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Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard

This Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard has just enough heat to get your attention and this is fun for a new way to cook healthy Swiss Chard! 

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Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard finished dish on serving plate

I started growing swiss chard in my garden about five years ago when my good friend Pat told me how you could cut the chard leaves and the plant would produce new ones over and over. That sounded good to me, and for several years now I’ve made tasty dishes using these easy-to-grow greens. 

This year I’ve neglected the swiss chard recipes, but I think I’m making up for it with this Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard. This could easily become my favorite way to cook Swiss Chard, it was that good.

I found a recipe for Asian-Style Chard in From Asparagus to Zucchini, A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce (affiliate link) but when Jake and I started to cook this we decided to spice it up quite a bit. I also used a lot less Hoisin Sauce, since it’s high in sugar, and added a few other tastes to the sauce.

Besides the great flavor, one thing I loved about this recipe was that is uses both the stems and the leaves of the chard, cooking the stems a few minutes before the leaves are added to the wok. If you have Swiss chard in your garden or CSA box, Jake and I both give this recipe two thumbs up! And check out my Salute to Swiss Chard for more Swiss Chard ideas!

What makes this recipe spicy?

Chili Garlic Sauce image of bottle

Several people on the Kalyn’s Kitchen Facebook Page had raved about this spicy Chili Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), so that’s what we used to add a little heat to the dish, but I think Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) or other types of Asian hot sauce would also work.

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How to Make Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1.  Chop the chard stems and leaves separately and wash if needed. Then heat the oil to medium-high and cook the stems about 2 minutes. (We used a wok, but you can use a large frying pan.)
  2. Have one tablespoon of finely minced garlic ready to go.
  3. Mix together soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), Hoisin sauce or Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce (affiliate link), Chili Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice to make the sauce. (I used to use a teaspoon of Black Bean Garlic Sauce in this, but when that got hard to find I just replaced it with soy sauce and didn’t notice much difference. But if you have some replace one teaspoon soy sauce with the Black Bean Garlic Sauce.)
  4. Add the garlic and chard leaves to the wok or frying pan and continue to cook, turning leaves over several times.
  5. Cook about 3 minutes, or until the leaves have all wilted down like this.
  6. Then add the sauce and cook until chard is tender, about 2-3 minutes longer. Serve hot.

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More Tasty Ways to Use Swiss Chard:

Baked Swiss Chard Stems with Olive Oil and Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Garlic, Chard, and Pecorino Romano Cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard finished dish on serving plate

Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard

Yield Makes 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

This Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard has just enough heat to get your attention.



  • 1 lb. swiss chard, stems and leaves chopped separately
  • 1 T peanut oil (see notes)
  • 1 T minced garlic

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 T soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 tsp. Hoisin sauce (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 tsp. Chili Garlic Sauce (start with 1 tsp. and taste to see if you want more heat)
  • 1 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)


  1. Cut stems away from swiss chard leaves, folding over the leaf to cut some of the larger part of the stem (ribs) that run through the leaves.
  2. Cut stems/ribs into short pieces.
  3. Pile the leaves up in a stack and slice about 1 inch thick; then turn the cutting board and cut the slices the other way, repeating until the chard is all chopped.
  4. Wash in a salad spinner if needed and spin dry.
  5. Mince enough garlic to make 1 tablespoon.
  6. Mix together the soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link), Hoisin sauce or Gluten-Free Hoisin Sauce (affiliate link), Chili Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice to make the sauce.
  7. Turn the heat under the wok (or large frying pan) to medium high, add the oil and heat until the oil is slightly shimmering.
  8. Add the chard stems and stir-fry about 2 minutes.
  9. Add the leaves and minced garlic and stir-fry for about 3 minutes more, turning leaves over several times until all the chard has wilted.
  10. Add the sauce and stir to combine it with the chard, then cook 2-3 minutes more, or until the chard is tender and all coated with sauce.
  11. Serve hot.


Use any neutral-flavored vegetable oil of your choice. I love Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener of your choice.

This recipe adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini, A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce. (affiliate link)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 711mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chard is a very nutritious low-carb vegetable, and everything about this Spicy Asian Stir-Fried Swiss Chard would be approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet, and most other types of low-carb eating plans, but be sure to look for Asian condiments with the lowest possible amounts of sugar because they can vary widely.

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    59 Comments on “Spicy Stir-Fried Swiss Chard”

  1. Janet I do love the young Swiss chard in salad. I'm hoping to get a few more pickings from mine.

  2. Even now in the fall, my Swiss chard is more baby like! I harvested a cup of Swiss chard this weekend for a delicious barley salad, though. Because the leaves were still young, the stems were a nice crunchy addition without any cooking! 🙂

    This looks like a great dish to try out when I can harvest more. 🙂

  3. Kathy, so glad he liked the coleslaw! This is really good, especially if you like things a little spicy.

  4. And there's yet another amazing side dish that will be added to our weeknight menu! Already have your butter bean salad slated for later this week. My husband almost single-handedly devoured the entire batch of your cole slaw I made last week. 🙂

  5. Thanks Cara. It was really good.

  6. I love swiss chard and chili garlic paste is one of my favorite ingredients. Sounds delicious!

  7. The picture makes me want to try this chard. Lovely.

  8. Barbara, we must have been typing at the same time. I can relate because I only started liking greens a few years ago myself. These have plenty of flavor, I promise.

  9. Donna, so glad I could give you a swiss chard recipe idea. I do recommend this one highly!

    Dara if only we lived closer. I could trade you swiss chard for Thai basil!

  10. I've only recently been eating greens that are cooked; it most certainly must have been a not so great Southern experience with Collard Greens that did me in.

    But I'm working through it and loving Kale and Chard so glad I gave them another change…and these look absolutely fabulous.

  11. Oh yes, that chili-garlic sauce is a favorite here. I often use it to give a little heat to peanut sauce. Your garden continues to amaze me, Kalyn!

  12. My garden is overflowing with our second batch of Swiss chard, so I am happy I visited you today!

    Cheers! Donna

  13. Deb, thanks and so glad you like the idea.

  14. Enticing flavor combination to complement the chard. I also cook the stems first, then add the leaves. This works wonderfully; to use the entire leaf. My family will enjoy this recipe, thanks for sharing.

  15. Thanks CJ, glad you like it. My brother does the headers, he's so creative!

  16. Kalyn, This chard looks delicious!
    Your page header is gorgeous too! All those beautifu jars. I love it.

  17. Joyous, sorry to hear about the earwigs. I haven't seen any this year (knock on wood!)

    Barbara, so you thought I had a new boyfriend named Jake, huh? It is a lot of fun cooking with him. And yes, silverbeet = swiss chard = chard. So many names!

  18. I missed your post about Jake so was a little confused when you mentioned Jake. Now I know who he is…it must be fun to cook with your nephew. I love cooking with my boys. They handle hot food much better than me and constantly argue over who can eat the hottest food.

    I think swiss chard is what we call silverbeet and I can see this recipe working well with it.

  19. Yumm – I have an abundance of Swiss Chard – even though the earwigs like it too. I've never thought of cooking it with an Asian twist – can't wait to try it.