How To Cook Collard Greens The Healthy Way

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All traditional collard green recipes advise boiling collard greens in a pot of water.  Boiling collard greens reduces their health benefits – most of the vitamins and nutrients end up in a water that turns green and gets drained away.   In addition, many classic collard green recipes add bacon or ham to collard greens after boiling them – and that certainly turns healthy collard greens into something unhealthy.

To cook collard greens the healthy way, do not boil them – just saute them in a pan.  This way, no nutrients are lost during cooking.  And of course, don’t add the bacon!

In this healthy collard greens recipe, the collard greens are cooked in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic.  This recipe is very easy – no messy boiling to deal with!

Recipe: How To Cook Collard Greens The Healthy Way

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)


  • 1 bunch collard greens, rinsed and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Put the collard greens on a frying pan and stir. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring periodically, for 4 minutes or until the collard greens are wilted.
  3. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir and cover again. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and stir. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove collard greens from heat and stir.

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  1. In the south, we never, ever through away the collard water! It’s called pot liquor and it’s sopped up with cornbread.

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