Antique serving spoon in a pan of cooked collard greens

Easy Collard Greens Recipe

This easy collard greens recipe is simple to make, requiring only a small amount of fat along with chicken broth and touch of seasoning.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 36 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 1 teaspoon lard
  • 16 ounces shredded collard greens
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional; omit if you don't like spicy food
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Melt the lard in a large pot (such as a Dutch oven) over medium heat.  Add the collard greens and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).  Stir vigorously to coat the greens evenly.  They will fry slightly and begin to wilt.

  2. Add the broth and continue stirring to coat the greens.  Cover the pot and reduce heat to low, just hot enough to keep the liquid bubbling gently.  Simmer for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add two tablespoons of water as needed to prevent the pot from simmering dry.

  3. You can stop cooking the collard greens at your preferred doneness; if you like more chewiness, cook them for about 30 minutes; if you like softness, keep cooking them for 60 minutes (or longer, if desired).  Older, tougher greens take longer to cook.  

  4. When the collard greens are done, remove from heat.  Evenly sprinkle on the seasoning salt and the brown sugar, then stir vigorously.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Collard Greens Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36
% Daily Value*
Sodium 425mg18%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 3885IU78%
Vitamin C 31.1mg38%
Calcium 181mg18%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.