Quick collard greens are a flavorful and nutritious side dish that can be prepared in no time. With minimal ingredients and simple cooking techniques, you can create a delightful dish that is both tender and packed with flavor. The hearty collard greens are quickly cooked, allowing them to retain their vibrant color and texture. Whether sautéed with garlic and a splash of vinegar or cooked with bacon for added richness, quick collard greens offer a delightful combination of tastes. Embrace the simplicity of preparing this dish and savor its deliciousness as a nutritious addition to your meal.

Quick Collard Greens Recipe

Kate from Cookie and Kate
Quick collard greens are a flavorful and nutritious side dish that can be prepared in no time.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 large bunch collard greens (~10 oz)
  • 1.5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed or minced)
  • A pinch red pepper flakes (optional, scale back or omit if sensitive to spice)
  • A couple lemon wedges (for serving)


  • To prepare the collards: Cut out the thick center rib out of each collard green. Stack the rib-less greens and roll them up into a cigar-like shape. Slice over the “cigar” as thinly as possible (⅛″ to ¼″) to make long strands. Shake up the greens and give them a few chops so the strands aren’t so long.
  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, then add the olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add all of the collard greens and the salt.
  • Stir until all of the greens are lightly coated in oil, then let them cook for about 30 seconds before stirring again. Continue stirring in 30-second intervals until the greens are wilted, dark green, and some are starting to turn browns on the edges (this is delicious). This will take between 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Once the collards are just about done, add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to break up the garlic and cook until it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Immediately divide the cooked collards onto plates, and serve with a lemon wedge each.


This recipe came from the Cookie and Kate blog.

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