Browned Butter Collard Greens

  • Serves

    serves 2-4


Bruce and Eric Bromberg, the authors of Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2010), invented this recipe for crisp-tender, quick-cooked collards when they ran out of spinach at their restaurant Blue Ribbon and substituted collards instead.


  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch collard greens, cleaned, tough stems removed, leaves cut into 2" pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


Step 1

Working in two batches, heat 2 tbsp. butter in a 12" skillet over high heat and cook, swirling the pan often, until butter begins to bubble and brown, about 3 minutes. Add half the collard greens and let sit undisturbed for 1 minute.

Step 2

Stir greens and continue to cook until slightly wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper and transfer collards to a serving dish; repeat with remaining butter and collard greens. Serve with lemon wedges.

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