Clean Eating: Kale Fried Rice

September 21, 2012

Kale is so good for you. There are so many health benefits because it’s high in Vitamin K, fiber and iron. It is an anti-inflammatory food and high in antioxidants. So I was very excited to receive this healthy recipe from one of my favorite kickboxing instructors, Charil Lorenzo Daniels.

It’s very easy to make and it tastes DELICIOUS. I added some egg with mine for some added protein. If you have children you  might want to omit the jalapeno.


Kale Fried Rice
1 bunch fresh kale
6 cups water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon safflower oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno or Serrano chile pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice, such as basmati or jasmine
2 tablespoons sake or white wine
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Rinse and drain kale; remove and discard stems. Combine water and salt in a large (5-quart) pot; bring to boiling. Add kale leaves to pot; return to boiling. Cook kale for 5 minutes. Drain and cool kale. Squeeze water from kale and coarsely chop; set aside.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add jalapeno and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in kale; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add rice; cook and stir until heated through.

For sauce, in a small bowl stir together sake, tamari, sesame oil and maple syrup. Add sauce to skillet; bring to boiling and cook 2 to 3 minutes until sauce is absorbed. Stir in sesame seeds.

Serve with additional tamari and some sriracha sauce. A squeeze of lemon juice is another great addition to this fried rice dish.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups

Tip: Orange juice can be used in place of the sake or white wine.

Original recipe was posted here.



  • Reply Grocery Tracking: Week 1 Trader Joe’s | My Wise Mom September 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    […] birthdays, will probably just have a light fruit/veggie dinner with what’s on hand Monday: Kale Fried Rice Tuesday: Friends are bringing […]

  • Reply Bill October 7, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Interesting recipe. I have only had Kale in smoothies and am interested in trying something else. I always thought though that cooking Kale would make it mushy, doesn’t look like that so much in your pic though

  • Reply Grocery Tracking: Week 3 Trader Joe’s | My Wise Mom October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    […] – Kale Fried Rice and side salad (had these last week and it was SO good we are making it again!) Thursday – […]

  • Reply Kale Fried Rice | My Wise Mom October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    […] Kale Fried Rice (adapted from Maria Kang) […]

  • Reply mealaydiemi October 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I can say 1000% I was thrilled with that decision. but was later released. Protein electroblotting on polybase coated glassfiber!

  • Leave a Reply