Kale or Swiss Chard Fries

Serves: 2-4


Kale or Chard Fries
2-3 cups vegetable oil for frying
Stems from 2 bunches kale or chard, cut into 2- inch pieces (mix and match; use stems from 1 bunch of each!)
1 cup cold water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper


In a deep pan, heat the oil to 350°F.

While oil is coming to temperature, mix the water, flour and egg in a small bowl, until moistened but some lumps remain.

Dip the stems into the batter and then carefully drop battered stems into the hot oil.  Fry in batches for about 1 minute or until light golden brown. Using tongs, remove the fries from the oil and drain well on a bed of paper towels.

In a small bowl, mix sesame seeds, salt, coriander, ginger and cayenne.

Sprinkle the seasoning over the fries. Serve immediately.

Popular vegetable substitutions include: Kale or Rainbow Chard or Tuscan Kale
Kale or Swiss Chard Fries

Recipe and photo by Cheryl D. Lee, Black Girl Chef’s Whites

Talk about eating kale or chard “from nose to tail.” After you have stripped the leaves off the stems of kale and/or chard for your salad or other recipe, use those stems to make light, crunchy, seasoned fries!