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Bowls of Southern-style collard greens next to a plate of cornbread.
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4 from 2 votes

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a Southern classic, and this is my favorite way to make them! They’re smoky, savory, and perfect for serving alongside homemade cornbread.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: collard greens
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 303kcal


  • 6 Qt. Stockpot


  • 3 Tablespoons bacon fat divided
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large bunch collard greens about 2 pounds, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat 1 tablespoon bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender.
    3 Tablespoons bacon fat, 1 large onion, 6 garlic cloves
  • Add ham hocks, water, seasoned salt, pepper flakes, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until meat is tender, 55-60 minutes.
    1-1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks, 6 cups water, 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Add collard greens, chicken broth, and remaining 1 tbsp bacon fat. Return to a boil.
    1 large bunch collard greens, 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until greens are very tender, 55-60 minutes. Remove meat from bones; finely chop and return to pan. Discard bones. Serve with a slotted spoon and cornbread


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1465mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg