How to Cook Collard Greens the Southern Way

Hey Y’all!

How to cook collard greens is a very serious topic that needs to be discussed. In  the South cooking collard greens is an art form.  In fact, there are a couple different ways to cook them, but many of  those ways are incorrect.  There is a misconception that you have to add onions, garlic, vinegar, and countless other pointless recipe items. Honestly, for a good pot of greens the only seasonings  needed are salt( as needed), pepper, and some type  of cured meat to flavor your greens.

In this post, I’m going to share  the proper way to cut, prepare, and cook collard greens.  Over the years I’ve noticed, people do not know how to properly prepare their collard greens. You’re not supposed to tear them off the stalk that’s disrespectful. You have to make them with love and cut them up tobacco style.

Keeping reading for the instructions of how to prepare collard greens and the beautiful finished southern staple.

List of Ingredients for Collard Greens

As always before we can cook anything we need  to make sure that we have a list of our ingredients. Since we’re cooking a pot of greens, our list of ingredients is going to be short.

How to properly cook collard greens


-Collard Greens

-Salt (as needed)


– Cured Meat ( I like to use a smoked neck bone, for flavor, but use can use ham, or fatback.)

-1 Tablespoon of oil

-1 Cup of Water

How to Clean Collard Greens

How to Chose the best Collard Greens Before we can even begin to cook our collard greens we must throughly clean them.  Collard greens come straight from the soil and dirt, so it’s important that you wash them.  You may even have to wash them a few times, and  that’s ok.  It’s imperative that they’re clean, before we can begin to cut them.

How to Properly Cut Your Collard Greens

How to Properly Cut Collard Greens How to Properly cut Collards

Once you have throughly cleaned and removed them from the stalk  you can begin to properly cut them.   You roll your collards tobacco style, and then you began to cut them.  I prefer to cut them into thin strips, because it’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

How to Cook Your Smoked Cured Meat

How to Season Collard Greens with Hamhocks

Once we’ve  finished cutting our collard greens, we can finally begin to prepare our cured meat.  I personally always like to add smoked neck bones to my collard greens. The cured meat adds a great deal of flavor to your greens, and it reduces the amount of salt that you need in your greens. As your pan is heating up,  you need to add  1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. We just want a nice sear to our neck bones,  and add some crispness to them.

It’s Time to Cook our Collard Greens

Now, that our neck bones have seared, we can finally add our collard greens.

  Add a cup of water, a pinch of salt, and pepper cover with lid, and allow to cook on medium heat to your desired tenderness.

How to Cook Collard Greens

You will cook your collard greens for about 45-50 minutes on medium heat.

Once your collard greens are done they will be ready to enjoy.  So I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t always need a meat to go with my greens. However, if you really need one  feel free to click here for my pot roast recipe. It’s the perfect meat for a wonderful plate of collard greens.

I hope you enjoyed  this delicious and easy collard greens recipe.

Feel free to let me know what you think  in the comment section.

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