We have enjoyed kale chips over the years, but sometimes it takes a lot of patience to make them in the oven, baking them at a low temperature for a while. I discovered a technique for drying out herbs in the microwave, and realized we could do this with kale as well.
Kale is easy to grow in the garden, and this is a great way to use kale if you have run out of other things to do with it. My kids love kale chips!
What You Need
Salt (preferably fine salt)
The first step is to thoroughly wash and prepare your kale.
To wash carefully and remove as much sand as possible, I usually soak the kale in my salad spinner, rinse it off, and then dry it in the spinner.
Rip up the kale into smaller pieces, and remove any woody parts (mostly the stems).
I then lay out the kale on a clean, dry dish towel, then lay another dish towel on top to dry off the kale. If you can allow to air-dry for a little bit, that is helpful too.
Once the kale is dry, I lay it on a large plate or tray, and drizzle with olive oil.
I use my hands to rub the oil on the kale (not my favorite part of the process, but at least olive oil is good for your skin!).
Once you have coated the kale in oil, sprinkle with some salt. Fine salt is best, as it will stick better.
Lay the kale on a plate and start by microwaving in 2 minute increments.
When the 2 minutes are done, check on the kale. I usually take it out, allow the steam to rise, blow on it, mix the kale with your fingers or a spatula. Basically, you want to rotate the kale and let the steam out to facilitate the drying process.
You’ll want to keep microwaving at 1-2 minute increments, repeating the process of mixing in between, until your kale is crispy.
I love making kale chips, my step-son loves them too! I never thought of microwaving them before!
Omg! I tried these once and it was a major fail! I must try again. Thanks for the recipe.
Ok, now you have piqued my interest because I like kale just never made any kale chips before. I must try this next and thanks for sharing.
I will have to give these a try and see if I like this version. Another version I tried tasted like what I imagine grass tastes like.
I never knew that you could make kale chips in the microwave, so this was really interesting to read. I love kale chips, but I always struggle to make them in the oven without burning them, so I can’t wait to try this method.
I hope that my garden gives me lots of kale. These chips sound so yummy.
I have never actually tried these before. I will have to get some kale and give it a try. I love that this is a healthier option.
I would not have thought you could do this in the microwave.
How cool is that!? I had no idea you could make them in the microwave! So handy and these Kale Chips are a great healthy snack!
I’ve never had kale. I’ll have to give this a try.
Wow! This sure is a unique way to fry this, it looks amazingly delicious and very healthy too! Thanks for sharing this with us! I’ll definitely try to do this at home!
Kale chips can be such a tasty snack! Microwaving them will definitely help cut down prep time compared to baking, I should give this a try!
I didn’t realize you could make them in the microwave. I will be giving this a try.
This sounds cool and interesting, I’m surely going to try this out!
I think this will taste really good! Can’t wait to try this out thanks for sharing this with us
Wow, I bet the taste was so good! Can’t wait to try this too
Oh wow. I love kale chips but never thought to microwave the kale to create them!
I will have to try these kale chips – glad I can make them in the microwave. Maybe my kids will actually eat kale!
What??! I’m bookmarking this so I can make it. I had NO idea you could do this so easily!
Thank you for sharing this microwave kale chips recipe. It’s an excellent alternative to traditional oven-baked kale chips, and I’m excited to try it out myself. . Your recipe is such a clever and time-saving technique for making a delicious and healthy snack.
I’ve never tried making kale chips before. These easy to follow instructions have inspired me to give it a try. They sound deliciously healthy!
Hhhhhmmmm….this is my first time hearing of kale chips. I like my meals as nutritious as possible. So, I will be giving this leafy vegetable a try!
I don’t know a lot about this until I read your blog. Its interesting I got to say and will share it with my aunt as well. She is interested in things like this.
Its so simple and easy. I would love to try these kale chips. I feel like you cannot stop at just eating one, just like potato chips. Great for parties too.
I have to give this a try, they look super healthy and a nice way to enjoy kale. Looks very easy to do.
Great to hear about your new way of making kale chips! Growing your own kale is rewarding and it’s awesome that your kids love them too. Keep it up!