Tamari Roasted Kale

Tamari Roasted Kale is a healthy, low fat snack or side dish. You don’t need oil to make this deliciously cripsy chip.

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A few years ago we finally started eating kale.  I don’t know what took us so long but we have never looked back.  I use to love to roast it with olive oil but my husband told me about a recipe he saw using tamari.  Well we have tamari so why not?  I wasn’t sure how the tamari would do with crisping the kale but what did we have to lose.  I tried Tamari Roasted Kale while we were test tasting a Valentine’s dinner.  It was delicious and crisped really well.  I tried it with some different spices and settled on a family favorite, Sumac.  You can use smoked paprika instead.  I bought some sumac after our daughter was eating it with a spoon at a local Persian restaurant.

Remembering the night we made this dish makes me smile.  It was a collaborative effort.  We were test tasting a Valentine’s dinner and this was one of the components.  My husband was taking some pictures of the main dish for me.  He is the photographer of the family.  I am learning, slowly!  He rarely has time to take pictures for me anymore so I have been getting a lot of practice.  I really need to read the manual but it is huge!  Learning to use the camera is my #1 goal for my blog and I haven’t started yet.  I need to get on the ball.

Tamari sauce is very similar to soy sauce but you can substitute soy sauce if you would like.  We pretty much only use tamari anymore.  It has a little more flavor and is wheat free.  Luckily for us, wheat is one of the few things we don’t have to worry about.  In this case, the tamari was a great substitute for oil.  It helped reduce the fat of this dish and stay within my husband’s cardiologist’s recommendations.

You don’t need to save this dish for a special night.  It is very quick to make on any weeknight.  You can even have the Tamari Roasted Kale for a snack.  Ok, it doesn’t really taste like potato chips but it is crunchy and salty.  The perfect requirements of a good snack.

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Yields 4 servings

Tamari Roasted Kale

5 minPrep Time

7 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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  • 8 oz chopped kale
  • 1 tbsp. reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp. sumac or smoky paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients.
  3. Pour onto a large baking sheet or 2 small ones. Spread out the kale into an even single layer.
  4. Bake for approximately 7 minutes. You want the kale crisp but not overly brown.



  1. Well until I read your ingredient list I had no idea what tamari was. I am glad you taught me something today! I need to try to eat healthier food. I like Kale in my soups so I bet I would like it roasted too. Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!
  2. Love kale! I never thought of using tamari. Great idea. I have a recipe for black pepper Parmesan kale over on my blog. It's addictive. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Your Tamari Roasted Kale looks delicious, can't wait to taste it. Hope you are having a great Valentine weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  4. Serendipity I just had kale last night that was unusually prepared with anchovy flakes? I love the idea of roasting it. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us on foodie friday.


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