How to Cut Collard Greens the Right Way

If you’re looking for tips on how to cut collard greens the right way, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our best tips for getting perfect results every time.

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Collard greens are a type of leafy green vegetable that is popular in Southern cooking. They are related to other leafy greens such as kale and mustard greens. Collard greens have a slightly bitter taste and are often cooked with ham or bacon to balance out the flavor.

When you are ready to cook collard greens, you will need to wash them thoroughly and then remove the tough stems. The best way to do this is to stack a few leaves on top of each other and then cut them into thin strips. You can then cook the collard greens in a variety of ways, including boiling, sautéing, or steaming.

The Right Way to Cut Collard Greens

Step one: Remove the tough stem

To remove the tough stem, first fold the collard green in half lengthwise. Then, using a sharp knife, make a cut along one side of the stem, following the curve of the leaf. Once you’ve made your cut, open up the leaf and remove the stem. You can now proceed to step two.

Step two: Stack the leaves

Start with a pile of de-stemmed collard leaves. If the leaves are really big, you may want to cut them in half lengthwise before stacking. Once you have a good stack of leaves, fold the stack in half so all the stem ends are lined up. We’re going to make a nice clean cut right down the middle of all those stems, making sure to get rid of any bruised or discolored bits.

Step three: Roll the leaves

Now that your leaves are all cut, it’s time to roll them up. Take a leaf in your hand and begin to roll it like a cigarette, starting at the stem end. Be sure to keep the roll tight, otherwise, your greens will fall apart when you cook them. Once you’ve rolled all of your leaves, it’s time to move on to step four.

Step four: Slice the leaves

After you’ve removed the tough ribs, it’s time to slice the leaves. You can do this by Stack the leaves on top of each other and then slicing them into thin strips. If you’re planning to use the collard greens in a recipe that calls for chopped greens, you can also chop them into smaller pieces at this stage.


After reading this guide, you should now know how to cut collard greens the right way. You also know how to choose the right type of collard greens for your dish, and what tools you need to get the job done. With this information in hand, you’re ready to start cooking up some delicious collard green recipes.