Coconut-Braised Collard Greens Recipe (2024)



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I do not like greens. I dislike collards the most.I had seconds.


So quick to make with a bag of precut and cleaned kale. I did make changes based on what I had available (kale and leeks). Added garlic and fresh ginger based on other reviews. And a can of chick peas because I wanted additional protein. Delicious.


Added 3 cloves of garlic, half a yellow onion, 2in of grated ginger, and 2 tbsp of chili oil. Sautéd at the beginning of the recipe w the scallions. Did half a bag of chopped kale / half a bag of spinach instead of collards and served over wild rice. This was wonderful!


Loved this so much. Great way to get your dark leafy greens in that’s not a basic sauté. Used a mixture of mostly collards and some spinach I had on hand. Took note of some additions in the reviews and added lots of minced ginger, which was SO good! Added some shallots as well. I’ve never not cooked greens like my southern grandmother taught me, low and slow, so I let this cook down for over an hour with a stir here and there. Total hit in my house. Will be a regular go-to.


I added a tablespoon of fish sauce after loving the original recipe. The fish sauce brought out so many new flavors! It was a very happy addition.


I feel like the cook time on this was too short... I'm still cooking these 10 minutes later and my collards are still chewy. Going to try another 5-10 minutes in my dutch oven covered.


Yes! Kale is so tough. I left mine braising for thirty minutes. I also used full fat coconut milk. Much richer!

Jefferson B

Grew up in East Tennessee and NC. This is the best collards I’ve ever had. Substitute yellow onions. Easier and more flavorful in the butter/oil I thought. Tossed in a few scraggly end bits of ginger I had to the simmer and removed before serving. You can’t mess this up. Do not remove stems.


Yes! Definitely make this with full fat coconut milk. I made this once with low fat coconut milk and the texture was all wrong (instead of a nice creamy texture, the low fat coconut milk created a mucous-like texture).


This was surprisingly excellent. I looked at comments and added garlic in the beginning per suggestions. Also added some vegetable stock for more braising liquid and a can of rinsed chickpeas. Cooked all for 45 minutes in the Dutch oven. The greens were silky and so flavorful! I topped with chili oil. It made a complete meal for 2 people. Next time I will only use 1/2 can of beans, I thought there were too many for the cooked down greens. But otherwise absolutely perfect.


This is a beautiful recipe. I love collards and wanted to try a new preparation. I’m so glad I found this one. Collards have a stem / spine that I cut away from the leaves. I saved those and cut into 1/2” lengths, sautéed them in the oils until they were crisp-tender, then added the green onions and proceeded with everything else as instructed. I added plenty of salt and pepper and a few dashes of hot sauce, and topped with toasted sesame seeds alongside white rice. Superb.


This was delicious. I cut out all the veins and it cooked in 30 minutes. I also added some curry and ginger. Served over brown rice, it was a hit.


I used collard greens and cooked these for much longer than the recipe called for. I thought they needed some acid and added a splash of rice vinegar. Delicious.


We marinated tofu in soy sauce, sherry vinegar, salt and a little organic sesame oil with a light taste, while preparing the collard greens. Added a tsp of Chile crisp, as well as ginger and garlic as others suggested and sautéed those with the scallions. Then followed the recipe, and added the marinated tofu toward the end. The end result was balanced flavors of salty, spicy, and softly sweet. Delicious!

Abby Z

I am not a collards person but I got a bunch in my winter CSA box and was determined to eat them. I only wanted to make them tolerable to eat, but this recipe made them delicious! I will definitely cook this again.

David Rojer

This was really delicious. The biscuits were incredibly moist and perfect for the sausage gravy as described. Because the biscuits are so rich, I prefer to make the sausage myself with ground pork and ground turkey and add my own spices. It is much leaner and pairs nicely with the incredibly rich biscuits. Serve this with delicious collard greens. A real winner. Thank you!


This dish was so ridiculously easy and so incredibly delicious. Everyone in my family loved it, even my one family member who was very dubious about the ingredients and who is not a huge coconut fan to start with. As with a few other combinations - chocolate and peanut butter, salted peanuts and candy corn (seriously, try it), it is definitely more than the sum of its parts.


So simple, so good. Even the toddler gobbled them up!


I hate to be someone who comments with a review of an entirely different recipe.... nonetheless this is an incredibly adaptable recipe. We didn't have coconut oil or scallions, so I used peanut oil and garlic instead. I also added a few halved fingerling potatoes because I had them on hand. It was delicious! The star of the show was the rich coconut broth, which we soaked up with bread.


I've been sorta bummed about collards since we went to a plant diet, bacon or ham made them so much better. Well, this is IT. Delicious, guess those vegan collards just needed more richness. We ate them all and licked the bowl.


We loved this. Will definitely make again. So simple and flavorful. Agree with others: use full fat coconut milk.


This is great. I added ginger, garlic, cayenne and red pepper flakes and garbanzo beans as per the other comments. Also braised the greens for about 56 minutes. Delicious vegetarian meal served over rice.


Simply delicious!

Nick Hodson

This is one of those dishes that creates its own flavor profile distinct from its ingredients. Who would have thought kale, coconut milk, onions and soy sauce could be so fascinating?I didn’t have coconut milk and used coconut cream with half a cup of water; that certainly added richness. I also simmered the mix for about 45 minutes, tasting the kale for tenderness (past chewy but still with a bite) and even though the sauce was great, added a tablespoon of gochujang. Amazing!


Per some of the other comments, Added some fish sauce, a couple cloves of garlic and a little lemon before serving to give it acid. Awesome.


Made as directed, but cooked longer, about 30 min. There is a slight sweetness from the coconut milk, but I can’t say it was an improvement over traditional collards, it was just different and rather bland, in my opinion.


I don't understand how this dish gets so many 5 star reviews. I found it so bland. I had to add ginger and curry to give it some flavor.

Jamie M.

Very satisfying and super easy! I skipped the butter to make it a little lighter and subbed coconut aminos for the soy. Served over brown rice and topped with a chili crisp-fried egg. Garnished with green onion and furikake. Leftovers will be breakfast!

Vanessa Lyman

This was stunningly delicious. Have I never combined soy sauce and coconut milk and butter? Where has this been all my life? So simple, it was tastier than it had any right to be. I'll try adding ginger next time, based on the reviews.


This is delicious. I love collards, but even if you don't this is a great one.

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