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How Long to Cook Collard Greens

Want to know how long to cook collard greens on the stove, baked in the oven, easy slow cooker collard greens or in a pressure cooker? We have instructions for you here. With ham hocks or without meat this is a popular Southern side dish we all love.

Sautéed Collard Greens

We will discuss cooking collard greens on the stove below as well as other methods you might enjoy. Each one has it’s pros and cons but all of them create a buttery savory side dish of greens that you’ll love. Try them all and see which you like best. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook Collard Greens

How to Cook Collard Greens with smoked turkey necks is another way people love this. If you wanted to do both I would recommend that that you boil turkey necks first to tender, and then add them in at the beginning of this cooking process so those flavors can permeate the leaves together.

Another way to add a ton of flavor is to slow cook with smoked ham hocks, this is best made in a Crockpot together. You don’t have to add protein into the mix at all though if you don’t want. If seasoned well it is a nice substitute to spinach with more vitamins and minerals. A superfood of sorts.

How to Cook Collard Greens

Sautéed Collard Greens

Below we are going to show you how to use a Dutch Oven or cast iron skillet to make this easy collard greens recipe. A regular non stick pan would work as well but you want one large enough as the leaves start out quite large and shrink as they wilt over time. For this method you would;

  • Put a cast iron or large skillet over medium heat and add your butter until it melts.
  • Rinse greens, pat dry with paper towels and cut into large bite size pieces.
  • Add into pan and saute on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Add in milk and garlic powder and saute for another 3-5 minutes or until it becomes as softened as you would like.

If you wanted to add bacon, dice up and add into skillet first over medium heat. Cook until cooked but not super crispy. Leave grease in for added flavor, then proceed to first step listed here and proceed to the rest. This is how long to cook black eyed peas if you want to combine them and serve together.

How to Cook Collard Greens on the Stove

How to Cook Collard Greens on the Stove

Baked Collard Greens in Oven

You are going to use 1 bunch for this, with tough stems removed and leaves folded in half. discard the stems so all you have are the leafy greens left. It is very similar to baked kale chips really, except you don’t want these to be crunchy.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes or other seasonings of your choice

Instructions step by step are here. Season with salt and pepper or others you prefer. Chopped up pieces of cooked bacon could be added on to the sheet pan if desired.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Clean collard greens by rinsing the leaves thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
  4. Remove the stems by folding the leaf in half and cutting along the stem. Discard the stems or save them for another use.
  5. Stack the fresh collard green leaves on top of each other, then roll them tightly into a few paper towels. Slice the rolled leaves into thin ribbons, about 1/2-inch wide.
  6. Add the greens into a large mixing bowl. Add the garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings you prefer. Toss everything together until they are well coated with the oil and seasonings.
  7. Spread leaves evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Avoid overcrowding the sheet to ensure proper roasting.
  8. Bake the collard greens in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are crispy and slightly browned around the edges. Stir the greens halfway through the baking time to ensure even cooking.
  9. Once done, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the greens cooked allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve them as a side dish or a healthy snack.

Baking collard greens in the oven gives them a crispy texture while retaining their natural flavors. Feel free to adjust the seasonings and cooking time according to your taste preferences.

How Long to Cook Collard Greens

How to Cook Collard Greens without Meat

If I have leftover ham after the holidays I will throw that in at the beginning. Other than that I’ll add a handful of bacon bits works well with a bit of texture and flavoring the overall dish. If I do add proteins there isn’t much need for salt at all.

Pressure Cooker Collard Greens

We have made our Instant Pot collard greens with or without meat. You can use any sort of brand you have to make it under high pressure. I have them all, a Mealthy, Crockpot Express and Ninja Foodi as well. Plus to this is the cook time. You could really just use the saute function and not even wait until it comes to pressure at all, either way works.

Add onions and garlic minced if you like, use chicken broth instead of water for more flavor and a bit of sodium. There are many ways you can tweak it to your liking.

instant pot collard greens recipe
Can you cook collard greens too long?

Yes, collard greens can become overcooked if they are sauted or baked for too long. Overcooking can result in a mushy texture and a loss of their vibrant green color. It’s best to cook these green leaves until they are tender but still retain some of their texture and color. Keep an eye on them while they are cooking and test them for doneness periodically

How do you cook collard greens without them being bitter?

Blanching is a common technique to leach out the bitterness of collard greens leaves. Then saute in butter and season the with salt, pepper, and any other spices or seasonings you prefer. Some common additions include smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, vinegar, or a squeeze of lemon juice.

If you want to know how to blanch vegetables we have directions here for you. This is recommended if you really want to tame the flavor and/or don’t want to saute in butter (which will have the same affect).

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How Long to Cook Collard Greens

How long to cook collard greens on the stove, slow cooker, Instant Pot or in the oven is here. Collard green recipes are healthy and delish.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, buttered, collard greens, sauteed
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 83kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 cast iron skillet
  • 1 cutting board

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse leaves, slice the middle thick rib off and discard. Wrap leaves in paper towels and roll up to remove the water. Unroll and slice into large bite size pieces.
  • ** If you wanted to add bacon, dice up and add into skillet first over medium heat. Cook until cooked but not super crispy. Leave grease in for added flavor, then proceed to first step listed here and proceed to the rest.
  • Put a cast iron or large skillet over medium heat and add your butter until it melts. Add into pan and saute on medium for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in milk and garlic powder and saute for another 3-5 minutes or until it becomes as softened as you would like.
  • Season as you would like and serve.

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Nutrition Facts
How Long to Cook Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 90mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2051IU41%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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