Sautéed Collard Greens

A Southern staple and favorite, this quick collard greens recipe is a flavorful and healthy veggie side dish for lunch or dinner.

collard greens recipe

: Serves 6 (1 serving = 1/6 portion)


  • 8 cups fresh collard greens, chopped and blanched
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • ¼ cup onions, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (optional)

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 79 cal
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 9 mg
Carbohydrates 4 g
Protein 2 g
Phosphorus 18 mg
Potassium 129 mg
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Calcium 118 mg


  1. Blanch the collard greens by putting them into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain the boiling water off and quickly transfer the greens to a large bowl of ice water. Let cool, then strain and dry the greens and set them aside.
  3. In a large sauté pan on medium-high heat, melt the butter and oil together. Add onions and garlic, and cook until slightly browned, about 4–6 minutes. Add collard greens and black and red pepper, then cook for 5–8 minutes on high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, add vinegar, if desired, and stir.