How to Steam Kale Without a Steamer

Grünkohl verarbeiten im Küchensieb Fensterlicht Hintergrund
A metal colander can help you steam kale without a steamer. (Image: alice dias didszoleit/iStock/Getty Images)

There are many reasons to love kale. As one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat, its high content of iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and K aid in maintaining a healthy digestive system. The low-sodium superfood and natural anti-inflammatory vegetable is often used in soups, stews, casseroles and pastas and can also be enjoyed steamed and infused with flavored oils or seasoned salts. The best part is that you don’t need a steamer to delight your palate with this mode of preparation.

Steps to Steam Kale

Green kale smoothie overhead view, in a glass with straw on an aged wood background
Nutritious stalks and leftover ribs blend well with your morning juice or smoothie. (Image: jenifoto/iStock/Getty Images)

Additions to Steamed Kale

Organic Raw Red Kale on a Background
Kale is a superfood rich in iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and K. (Image: bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images)

You can season steamed kale simply with salt and pepper, or consider throwing in some garlic while it's steaming to infuse it with flavor. Other ways to add a tasty twist to this superfood include sprinkling the steamed kale with your favorite seasoning salt or dribbling flavored oil over it before serving.

Kale with a Capital K (Vitamin)

People who take blood-thinning medication should be careful about how much kale they ingest. The vegetable is rich in vitamin K, which can have a blood-clotting effect. The vegetable is also a concern for those with thyroid issues; people with hypothyroidism may find their condition worsened by too much kale. The chemical properties that cause concerns, however, are almost completely destroyed by cooking.

On the other hand, people who avoid dairy should know that kale is one of the richest vegetarian sources of calcium, which helps your body strengthen bones.


Copyright © 2018 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.