Collard Greens

Collard Greens or Collards are a staple in many Southern dishes traditionally, collards are prepared with ham hocks and other pork for flavor and richness. Collard Greens cooked in a long, slow braise.



Collard Greens

For a traditional Southern dish serve with fried chicken, black eyed peas and corn bread. Great with any meal, collard greens are a dark green vegetable that is very good for you and taste good too!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine U.S. Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 99 kcal
Author Laurie


  • 2 bunches collard greens about 1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped
  • 2 garlic clove minced
  • 4 bacon slices minced (optional)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)
  • salt and pepper and 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Carefully clean the collards to remove all of the sand and grit. Cut out the center core, stem, it is very tough. Stack the leaves, roll them up and cut them into thin 1 inch strips that are about 4 or 5 inches long.

  2. Heat your skillet to medium and add oil, and garlic, add the bacon if you are using it. Then just add your greens (these will shrink down a lot so you can do it in a small pan) and stir just until all greens have just turned bright green, usually not more than 3 minutes.
  3. Turn up to medium-hot and fry for 30 more seconds or until greens are just tender. Add the vinegar and sugar. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  4. Toss with salt and pepper and cayenne to taste .

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 298mg 12%
Potassium 95mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 106%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 9%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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