close up on a spoonful of sautéed kale

Sautéed Kale and Bacon - Quick Side

This Kale and Bacon side dish is the perfect recipe for the holidays. With all the carbs and heavy sides on the table, you want an easy healthy option. That is where this quick sautéed kale with bacon comes in. Cooked on the stove with olive oil, it is super healthy and delicious, plus the crispy bacon stops adds flavor and stops it feeling too healthy. I mean this is the holidays!
Course Side
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 194kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


  • 8 cups chopped kale - see post for how to chop kale
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp crispy onions


  • Cut the bacon bacon into 1 inch pieces.
  • Add the oil to a large skillet and fry the bacon until cooked and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon from the pan, leaving behind the bacon grease.
  • Turn the heat to high and add in the kale and stir constantly in the oil so every thing is coated.
  • Add the quarter cup of boiled water and let the kale lightly wilt.
  • Once the water has evaporated, season the kale generously.
  • Add the kale to a serving dish and sprinkle with the cooked bacon and crispy onions.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 496mg | Vitamin A: 178.7% | Vitamin C: 129.9% | Calcium: 13.4% | Iron: 8%