Stewed Collard Greens – Delicious Way to Cook Collard Greens

Collard Greens

The most underrated vegetable award in my humble opinion sadly goes to collard greens.  I hardly ever see people buying it at the supermarket and rarely hear a mention of it in articles or recipes.  Kale and spinach seem to be in the spotlight while collard greens get constantly overshadowed.  Why is that?  I myself was guilty of not trying collard greens for many years.  I just attributed it to “Southern food”, and since I didn’t live in the South I just figured it wasn’t for me.   Now I realize what a silly mistake that was, and that food from the South is some of the best around.  Everyone from Alaska to Maine should embrace the cuisine and never look back.  The first time I had collard greens was in Atlanta, where there are scores of restaurants that prepare it in their own unique way (here’s a list of some you may want to try check out ).  The leaves are much stiffer and tougher than kale, spinach or chard which helps the collard greens stay sturdy, often even when cooked.  This, as well as their thickness gives an added texture and crunch to dishes including the recipe I show below.  In addition to being delicious and giving a unique texture, collard greens have a plethora of health benefits.  They lower cholesterol better than most any other vegetable, and are packed with vitamins, protein, fiber and calcium.

Stewed Collard Greens - Delicious Way to Cook Collard GreensThis recipe is simple and a light but the end result has great flavors and texture.  The shallots and especially the collard greens give it great texture.  Add spices to your liking… I often do with Asian style soups but for this one I am just fine without them.  Enjoy!  Also feel free to leave me a comment on how it tastes with the coconut milk that you find and use.  There are so many out there and they really range in taste and thickness.  I’m curious to hear what brand you are all using and prefer. What’s your favorite way to cook with collard greens?

Collard Greens in Coconut Milk
Course: Main Dish, Sides, Soup, Stew
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Posh Journal
  • 4 Whole Bunch of Collard Greens washed and stemmed
  • 1 Tablespoon of Ground Turmeric
  • 5 Shallots
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Inch of Ginger
  • 2 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • Salt/Pepper for taste
  • 1 Can of Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 4 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Stalks of Lemongrass
  1. Use a mortar or food processor. Combine shallots, garlic, turmeric, salt/pepper and puree
  2. Remove the root ends of Lemongrass and smash to flatten
  3. Heat oil in a medium pot and stir the paste in. Cook for about 5 - 10 minutes or until fragrant then add Lemongrass
  4. Add coconut oil, sugar, salt and pepper for taste
  5. Add collard greens, stir occasionally and cook until tender for about 30 - 40 minutes
  6. Serve with chili pepper flakes if needed

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    Shann Eva
    Oct 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever had them. I like spinach, but not kale .I know they all are very healthy, so I like when they are put into things like smoothies.

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    Oct 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I never knew about this. but i think it was great and a healthy food for my family thanks for sharing the ingredients and instruction.

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    Oct 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I don’t think I have ever eaten a collard green before. I love other greens, so I should try these one day.

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    Claudette Esterine
    Oct 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Like the others, I don’t think I have had collard greens. I tried kale once and didn’t like it. Love spinach. If these pop up in a grocery store here, I will definitely give it a try.

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    Elizabeth O.
    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Not a huge fan of collard greens, although it’s really good for you, so I make sure I eat my fair share of it. I’d love to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    Oct 1, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    That looks really good!! I’m going to have to give this a try 🙂

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    Liz Mays
    Oct 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I’m going to try this because as of yet, I don’t really love collards. Maybe this will be the trick!

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    JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)
    Oct 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I have not eaten collard green before but I do love eating veggies ad soup.

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    Shannon P
    Oct 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    As a southerner, collard greens are definitely a favorite 🙂 YUM!

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    Oct 1, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I was raised in Collard greens! It is such a southern thing! I will have to try it this way it and see how it tastes.

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      Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
      Oct 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      They are definitely a southern thing – we don’t see them much up here in Boston.

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    Stephen Parry
    Oct 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Was never sure how to cook collard greens. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us – super helpful and now I have dinner sorted for tomorrow night 🙂

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    Crissy Page
    Oct 2, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I have actually never had collard greens before… I don’t know why?! I need to try this!

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    Clarissa Esquivel
    Oct 2, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I have never had collard greens! I’ll need to pin this to try one day! xoxo

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 1:45 am

    i LOVE collards!!! i had to add this to my list of recipes to try!!!

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I love coconut milk and I love it more when cooked with vegetables. I will have to try this.

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    Kori (@just_anothermom)
    Oct 2, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Mmm, I love collard greens! I usually have them sauteed in garlic butter. But I also love them cooked the traditional way with a hamhock.

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I have never actually tried collard greens but I hear they are very good. This recipe and the pictures look delicious to me!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    Oct 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I never had collard greens. I think I will take your word for it and get some the next time I do my shopping. Saving the recipe. Thanks!

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I love collard greens and anything asain food related! this looks amazing!! thanks!!

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve never had collard greens before but it sounds pretty great. I’m sure my girls would love this!

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    Oct 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious. I’m not a fan of green collards, but I really want to try this.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Oct 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    This looks like a great way to cook your greens. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I hope the kids like it.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    Oct 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I wonder if this recipe would work good with kale? I love the sounds and look of this dish.

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    Joely Smith
    Oct 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Sitting here with the flu and I can say that this sounds delicious even though my appetite is not great. I bet this would sure help give my immune system a much needed boost!

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    Oct 3, 2015 at 1:25 am

    I’ve never had collard greens before. This recipe looks very delicious though. I’ll have to try this out. I’m sure my family would love it.

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    Shanéy Maharaj
    Oct 3, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Wow I’ve never tried or heard of this before but it sounds like an interesting dish. Definitely keen on trying it… Need to find the greens at my local store first.

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    Yona Williams
    Oct 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I just Pinned this post because I am curious as to how Collard Greens in Coconut Milk tastes. I have had them often, but you are right, it is an underrated vegetable.

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    Oct 4, 2015 at 12:08 am

    This is just about the most exotic way of preparing collard greens that I’ve ever seen! Pinning!

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    Ms. Katrina
    Oct 4, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I can’t even cook collard greens the simple way but this looks so good that I may give it a try anyway.

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    Sammi W
    Oct 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    This looks like such an amazing way to serve collard greens, will have to give it a try 🙂

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    Oct 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I keep looking at the collard greens when I’m shopping but I never knew how to cook them. I will have to pick them up and give this a go!

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    The Stay-at-Home Life
    Oct 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I’m not usually one for collard greens but these look interesting.

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    Jason Young
    Oct 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Nice take on collard greens. If it tastes half as good as it looks than it should be great

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    In the Black community Collard Greens are a solid staple {Soul Food} and always have been. Even as a little girl I remember my mom and grandmother picking the perfect collards to cook. The smell would fill the house and I knew dinner would be amazing.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    Oct 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    This looks and sounds like a great dish indeed and I have to admit I have not made collard greens before. I would love to try this recipe and the coconut milk would be interesting .

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    Howie Fox
    Oct 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Lol, and I didn’t even know what collard green was until I stumbled upon it on your post!! Thanks a lot + gorgeous photos!!

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    Manju | Cooking Curies
    Oct 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I love collard greens and always looking for more ways to cook with it. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    Oct 17, 2015 at 12:54 am

    This looks like a great side dish and easy to make as well.

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