Crispy kale, often known as kale crisps or kale chips, can be made in just 5 minutes in the air fryer. Air Fryer Kale mades a delicious side dish or snack, or even stirred into pasta. Deliciously salty and crispy kale is the BEST way to eat kale.
Crispy kale is so easy to make in the air fryer, and it takes just 5 minutes from start to finish and you only need 3 ingredients. A low calories snack or side dish, this will impress even people that think they don't like kale!
Kale has lots of nutritional benefits, such as being high in fibre, which can help with digestion and cooking kale in the air fryer means that you can use less oil and still get it nice and crispy. Kale is also a good source of vitamins A, B, C & K as well as calcium and potassium.
Why you will love it
- Healthy snack - We are big fans of snacking and definitely think that snacks can be part of a healthy diet. As well as things like biscuits and cakes, we like trying to find more nutrient dense things to snack on and this air fryer kale is perfect for that. They have all the saltiness of a savoury snack, but full of nutrients too.
- Adaptable - Once you have the kale and oil, there are lots of different ways that you can adapt the recipe will different seasoning. We even have some dip suggestions.
- A delicious way to enjoy kale - Think you don't like kale? Just give this a go! If you have a lot of kale in your vegetable box, then this is a great way to use it up so that nothing goes to waste.
- Kids LOVE it - You might not think that kale is a kid's favourite, but when it is cooked like this and nice and crispy, it is a big hit.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Kale - The star of the recipe. We used green curly kale, but there are other options. You could use cavolo nero, which has larger leaves and would be easier for dipping. But we prefer curly kale because it's easier to find and also more budget friendly.
- Oil - This is what gets the kale nice and crispy. Try to use the best quality olive oil you can, as you really will be able to taste the difference.
- Salt - This is all you really need to season the kale, but there are other options too.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make air fryer kale - Step by step
One: Put the washed and dried kale into the air fryer. Add the oil and salt and mix well to coat all the kale.
Two: Cook at 190°C for 4-5 minutes.
What to serve with Air Fryer Kale
This is meant to be served as a snack, so we wouldn't serve anything on the side of it. However, these are really good dipped in our Healthier Ranch Dressing. You could need fairly big kale leaves, to be able to hold them for dipping.
You don't just have to serve these as a snack though, and we love them on top of noodle dish, as the crispiness adds a really lovely texture to the soft noodles. Why not try our super tasty Soy Sauce Noodles, quick and easy 10 Minute Sticky Ginger Beef, delicious Soy Ginger Salmon Noodles or our impressive Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry?
- Spice - If you want to add some spice, then you can sprinkle them with some cayenne before they go in the air fryer.
- Garlic - Don't use fresh garlic, as it will burn. Add some garlic granules before cooking for some garlic flavour.
- Cheesy - A tablespoon of nutritional yeast gives these air fryer kale chips a lovely cheesy flavour.
- Smoky - Some smoked paprika will give the air fryer kale a nice smoky flavour.
- Asian - For some Asian flavour, add a splash of soy sauce.
- Vinegar - A little bit of vinegar with the salt gives it that salt and pepper crisp flavour.
Store: Allow them to cool completely and then store in an air tight container. They will keep for 2-3 days, if you can stop yourself from eating them for that long.
Freeze: No, we wouldn't recommend freezing these. Once defrosted they get a big soggy.
Reheat: You can reheat them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can. If you want an oven version of this, follow our recipe for Kale Crisps.
If yours is not crispy, then it is likely that the kale was not dried properly when washed. If there is too much water on the leaves, then the heat in the air fryer will turn it to steam and you will get steamed soggy kale rather than crispy.
Yes, this is a delicious vegan snack. Just make sure that you don't add the optional Parmesan. You could add some nutritional yeast if you wanted some cheesy flavour, but still keep it vegan.
Yes, these are gluten free. Just make sure that there is no cross contamination.
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Air Fryer Kale
- 100 g (3.5 oz) Kale - washed and patted dry
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Sea salt
- Put 100 g Kale into the air fryer. Add 1 tablespoon Olive oil and 1 teaspoon Sea salt and mix well to coat all the kale.
- Cook at 190°C for 4-5 minutes.
- Don't throw away the kale stems. They can be kept in a freezer bag in the freezer to make stock with.
- Keep checking the kale, as all air fryers cook at different rates and you don't want it to burn.
- These are best eaten straight from the air fryer so they are still nice and crispy.
- Don't forget to remove the kale stalks, as they won't get crispy.
- Try using green and purple kale to give it a mix of colour.
- Make sure the kale is fully dried after washing, as water on it means the kale steams, rather then getting crispy. You could use a salad spinner to get it really crispy.
- Don't be tempted to use too much oil, as it makes them go soggy.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.