Make healthy, tasty collard greens without spending hours in the kitchen. Follow this Quick & Easy Collard Greens Recipe that packs flavor!
Trying to find a delicious yet easy-to-make collard greens recipe? Look no further! With this quick and easy collard greens recipe, you can create a flavorful dish in minutes with minimal effort.
Prepare the Collard Greens
Start by washing the Collard Greens and removing any wilted or brown leaves. Then, use a sharp knife to cut out the thick stem from each leaf, leaving with justthe green parts of the plant. Once prepped, chop the Collard Greens into 1-inch strips before adding them to a boiling pot of water. Cook for 6–7 minutes until tender. Drain the greens in a colander and set aside.
Cook the Bacon
For a smoky flavor, cook the bacon until crisp. Set aside the bacon but save the grease. In the same skillet, sauté diced onions and garlic in remaining bacon fat until lightly browned. Then add drained Collard Greens to the skillet and stir to combine before adding smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir everything together and cook until to your desired tenderness—about 5-7 minutes. Serve with crumbled bacon on top!
Saute the Onion and Garlic
Before beginning, cook the bacon until crisp and set aside. In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of bacon grease (or oil) over medium-high heat. When hot, quickly add diced onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Make sure to stir often and watch carefully—you don't want the onions to burn!
Add Remaining Ingredients
Once the onions and garlic have cooked, reduce heat to low. Add in remaining ingredients—collard greens, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, bacon bits, and red pepper flakes. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Cover skillet and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until the collards are tender and cooked through. If desired, season with additional salt & pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy!
Simmer to Finish
Simmer the collard greens in the skillet on low heat until they’re soft. This usually takes 15–20 minutes, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and stir occasionally to prevent them from burning. When the collards are tender and cooked through, they’re ready to enjoy! Add a few dashes of hot sauce or some freshly squeezed lemon juice for even more flavor.