Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe

This southern-style Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe is fabulous for making the most of your fresh garden greens this season.

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Here in the south we have unique culinary terms.

For instance, sautéed greens or wilted greens are often referred to as keeled in the southern states. (Killed.)

It’s not uncommon for a granny to serve up keeled spinach or keeled collards at any given meal.

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The idea is to sauté and wilt the greens in butter or bacon grease until they reduce down to soft silky leaves.

My mother use to make wilted spinach this way with butter and a drizzle of vinegar. As a child, keeled was the only way I would eat my spinach.

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Today we’re celebrating this classic southern technique with a Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe sprinkled with sesame seeds.

My kids love this kale recipe so much they ask for it on regular occasion. Believe it or not, even a few of my friends’ children have asked for my Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe.

“Ms. Sommer, will you make us the sweet greens?” one asked recently.

At my house, if you ask for kale you get kale, without hesitation.

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This Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe starts with butter, honey and garlic (and a little water.) Warm the mixture and add roughly chopped kale leaves to the pot. Cover to help the kale to start to wilt, then stir and cover again for just a few minutes.

Viola! Keeled kale in just minutes.

The combination of garlic, sesame seeds, and rich honey butter is hard to resist. Even to the most determined non-veggie eaters. If you ever wanted to trick your picky relatives into eating their greens, this is the way to do it.

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P.S. You can use this recipe with any greens that come your way by garden overload or CSA box. Keel your mustard greens, swiss chard, even beet greens with honey butter!


Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes

5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
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Simple and amazing Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe. Quite possibly the best sautéed kale recipe you’ll ever try!


  • 4 large bunches kale, any variety
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Wash the kale thoroughly. Then fold each leaf in half along the stem, and cut or rip the leaves off the stems. Discard the stems and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Place the butter, honey, and garlic in a large stock pot with 1/4 cup water. Turn on medium heat and add all the chopped kale to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Then cover the pot and steam for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the kale to wilt. Then cover and steam another 3-5 minutes until fully wilted. Stir in the sesame seeds and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 6

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 180 Calories
  • Total Fat: 12.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.5g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 102mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 11.6g
  • Protein: 1.9g
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12 comments on “Wilted Honey Butter Kale Recipe

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  2. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted August 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I love having kale or spinach cooked this way! 

    Rating: 5
  3. Savita @ ChefDeHomeposted August 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Kale is huge hit in my family too! Such simple and delicious recipes are sure keepers!

  4. Marla Meridithposted August 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm Reply

    Honey & kale….such a great combo & I love that the kiddos ask for it!

    Rating: 5
  5. Gaby Dalkinposted August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply

    hey, if the kids are asking for kale then you know it’s good! the ultimate taste testers!

  6. RavieNomNomsposted August 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Love this recipe, thank you for sharing. I have a huge thing of kale that I need to use up!

  7. Mariaposted August 21, 2015 at 11:33 am Reply

    I might b e able to get Josh to finally eat his greens with this recipe!

  8. Heather Christoposted August 21, 2015 at 10:48 am Reply

    what a way to eat your greens!! yum!

  9. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted August 21, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    I have all this in my fridge right now!  YUMMY!

  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 21, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply

    The honey butter has me going

  11. naomiposted August 21, 2015 at 7:48 am Reply

    Wilted kale with honey – that is something I have to try