Cooking Collards

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by LibbyLou

Cooking methods for collards.

Top Review by Keri Caldwell

These are great! I grew up on these and don't have them often enough to remember exactly how to season them. I used the first method but used about8-10 cups water to boil. I add about 14 cup vegetable oil about a tbls bacon grease (I live in the South!). After they were cooked tender, I drain all the juice except about 2-3 cups. Then I seasoned them with about two tbls sugar, bacon bits, salt and pepper. The sugar really adds to the flavor. They're not really sweet but it's subtle flavor. I continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes. Serve! They're really delicious, just like Mom's. Thanks for the recipe to prompt my memory!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 -2 head collard greens
  • pork seasoning or ham hocks or bacon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 dash purple basil
  • 12 cup water, for steam cooking
  • 1 quart water, for stove top boiling in a large pot


  1. Cut collard leaves from the bulk stalk.
  2. Cut away large stalky stems.
  3. Cold water wash collard leaves at least five times.
  4. Collard leaves can be boiled whole in a large pot until tender.
  5. Remove collard leaves from pot and cut into bite size pieces.
  6. Season with ham hock seasoning,salt pork seasoning or bacon seasoning.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. That's one method.
  9. Method No.
  10. 2: Cut washed collard leaves into bite size pieces and place in a large cast iron fry pan with lid and add 1/2 cup water, a dash of purple basil, meat seasoning, salt and pepper to taste and steam cook for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the leaves are tender.

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