How To Cook Swiss Chard

This vegetable is fun to use for its colorful veins and stalks. Swiss chard makes for a great side dish and you don’t need many ingredients to prepare it.  Ingredients needed are Swiss chard, olive oil, garlic, pepper, salt, and pepper flakes if you would like a spicier taste to it.  First, you will want to rinse the Swiss chard and then cut off the ends, they are normally dry. After cutting the chard, heat olive oil for a minute or two in pan. Add in the Swiss chard and let sit for a minute. Finally add in the rest of the ingredients to the pan.  This can be an alternative to spinach for a side dish. In this videocooking lesson, Chef Thomas demonstrates the steps to preparing this dish. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Swiss Chard Recipe:


1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard
1 small clove garlic, sliced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp water
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon butter


1. Rinse out the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk, discard or save for another recipe (such as this Swiss chard ribs with cream and pasta). Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips.

2. Heat a saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices of garlic and the crushed red pepper. Sauté for about a minute. Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves. Cover. Check after about 5 minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Flip the leaves over in the pan, so that what was on the bottom, is now on the top. Cover again. Check for doneness after another 5 minutes (remove a piece and taste it). Add salt to taste, and a small amount of butter. Remove the swiss chard to a serving dish.

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