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Wondering how to cut kale? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how, including how to stem kale and chop kale.

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Are you wondering how to stem kale or chop kale but not sure the best way? Alex and I have toyed with various methods over the years, but we’ve finally ended up with one that is slick and simple. We use this method all the time, like when we make a kale Caesar salad or our Tuscan soup with white beans and kale. Using this method changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut kale, including a video of me cutting kale in our kitchen.

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How to cut kale step by step

How to cut kale | Tuscan kale & curly kale
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Before we start, there are two common varieties of kale that you’ll find at the grocery store or farmer’s market: curly kale and Tuscan kale. Tuscan kale has darker green, flatter leaves. It’s also sometimes called Lacinato or dinosaur kale. Curly kale is brighter green and well, curly!

Step 1

How to cut kale | Cut off stem

Fold the leaves of the kale together and hold them with your non-cutting hand. Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the tough stem.

Step 2

How to cut kale | Roll leaves

Roll up the kale leaves.

Step 3

How to cut kale | Cut slices

Cut the kale into slices, using a circular motion with the knife. (Make thicker slices if the kale should be chopped into rough pieces; see Step 4.) You can use thinly sliced kale ribbons for salads and soups.

Step 4

How to cut kale | Chop if desired

If you’re chopping the kale, rotate the slices and then chop them in the other direction to make small pieces. Repeat for all the kale leaves.

And there you have it: how to cut kale in 4 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to stem kale and chop kale, and tell us how it goes in the comments below.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

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How to cut kale

How to Cut Kale


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 to 4 cups 1x

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Wondering how to cut kale? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how, including how to stem kale and chop kale.


Ingredients

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  • 1 bunch curly kale or Tuscan kale

Instructions

  1. Fold the leaves of the kale together and hold them with your non-cutting hand. Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the tough stem.
  2. Roll up the kale leaves.
  3. Cut the kale into slices, using a circular motion with the knife. (Make thicker slices if the kale should be chopped into rough pieces; see Step 4.) You can use thinly sliced kale ribbons for salads and soups.
  4. If you’re chopping the kale, rotate the slices and then chop them in the other direction to make small pieces. Repeat for all the kale leaves.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. oh translate says:

    Great tips on how to cut kale! I’ll definitely keep these in mind when preparing my next salad with this nutritious leafy green.