Southern Style Greens

Collard Greens Recipe - Southern-style Collard Greens slowly simmered in a flavorful and spicy broth loaded with ham hocks and spices. A flavor-packed take on your favorite greens.

Course Main, Side
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 102 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2 -3 ham hocks
  • 2 pounds collard greens
  • 2-3 bacon (thick cut)
  • 2 tablespoons or more cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
  • 1 large onion , sliced
  • 1-2 tomatoes , diced , optional
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt free creole seasoning (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon bouillon powder (chicken) (adjust to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to taste
  • 5 cups or more chicken broth/water
  • 1/2 Lemon Freshly squeezed Juice (adjust to taste)
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  1. Start by boiling the   ham hocks in pot fully covered in water , bring to a boil then lower heat and boil for approximately 11/2 -  2 hours or until meat falls off the  bone . The best and easy  way to do this is to use a pressure cooker . It's faster and takes me only about 12  minutes or less once it starts cooking . Let it cool then cut the meat into bite size pieces .

  2. Remove collard green leaves from the stem. Then wash, rinse and chop. Repeat until all the collard greens have been removed from it’s stem. Discard stem and reserve chopped leaves.

  3. Heat up a medium or large dutch oven . Then  add  chopped bacon, cook  for about 6-7 minutes  or until brown.  

  4. Add about 1 tablespoon oil - there should be about 2 tablespoons grease in the pot .

  5. Add onions , garlic , ham hocks, and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.  

  6. Throw in tomatoes, paprika , creole seasoning and some pepper flakes. Sauté for another about 2 minutes.

  7. Finally add  collard greens  ,  chicken bouillon  and lemon . Pour in chicken broth or water - lightly salt , if desired . Or wait till the last few minutes of cooking .

  8. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes or more or until collard greens are tender .

  9. Serve warm with hot sauce and cornbread.