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Skillet Collard Greens with Ham Recipe

Sauteed Collard Greens with Ham

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  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: Southern


With a simple sauce, crispy bits of leftover ham, and a pile of good-for-you greens, these sauteed collard greens are paleo, gluten free, and low carb.




  1. Combine apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and hot sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside.
  2. Melt bacon fat in a 12” cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, cooking for 3-4 minutes until slightly browned and crisp. Stir in yellow onion, continuing to cook for 4-6 minute or until soft and translucent. Increase heat to high and add collard greens and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until the greens are wilted. Stir in reserved gastrique, roasted garlic, and oil. Serve immediately.