Sauteed Swiss chard on a white plate with raw chard in background.

How To Cook Swiss Chard Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Colorful Swiss chard is best when cooked simply, like in this recipe where it’s simmered in a little bit of salted water and then tossed with butter.


  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, about 10 large stems
  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter


  1. To a medium saucepan add 1 inch of water and the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. 
  2. Put the Swiss chard leaves into a large colander and rinse them well under cold water. Shake off excess water.
  3. Peel the leaves from the stems, keeping the leaves and stems in separate piles.
  4. Roughly chop the leaves. Cut stems into 2-inch pieces. 
  5. Add stems to the boiling salted water in the saucepan. Stir. Reduce to a simmer and cook 3 and ½ minutes. Add leaves, cook 1 and ½ minutes more. Test that stems are fork-tender.
  6. Strain water from pan. Add butter, stir to coat. Serve warm.

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