Collard Greens have been a staple in southern kitchens for many years, but are now being enjoyed all over the world. Here you will find the traditional methods and recipes, as well as inventive ways to cook and enjoy this old favorite.
Like many Southerners I grew up with collards being a staple on our table during the fall and winter. In the spring and summer we had a variety of vegetables, but when cooler weather moved in one of the few green vegetables available were collards.
Our mamas and grandmamas lovingly trimmed away the tough stems and washed and chopped those greens. They were traditionally cooked long, and simmered with ham hocks, salt, and a little sugar.
Carrying on the tradition here I’m coaching Sara on getting those tough steams cut out. If you want to see how we prep our collards, check out our post How to Cut and Clean Collard Greens.
We still love them this way, and, in fact had them just weeks ago at Thanksgiving prepared by my mother-in-law. She is also the originator of our Cornbread Dressing, which many of you already know and love.
Here you will find tips and tricks for cooking collards the old way, along with some newer methods that will speed up the process. But, as this healthy green leaf has made its way into the hearts of chefs and home cooks outside the south, there are many new and creative ways to prepare and serve them.
We’ve got those for you too. Come along and choose the one you want to try first.
Instant Pot Blackeyed Pea & Collard Green Soup
by A Fork’s Table
Southern Collard Greens
by Grandbaby Cakes
Cheesy Collard Greens Dip
from Biscuits & Burlap
Easy Butternut Squash Soup with Pan Fried Collards
by Glue and Glitter
Instant Pot Collard Greens
by Melanie Cooks
Red Peppers and Feta Collard Green Omelet
by On Ty’s Plate
by Pandemonium Noshery
Baked Stuffed Collards (with Chorizo)
by Camp Brighton
Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Pasta
by Biscuits & Burlap
Braised Collard Greens with Turkey Bacon
by Jersey Girl Cooks
Smoky Sweet Vegan Collard Greens
by Cadry’s Kitchen
Easy Honey Cider Collard Greens
by Marisa Moore Nutrition
We’re sure y’all will find some recipes here that you want to try. When you do we’d love it if you take a photo and tag us and the recipe creator on Instagram and Facebook.
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Yum! So many great recipe ideas! I want to try them all!
Might as well get started. Thanks, Kim!
Great ideas for enjoying collard greens! My father in law is a big fan so I’ll pass this onto him!
Thak you, Beth!
My husband loves collard greens but I’ve never made them for him. Now I know where to find a few easy recipes to use – thank you!
You bet! Thank you, Joanie.
Jessica Formicola says
I can’t wait to try all of these recipes! My family loves collard greens so we will be making these often!
They do all sound good, don’t they? Thanks Jessica!
Becky Striepe says
Aah so many fun recipes here. Thank you for including my soup!
Thanks, Becky! The soup sounds so good…
We are always looking for more ways to eat greens. So many delicious recipes here.
Katie Crenshaw says
I love collard greens. All of these recipes look fantastic! I can’t wait to try each and every one!