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Asian sautéed Swiss chard in a tan ceramic bowl

Asian Sautéed Swiss Chard

  • Author: Allison Campbell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Swiss chard recipe is easy, delicious and healthy! Learn how to cook with Swiss chard and make a crowd-pleasing, versatile side dish.


  • 2 bunches (about 8 cups chopped) Swiss chard, any variety (green chard, red chard, rainbow chard, or mix and match)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • black sesame seeds (optional, for garnish)

For the Asian dressing:

  • 1/4 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 scallion
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, or more to taste


  1. Prep: Wash and trim the Swiss chard leaves and then cut the thick stem out of each leaf by cutting down along each side of it. Chop the stem into small, bite sized pieces, set aside, and then roughly chop the leaves of the chard into larger (1-2 inch) pieces; set aside.
  2. Make the dressing: Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a glass measuring cup or small bowl and use a whisk to incorporate.
  3. Sauté: Warm a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil shimmers, add the chopped stems and sauté for a few minutes until they soften a bit. Add the leaves along with the water, cover, and steam for a minute or two, stirring a few times to mix the stems with the leaves until the leaves are just bright green (don't steam for too long.)
  4. Combine: Remove the chard from the skillet and place in a medium serving bowl. Pour the dressing over the chard and mix to coat. Garnish with black sesame seeds if desired.
  5. Enjoy: Serve immediately, and enjoy! Leftovers will stay fresh for up to one day in the fridge.

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