Spicy Simmered Eggs with Kale

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This simple, rustic dish is both healthy and hearty. First, kale is braised with fragrant garlic, green onions and lemon juice, then protein-rich eggs are then nestled into the bed of kale, where they gently simmer to perfection. A finishing garnish of red pepper flakes adds the perfect amount of contrasting heat.


Spicy Simmered Eggs with Kale


2 Tbs. unsalted butter

4 green onions, white and light green portions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 bunches kale, tough stems removed, leaves roughly chopped

1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more, to taste

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

4 eggs

Red pepper flakes, to taste


In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the green onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add half of the kale and sauté, stirring frequently until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining kale and repeat. Add the broth, the 1/2 tsp. salt and the 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the kale softens, about 6 minutes.


Using the back of a spoon, create a pocket for each egg in the kale. Crack 1 egg into each pocket. Reduce the heat to medium-low and season the eggs with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and let the eggs cook until almost opaque, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the eggs rest, covered, until done to your taste. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve immediately. Serves 4.

10 comments about “Spicy Simmered Eggs with Kale

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    Wow..This looks like my mom’s dish. The chef must be Portuguese!! Awesome…

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  4. Jennifer C

    This recipe is good. I accidentally left out the chicken broth, but I think I got enough liquid from sauteing the greens and lemon juice. I will definitely keep this in the rotation.

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