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Southern Collard Greens

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: vegetable
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These Easy Southern Collard Greens with bacon are a classic southen recipe that couldn't be easier to make! With just 4 ingredients and a little patience, you can have delicious collards just like Grandma used to make!


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  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2-3 pounds collard greens
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the collards by slicing the inedible stem off and cutting into 1 inch strips. Soak in cold water for ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly in a colander.
  2. In a large, deep saucepan cook bacon over medium high heat until browned.
  3. Add onion and butter and cook until onion is translucent and butter is melted.
  4. Add water and collards to the pan and reduce heat to low.
  5. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally, or until greens are tender. Add more water 1 cup at a time if needed.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce if desired.


  • rinse collards very well prior to cooking to ensure no dirt or sand remains on the greens
  • my recipe calls for water but you can substitute store-bought or homemade chicken stock if desired
  • don't season the collard greens with salt until the end of the cooking, the liquid boils off and concentrates as it cooks and can end up to salty if you add it at the beginning
  • season the collard greens with hot sauce before serving if desired

Keywords: southern collard greens with bacon

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