Can You Put Kale In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Kale is a nutritious vegetable and we like to include kale in our diet as it contains many beneficial minerals and antioxidants. As well as many vitamins and fibre.  Many times we get fed up with eating the same textures day after day and meal after meal.

Which is why air fried kale is such a great alternative way of cooking kale.

Why You’ll Love Air Fried kale

We’re sure you’ll love air fried kale because;

  • It cooks fast
  • It’s healthy
  • It adds texture 

How To Cook Kale In An Air Fryer

This simple recipe makes the most of the air fryer’s ability to cook food crisp.


  • 100g (3 cups) of Kale
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C (350 F)
  2. Wash and dry the kale
  3. Slice the kale leaves into thin strips
  4. Place the kale strips into the air fryer basket 
  5. Season with salt and spray with oil
  6. Cook for 2 minutes
  7. Shake the basket and cook for a further 1 minute
  8. Serve

Air Fried Kale Cooking Tips

  • You can leave the thick stalks in the kale leaves or remove them if you prefer
  • As all air fryers are different, cooking times are for guidance only
  • You can add 1 teaspoon of paprika to add flavour
  • You can place an air fryer rack on top of the kale to prevent it from flying around in the air fryer

How To Make Kale Crisps In An Air Fryer

You can make tasty kale crisps in around 10 minutes using this simple recipe.


  • 100g (3 cups) of Kale
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt


  1. Wash and dry the kale remove the spine of the leaves
  2. Tear the leaves into bite sized pieces
  3. Spray the leaves with oil
  4. And sprinkle with salt
  5. Place the kale pieces in the air fryer basket in a single layer
  6. Place a air fryer wire rack over the kale
  7. Air fry at 190 C (375 F) for 3 minutes
  8. Remove the rack and shake the kale pieces
  9. Replace the rack and cook for a further 2 minutes or until crispy
  10. Serve

Air Fried Kale Crisps Cooking Tips

  • You can use any type of cabbage leaves for this, it doesn’t have to only be kale
  • You can use any seasonings you prefer
  • Use a Spray bottle or oil mister for coating the kale in oil
  • Cooking times are for guidance only

Air Fryer Kale Crisps Alternative Seasonings

You can stick to using just salt or you could use;

  • Paprika
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Your own favourite seasonings

Please let us know your favourite seasonings for kale crisps in the comments.

Why don’t Elton John like kale?
Because he’s more of a rocket-man!


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better to steam or air fry kale?

Air frying kale gives it that crispy stronger tasting flavour and texture. Whereas steaming kale gives a softer, less flavoursome experience. Both have their place. It all depends on the meal you are cooking and the mood you’re trying to create.

Is kale healthier fresh or cooked?

There is some scientific evidence that backs up the point that raw kale contains more nutrients, however, cooked kale is still packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Does kale lose nutrients when air fried?

Kale is less likely to lose nutrients when cooked in an air fryer compared to boiling or steaming.

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