepare and flavorful African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes recipe is a  healthy, hearty dish that is ready in less than 20 minutes. Serve braised kale as a side dish.

African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes

African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes

Delicious African-style braised kale and tomatoes. I first made this dish after my friend from South Africa brought this dish to a potluck.

It was gone in minutes and after talking to her I couldn’t believe the simplicity of the dish. This is basically my version of it and I get the same lovely reaction when I serve it. Just like my Southern-Style Collard Greens and Jamaican Callaloo.

What is Braised Kale

Braising is done by first sauteing the kale lightly then stewing it slowing in closed cookware. Kale softens its tough texture and sweetens its bitter flavor as it is braised.

Braising was traditionally reserved for tough cuts of meat but works amazing for kale.

Adding tomatoes also help with flavor, extra liquid as they break down.

African Braised Kale And Tomatoes

How To Make African-Style Braised Kale And Tomatoes

First, place kale in a large bowl of water with a half a teaspoon of salt to loosen dirt or debris.
Drain and rinse kale in a colander. Prep kale by removing the stems and tearing them into 2-inch pieces.

If your kale is tender then it is okay to keep the stems for added fiber and chop the kale in 1-inch pieces.

Saute onion in olive oil until soft, add tomatoes and saute until soft. Stir in kale and cook until wilted, add vegetable broth and cover to cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Season with salt and serve.  I like to keep my kale crunchy so sometimes I braise mine for less than 10 minutes. It is delicious served with Lentil MeatballsBaked PlantainsSmothered Tofu And Jollof Rice.

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96 kcal / 401 kJ
5 g
3 g
12 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

10 min
15 min
Ready in:
25 min
6 Servings



  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and cook until soften and releasing its juices. Stir in kale leaves and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth, cover with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low and cook until kale is tender, about 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and serve.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Philly
    October 25, 2018

    Very nice… picked some kale from garden and tried this.. I like… first time eating cooked kale. Thanks

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 25, 2018

      Awesome thank you Philly, wow nothing like freshly picked kale from your own garden. So happy you enjoyed it.

  2. Charnele Young
    September 9, 2018

    This is one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made, and it tastes ahhmazing. I absolutely love it and I tend to make it often when I buy kale. I was not fond of kale until I made this recipe

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 9, 2018

      Thank you Charnele, it is an amazing recipe. I was blown away the first time I had it.