Roasted Swiss Chard Stems

Roasted swiss chard recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
32 Calories
3g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you cook up Swiss chard leaves, make delicious use of the leftover stems by roasting them. It's a simple way to use the stems that might otherwise be discarded and a quick no-waste cooking recipe. The roasted Swiss chard stems make a great veggie side dish for any meal. Chard pairs particularly well with cured meats like ham and bacon, as well as lamb. It's also excellent with garlic pasta dishes, eggplant, and tomatoes for vegetarian and vegan meals.

When cooking Swiss chard, the leaves are almost always separated from the stems. That's because the leaves are naturally far more tender than the stems, which can be tough and fibrous, so they require different cooking times. To stem Swiss chard, rinse off any dirt, fold the chard in half so the two parts of the leaf overlap, then run your knife down the stem. You can make this dish with just a bunch or two of Swiss chard or as much as you have on hand.

The recipe is straightforward: Roast the Swiss chard stems drizzled in olive oil and seasoned with salt for about 30 minutes. The stems are covered with foil for the first portion of that cooking time to trap in steam, then uncovered for the remainder to ensure the stems come out of the oven nice and tender. This also reduces some of the chard's natural bitterness to create a sweeter flavor reminiscent of roasted beets. Adding a squirt of fresh lemon juice when plating gives it a tasty boost. If you'd like to add some freshly chopped herbs, basil, cilantro, and thyme are well-suited to Swiss chard.


  • Stems from 1 to 2 bunches of chard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh lemon juice, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

    Ingredients for swiss chard
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  2. Rinse the chard stems, pat dry, and trim off any brown bits.

    Rinse chard stems
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  3. Use about half the oil to coat the bottom of a gratin dish or other baking dish that will hold the stems in a single layer. Lay stems in the dish, drizzle with remaining oil, and sprinkle with salt.

    Oil in pan
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  4. Cover the baking dish with foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until chard stems are tender and start to brown, about 20 more minutes.

    Bake swiss chard
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  5. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

    Serve roasted swiss chard
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