If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy side dish, look no further than collard greens! In this article, I’ll instruct you on how to cook collard greens southern style. Besides, you also will learn how to prepare collard greens before cooking.

1. How To Prepare Collard Greens

  • How To Wash Collard Greens

Wash collard greens thoroughly before cooking to remove any dirt or debris. Fill a large bowl with cold water and add the collard greens. Swish the greens around in the water and then let them soak for 5 minutes. Drain the water and repeat this process until the water is clear.

  • How To Cut Collard Greens

Cutting collard greens is simple. First, remove the tough stem from the center of each leaf. Next, stack several leaves on top of each other and roll them up tightly. Finally, use a sharp knife to slice the rolled-up leaves into thin strips.

2. How To Cook Collard Greens


  • 2 large bunch of collard greens ( prepared )
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes


Step 1: Heat oil in a large saucepan until hot. Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until softened.

Step 2: Next, add 3 cups of chicken broth, salt, black pepper powder, and cayenne pepper to a saucepan, and stir well then add prepared collard greens. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes or until collard greens are tender. Add more chicken broth if needed. Every 10 minutes, you should stir the greens once.

Step 3: Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat then add bacon pieces and cook for 8 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Turn off the stove and remove the bacon from the skillet

Step 4: Transfer collard greens are tender to a dish and mix them in the crispy bacon and apple cider vinegar. Serve immediately

How To Cook Collard Greens

3. What To Serve With Sauteed Collard Greens Southern Style?

Cornbread: A classic Southern side dish that pairs well with collard greens. The sweet and savory flavors complement each other perfectly.

Fried Chicken: A popular Southern dish that pairs well with collard greens. The crispy skin and juicy meat of the fried chicken are a great contrast to the tender collard greens.

Black-eyed Peas: A nutritious and flavorful side dish that pairs well with collard greens. The earthy flavors of the black-eyed peas complement the savory flavors of the collard greens.

Mac and Cheese: Creamy and cheesy mac and cheese is a great comfort food that pairs well with the earthy flavors of collard greens.

Sweet Potatoes: Roasted or mashed sweet potatoes are a nutritious and delicious side dish that pairs well with collard greens.

Pork Chops: Grilled or pan-fried pork chops are a great protein source that pairs well with the savory flavors of collard greens.

Grits: Creamy and delicious grits are a popular Southern side dish that pairs well with collard greens. The flavors and textures of the two dishes complement each other perfectly.

Now, you know how to make collard greens taste good! With just a few simple steps, you can have a tasty dish that is packed with nutrients. If you want to make vegan southern collard greens recipe, you can skip step 3. Good Luck

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