Sautéed Greens

Source: Cooking Matters

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per recipe: 4

This simple recipe has only 5 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

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  • 1 pound collard greens
  • 4 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


cutting board, large bowl, large skillet, measuring spoons, mixing spoon, sharp knife


1. Remove hard stems from greens.

2. Stack leaves on top of each other. Roll into a tube shape. Make a few stacks if needed.

3. Use a sharp knife to slice leaf rolls into 1/4-inch wide strips.

4. In a large bowl filled with cold water, add cut greens. Allow any dirt to settle to the bottom of the bowl. If greens are very dirty, repeat this step. Lift greens out of bowl. Shake off any excess water.

5. Peel and mince garlic.

6. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil.

7. Add greens. Use caution, as oil might splatter when damp greens are placed in hot pan. If greens can't all fit in the pan at once, cook in two batches.

8. Stir greens until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.

9. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic. Cook until greens are soft and excess water is gone, about 5-7 minutes. If garlic starts to brown or burn, reduce heat to medium-low.

10. Season with salt and pepper. Serve right away.


Try chard, kale, turnip or any other leafy greens instead of collards. Try serving over brown rice, cornbread, or whole wheat pasta. Add cooked greens to Turkey Tacos with black beans, cheese, and salsa. Or, add to egg sandwiches.

More About Collard Greens

How to Select

Choose bunches with crisp, dark green leaves and no yellowing.

How to Store

Refrigerate up to 5 days in a plastic bag. To freeze, steam greens, chop into pieces, and freeze in plastic bags.

How to Prepare

Separate leaves and rinse. Dry in salad spinner or between towels. Cut leaves in strips. Steam, sauté, stir-fry, or simmer. Simmer with chopped onions, garlic and lemon juice, until leaves are tender. Add to soups and curry dishes.