Go Back
+ servings
Southern Mustard Greens in bowl

Southern Mustard Greens

Southern Mustard Greens - fresh greens slowly braised in a smoked turkey, bacon and chicken broth with a kick of heat from my homemade Creole seasoning and other pantry staple spices. Serve them with homemade biscuits, cornbread, potatoes or hot sauce and you'll have one Southern soulful meal on a cold winter night!
Course Main
Cuisine Southern
Keyword greens, mustard greens
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 302kcal
Author Imma


  • 5 qt. cast iron pot,  saucepan or 12- inch skillet  
  • Chef’s knife



  • 2 pound or (0.91 kg) mustard greens , about 2 bunches 


  • 4-5 strips thick sliced bacon , about 4 ounces, diced 
  • 1 tablespoon or (14 ml) oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon or (8 g) garlic  , minced  
  • 1-2 cups (8-16 oz) smoked turkey  chopped 
  • salt and pepper to taste 


  • 2-3 teaspoon or (8-12 g) Creole seasoning  
  • 1 cup or (250 ml) chicken broth or water  
  • 1-2 red pepper flakes crushed, (this ingredient is optional)


  • Remove mustard green leaves from the stem. Then wash, rinse and chop into large chunks.  Repeat until all mustard greens have been removed from its stem. Discard stem and reserve chopped leaves.
  • Heat up a medium or large dutch oven. Then add chopped bacon, cook for about 5-6 minutes or until brown. 
  • Add about 1 tablespoon oil - there should be about 2 -3 tablespoons grease in the pot. Add onions, garlic , chopped smoked turkey , and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Gently stir in the mustard greens (a little at a time, until wilted ) followed by Creole seasoning.
  • Add smoked turkey bone to the pot with chicken broth or water.  Add pepper flakes , if desired
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until desired tenderness has been reached. Return bacon back to the pot, stir.
  • Remove from the stove and discard bone.
  • Serve warm with biscuits, hot sauce and ham, optional.


  1. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 813mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4858IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 3mg