Collard greens side dish

Collard greens banchan 콜라드그린 반찬

Collard greens are not a familiar vegetable in Korean cuisine. However, since the vegetable is nutritious, healthy, and delicious, I wanted to use it in my cooking. First I tried to make kimchi with it, but it turned out too tough. Then I tried cooked collard greens at a BBQ restaurant in New York and I enjoyed the taste a lot. I wanted to develop a recipe that fits the Korean taste.

The first collard green recipe is based on an authentic Korean dish (note: I updated this recipe and improved it, making a new video for it and posting it on my website as Collard greens doenjang-bokkeum). I used to use napa cabbage leaves or radish leaves instead of collard greens. If I were still living in Korea, I would never think about using collard greens for the recipe. Since I am living in the USA, getting collard greens is easier than getting napa cabbage or radish leaves, and they are always cheap.

This recipe worked perfectly, even with the stems. When the stems are cooked they’re soft and crunchy just like broccoli stems.

In my second collard green recipe, I used roasted cashew nuts to make a milky broth. This is a completely vegetarian side dish. Adding a little bit of honey and vinegar worked perfectly. You could use this as a side dish for roasted turkey or chicken, fried chicken, and BBQ.

I made these dishes for my friends and got great feedback. Make both versions and let us know which one you prefer. A year ago, when I posted 2 kinds of soybean sprout soup: spicy or non-spicy, I ran a poll to see which one my readers preferred. The result shows more people prefer spicy to the non-spicy version.

Below is the recipe for the second dish in the video. The recipe for the first dish is here.


  • 1 pound of collard greens
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • ⅓ cup roasted cashew nuts
  • 1½ cup water
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 ts kosher salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs honey (or sugar)
  • 1 tbs vinegar


  1. Boil water in a large pot.
  2. Cut off the top tough part of the collard greens, and arrange the leaves side by side, stems and leaves.
  3. Add a handful of salt to the boiling water.
  4. Put the collard greens stem-first in boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Submerge them in the water by pressing them down with a wooden spoon.
  5. Close the lid and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Drain the collard greens and rinse them in cold water a couple of times.
  7. Drain the water and chop the leaves into small pieces.
  8. Put them in a wok or cooking pot.
  9. Blend the roasted cashew nuts with the water in a blender for a minute. Add it to the pot.
  10. Add the minced garlic, kosher salt, olive oil, honey and vinegar. Mix it well with a spoon and bring to a boil over high heat.
  11. 10 minutes later, open the lid and mix it with a spoon and cook another 10 minutes.
  12. Transfer it to a serving plate and serve with rice or a meat dish such as roasted meat or BBQ.

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  1. ddnorman Southern NH, USA joined 9/13 & has 75 comments

    I had to harvest my Collard Greens today! It was so cold (19° F) that they were frozen! However we thawed them out and made the Korean style recipe to see if they would be OK. They turned out deliciuos and we had them for dinner tonight. I think they will be a hit at Thanksgiving!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      Hi Dave,
      I saw you uploaded your collard green dish photo on my website! It will be featured soon.
      I’m so happy to hear that you like this recipe. You can make this huge amount and keep it in the fridge up to 1 week. When you serve, take some and reheat it. I should make it soon because your colllard green dish sounds very delicious. : ) Keep warm with your wonderful food!

  2. ImHyeYeon Mendoza- Argentina joined 8/12 & has 5 comments

    hahaha >< thanks for the recipe!! I must tell that I totally HATE this vegetable… but now I can't stop eating! thanks so much!~ I'm from Argentina, and my dad is korean, but my mom is from here. I love korean food and culture!! besides, korean dishes make everything taste better!

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