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Skillet filled with stir-fried zesty garlicky collard greens, topped with lemon wedges

How to Cook Collard Greens | Zesty, Garlicky Stir-Fry

  • Author: Rachel Steenland | The Plant Riot
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings, as a side dish 1x


Let’s get cooking with these healthy and delicious collard greens – they’re nutrition-packed and taste amazing paired with onions, garlic, and lemon juice.


  • 2lbs / 900g (1 large bunch) collard greens, washed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 large (12oz/340g) yellow or sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper + more for serving
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the collard greens by removing the woody stems, then roll up the leaves and cut them into 1/4 inch / 6mm strips. Set aside. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic and sauté until the garlic is fragrant and the onion has softened.
  3. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper, a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper, stir to combine. Then pile in as many collard greens strips as you can. Don’t worry if they don’t fit – the first handful will wilt quickly, and then you can add the rest. 
  4. Stir-fry the greens until they’re just tender, and are still vibrant and green, around 3-5 minutes.
  5. Take the stir-fried collard greens off the heat and add a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with a little extra crushed red pepper, salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately! Enjoy!


  • The other thing that a plate of collard greens loves is smoky flavors. If you’d like to try this, just swap out the crushed red pepper for spicy, smoky chipotle powder!

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