If you’ve ever wondered how to cook Swiss chard, we’ve got the answers! Also, we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to enjoy those leafy greens: a simple sautéed swiss chard recipe with garlic.
How to Cook Swiss Chard: All the Many Ways
Considered part of the beet family, Swiss chard grows well in both cool and warm climates. It has large, deep green leaves around strong, long stems. There are several varieties of Swiss chard including green with white stems, green with red stems, and rainbow chard (stems are a mix of yellow, pinks and purples). You can cook all the different varieties of chard in the same way.
Both the Swiss chard leaves and stems can be eaten either raw or cooked making it a very versatile plant. You can plant Swiss chard the same as other green leafy vegetables such as beets. With so many ways to cook Swiss chard, you won’t be disappointed!
Fresh Swiss chard is a tasty option for adding to healthy green leaf salad. After washing, simply chop the dark green leaves and stems into smaller pieces. Enjoy them on their own with a lemon juice vinegarette, or mix them with other leafy green vegetables with your favourite dressing.
Since Swiss chard tends to be hard or rather “tough”, especially the stem, it is best to boil it in water to help soften. We recently shared this traditional blitva recipe, a Croatian boiled Swiss chard with red potatoes side dish we’re sure you’ll love.
Baking is another great way to cook Swiss chard. Simply break up the leaves into course pieces and place them on a baking sheet with a little olive oil and salt to make swiss chard chips, similar to kale chips.
Another method for softening the stems and leaves is to steam. Simply add the chopped Swiss chard into steamer (or a double boiler works well too). Steam over rolling water until a fork can easily pass through the stems (about 5-8 minutes).
Swiss chard can be sauteed from fresh but it’s best to add some form of liquid, such as tomato juice (or water) for moisture. When we cook with Swiss chard, it’s usually a combination of boiling or steaming along with sauteing.
High in vitamins A, C and K, adding chard to your diet is a healthy choice. Also a good source of magnesium, iron and dietary fiber.
How to Clean Swiss Chard
Whether you’ve picked up some of this leafy green vegetable at the grocery store, farmers market or from your own garden, you’ll want to clean it thoroughly before using. Clean your Swiss chard as you would lettuce or other leafy veggies. Start by filling a large bowl (or your sink) with cold water and let it soak for a couple of minutes. Next, gently scrub the chard stalks with your fingers to remove any dirt. You can then rinse the large leaves and place on some paper towels to dry (or use a salad spinner).
Simple Sauteed Swiss Chard Recipe with Garlic
- 5 cups Swiss chard, cut into 4” long pieces
- 10 cloves garlic, chopped medium sized
- 2 tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper
- Cut the cleaned Swiss chard into 4" long pieces.
- Add water to a medium sized pot and bring to boil.
- Add Swiss chard to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.
- Drain, saving ½ cup of the broth (liquid) for sauteeing.
- Add 2 tbsp butter to a frying pan or large skillet and cook on medium heat.
- Add chopped garlic to the pan with melted butter. Add salt and pepper and then mix together.
- Saute garlic for about 2 minutes. Before the garlic begins to brown, add the Swiss chard and broth to the pan.
- Mix together and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and serve hot.
And that’s it! You’ve made a delicious side dish with this simple swiss chard recipe in no time!
Looking for More Easy Swiss Chard Recipes?
Try out these delicious recipes to make with Swiss chard:
- Stems of Swiss chard with provolone white sauce and crunchy breadcrumbs;
- Creamy pasta with Italian sausage and chard;
- Vegetarian Swiss chard and pinto bean burritos
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