Baked kale chips.



Reasons why kale chips are the best things ever:

1. They taste like that amazing crispy ‘seaweed’ stuff that you get in Chinese restaurants.
2. They taste like that amazing crispy ‘seaweed’ stuff that you get in Chinese restaurants.
3. They taste like that amazing crispy ‘seaweed’ stuff that you get in Chinese restaurants.

They’re also healthy, easy to make, cheap etc. etc. but all you *really* need to know is that they taste like that incredible Chinese faux-seaweed stuff. That seaweed’s always been my favourite thing about having a Chinese takeaway. When I was little and we would have a takeaway for a treat, I would always beg my Mum to order two pots of seaweed so that I could gorge myself on the stuff. On the occasions she said yes, I knew I must’ve been killing it with good behaviour. Score.


So being able to make almost-seaweed at home is a pretty big deal, you see. I totally chipped-up and ate a whole bag of kale in no more than 48 hours. But it’s HEALTHY, so who cares! I always feel a bit smug when my food cravings end up being for healthy foods. Like last summer, when I became totally obsessed with snacking on pickled cucumbers. So satisfying, so few calories. WIN WIN!


To make, just take a bunch of fresh kale and place it all into a large bowl. Add in a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of flaky sea salt, and toss to coat the kale. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, and sprinkle with any extra seasoning you fancy. I used a smokey Turkish spice mix on half of this batch, made up of dried chillies, tomatoes, rosemary, paprika, and a whole host of other spices. Garlic salt, smoked paprika, or dried chilli flakes might be a nice addition.

Bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 170 degrees celsius. Keep a close eye on them, as they catch at the edges in the blink of an eye. When cooked, they should be dry and sound kind of…papery. Since I’m a salt fiend I always sprinkle a little extra salt on whilst they’re still hot from the oven, but it’s probably not all that advisable. Next time I make a batch I’m going to add a tiny pinch of brown sugar, and delight in the salty-sweet thing. Delicious.


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  • Freya

    Totally making some of this over the weekend!

  • Sophie


  • Nadine

    Hi Rosie,

    I actually made my very first batch of kale crisps last night. My boyfriend was suspicious first (all too green that stuff), but in the end we both loved it. I followed a simple recipe from A cup of Jo with sesame seeds. Here the link:

    I am intrigued by your chilli addition though. There might just has to follow a second batch tonight.


    PS: My father-in-law says Chinese crispy seaweed is kale. Don’t know if it’s true, but I love it too. I order it EVERY time.

  • Bhavi

    Yay! I can’t wait to try these, nice addition of the Turkish Mix. the brown sugar sounds amazing too. These would be great for a movie night.

    Thanks for the recipe.


  • Callie (@CallieThorpe)

    See, I am kind of torn with this I want to Love the Kale chips as I LOVE the seaweed from the Chinese however I got a box of Kale crisps last year from whole foods and they just weren’t that nice! Maybe it would be better if I seasoned it myself like you did… I think I may just have a go, no doubt I will be getting heap loads in my veg box over the next few months! x

  • Maria

    Oh man these look delicious! I know what I am doing with the kale from my fridge! :)

    Maria xxx

  • Lou

    Ah such lovely photos and a healthy snack. I’m so jealous of your access to kale – it is very hard to pin down in Paris because they haven’t totally understood what it is! xx

  • juni // hej juni

    I’ll have to try this the next time I’m craving for chips, sounds like a much healthier alternative!

  • Beth

    Love kale chips! I’ve never made my own before, but your post makes me want to try it. Maybe I’ll use my popcorn seasoning :)

  • Vivi

    I have to try this out! Great post :)

    xx Vivi

  • Tania

    I need to get my hands on Kale very soon and try this recipe!!! I’ve been craving it for so long now! x

  • kelsey

    Gonna have to try out making these! I love that Chinese seaweed stuff too…solo good!

    Kelsey xx

  • Jessica (Coco/Mingo)

    Love kale chips! This looks delicious! I will need to try making this!

  • dee

    Oh my goodness… those spices sound amazing.

  • toytulip

    Never did anything else with kale except juice/blend it. I will most definitely try this! :)

  • Latrina | oftreesandhues

    My husband and I just made us some baked kale to eat during movie night! We’ve been hearing how amazing they are and finally decided to try it. And loved it! :)

  • Bianca

    Hi Rosie! I actually only tried Kale for the first time the other day (I have a bit of a thing against anything green) I was surprised to find its slightly sweet taste. I quite like it! I’m going to try your recipe with the brown sugar today. Thank you for sharing xx

  • Lindley

    I’ve got to tackle this recipe! I have been meaning to make kale chips for days now and haven’t done so, it’s about time :)!

  • Rosie

    Mmm they do look good… and now I want the crispy seaweed too…
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Katy // rottenotter

    I was really hoping I’d like Kale chips but I made them the other week and hated it. Not sure if I cooked them too much but really didn’t like the texture, think they might have burnt a bit. Will have to give it another go. I do love the seaweed from Chinese restaurants though :) xx

  • Elena

    looks so yummy! definitely going to try this out!! xx

  • Sarah

    These look amazing! I LOVE seaweed and I can definitely get on board with anything sprinkled with chilli.

  • Angela

    I love kale chips; great flavour and really healthy, too! I haven’t made some for a while, so thanks for the reminder, Rosie!

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