Quick Collard Greens Recipe

Quick Collard Greens Recipe

How To Make Quick Collard Greens

These quick and easy collard greens are cooked in olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes, then served with a lemon wedge.

Preparation: 8 minutes
Cooking: 7 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



  • 10ozcollard greens,1 large bunch
  • tbspextra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼tspfine sea salt
  • 2medium cloves garlic,pressed or minced
  • pinchred pepper flakes,optional, scale back or omit if sensitive to spice
  • lemon wedges,for serving


  1. Cut the thick center rib out of each collard green. Stack the rib-less greens and roll them up into a cigar-like shape.

  2. Slice over the “cigar” as thinly as possible (⅛ inch to ¼ inch) to make long strands. Shake up the greens and give them a few chops so the strands aren’t so long.

  3. 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.

  4. Stir until all of the greens are lightly coated in oil, then let them cook for about 30 seconds before stirring again.

  5. Continue stirring in 30-second intervals until the greens are wilted, dark green, and some are starting to turn browns on the edges. This will take between 3 to 6 minutes.

  6. Once the collards are just about done, add the garlic and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to break up the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove the pan from the heat.

  7. Immediately divide the cooked collards onto plates, and serve with a lemon wedge each.


  • Calories: 141.36kcal
  • Fat: 11.03g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.48g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.43g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.36g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.33g
  • Fiber: 5.93g
  • Sugar: 0.86g
  • Protein: 4.55g
  • Sodium: 315.63mg
  • Calcium: 336.39mg
  • Potassium: 323.77mg
  • Iron: 0.82mg
  • Vitamin A: 355.86µg
  • Vitamin C: 54.68mg
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