These easy sea salt kale chips get perfectly crisp in the air fryer. They are healthy and delicious! This recipe takes no time at all to whip up, and you wind up with a tasty snack.
Have you discovered the magic of air fryer kale chips? I recently have.
Honestly, I didn't have plans to make these. But my grocery store pickup accidentally gave me curly kale instead of Tuscan kale. And curly kale is perfect for kale chips, so I whipped these up.
If you're new to the air fryer world, let me tell you that kale chips are a wonderful and easy thing to make in it!
If you're new to the kale chip world, let me tell you how tasty they are (if done properly) and are a healthy alternative to regular potato chips!
The air fryer gets these kale chips all crispy and delicious. Honestly, I love these air fryer kale chips even more than doing kale chips in the oven. And it's easier, too.
- Curly kale - This is the type of kale that is curly at its edges. It's found in the produce section of your grocery store.
- Olive oil - You can use any type of olive oil! You only use a touch in this recipe.
- Sea salt - This is for sprinkling on the kale chips after they're cooked.
What is the best type of kale to use?
I prefer using curly kale for kale chips. I find the curly part of the kale just crisps up so nicely. You can use Tuscan/dinosaur kale if that's what you have, but I've found curly kale to just work so well.
How to keep your chips from being bitter:
So kale certainly gets a bad rap for being kind of bitter tasting. And no one wants that. Maybe some people do. But there's an easy way to combat that! And that's to massage your kale before cooking. In this recipe for air fryer kale chips, you definitely want to spend a few minutes massaging your oil into the kale.
The first step is to wash and dry your kale. Next, cut up your curly kale. You'll want to cut the curly kale away from the tough center rib of the kale. After you remove the leaves from the rib, cut or tear them into large pieces.
Next, put your kale leaves in a bowl. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and then massage for 1-2 minutes so that the oil is massaged into all the leaves.
Some air fryers require preheating. If your air fryer does, preheat it. Then, add the curly kale to the tray of the air fryer.
Kale is so light that it can fly around in the air fryer. To keep that from happening, add a trivet on top or something to keep it from flying around.
Return the tray to your air fryer and cook at 380 degrees for 4-7 minutes, shaking halfway through. Different air fryers will cook slightly differently, and it also may depend on how much kale you have in your air fryer. So I typically cook, then start checking around 4 minutes, stopping when my kale chips have gotten nicely crispy.
Once my kale chips are nicely crisped, I remove them from the air fryer, add them to a plate, and sprinkle sea salt over the top.
Like this recipe? Try these!
- Sea salt kale chips
- Kale salad with apples and cheddar
- Sweet potato breakfast bowl
- Oven fries with garlic and parsley
Air Fryer Kale Chips
- 4 leaves curly kale
- olive oil
- sea salt
- Wash your kale, and then dry in a salad spinner or well with paper towels or dish towel.
- Take your kale and cut the leaves away from the center rib of the kale. Discard the ribs. Cut or tear the kale leaves into large pieces.
- Place the kale leaves in a bowl and drizzle just a bit of olive oil on the top. If you're not sure how much, start with 1 tsp. Massage the oil into the kale leaves with your hands for 1-2 minutes.
- Preheat your air fryer if needed.
- Add the kale to the air fryer basket, then cook at 380 for 4-7 minutes, shaking halfway.
- As cooking times can vary, start checking on the kale chips at 4 minutes, and return for more time if needed until kale chips are crispy, but not burned.
- Remove the kale chips from the basket and sprinkle with sea salt.
Nutrition values are based on an online calculator and are estimates. Please verify using your own data.