Sautéed Collard Greens | The Foodie Eats

Sautéed Collard Greens

Tender & flavorful greens in very little time!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 115 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions diced
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 lbs. collard greens
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar


  1. Remove leaves from stems and wash thoroughly at least twice. We usually let them soak in the water on the first wash to help any stubborn grit loosen to be washed away. A little grit goes a long way, and can ruin eating them.

  2. Cut away as much or as little of the stem from the leaves as you like. The stems can be tough and bitter, so we remove quite a bit.

  3. Stack 7 or 8 leaves and roll them tightly, like you would a cigar. Then thinly slice across the rolled greens. At this point, we usually wash them one last time.

  4. Using a large sauce pan over medium-high heat - add oil and onions and cook for a few minutes, until onions are softened and translucent. Then add garlic, red pepper flakes, and vinegar. Cook for about 1 minute, but don't let the garlic become brown.

  5. Add collards, stock, salt, pepper, and sugar and cook for at least 25 minutes, depending on how soft you want the greens. Stir them frequently to ensure even cooking, but keep them covered when not stirring. They should be perfect when all of the liquid evaporates.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If all of your greens won't fit in your pan at first, cooke them for a few minutes then add the rest (in batches if necessary). The greens will cook down in size pretty quickly.

Nutrition Facts
Sautéed Collard Greens
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 116%
Vitamin C 50.8%
Calcium 27.2%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.