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Steamed Swiss Chard

Steamed Swiss chard with garlic and olive oil, probably the simplest way of cooking chard. A delicious, aromatic side dish that makes the most of these beautiful greens.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 90kcal
Author Adina


  • 1 lb Swiss chard 500 g
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes optional (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • fine sea salt and black pepper


  • Clean the Swiss chard very thoroughly but don't dry it (Note).
  • Cut the stems into 2 cm/ 0.8 inch pieces and the leaves into 3-4 cm/ 1.2-1.6 inches slices. Thinly slice the garlic.
  • Saute garlic: Heat the olive oil in a very large pot. Add the garlic slices and the chili flakes (if using). Stir them very briefly and continuously, the garlic should only begin to get golden, it will not need any longer than 30-40 seconds.
  • Steam chard: Add the wet greens, one tablespoon lemon juice, stir well but quickly and place the lid on the pot. Steam for about 8 minutes, the stems should be tender but not completely soft.
  • Remove the lid, stir well, and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the chard is done to your liking.
  • Adjust the taste with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice. I always add extra lemon juice, it really uplifts the earthy flavors. Serve immediately.


Wash the leaves one at a time concentrating on their lower part, that’s where they are often plastered with dried soil.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 374mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g