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How to Cook Collard Greens the Southern Way

How to Cook Collard Greens the Southern Way

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Stove


  • 2 to 3 Bundles of Fresh Collard Greens
  • Salt (as needed)
  • Pepper
  • 1 Packet of Cured Meat (smoked neck bone, ham, or fatback) This is specifically used for flavoring purposes
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water


  • Before we can even think about cooking our collard greens, we have to make sure that we clean them throughly. Collard greens come straight from the soil and dirt. So you may need to clean a few times before we cut them.
  • Once we've throughly cleaned our greens, we're going to remove them from the stalk.
  • Then, you roll your collard greens 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.
  • Now, that you've finished cutting your collard greens. You need to prepare your cured meat. It always add a great deal of flavor to 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.
  • Now, that your neck bones have seared, you can finally add your collard greens.
  • Add a cup of water, a pinch of salt, and pepper cover with lid, and allow them to cook on medium heat to your desired tenderness.
  • You will cook your collard greens for about 45-50 minutes on medium heat.
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