Collard Greens with Ham Bone or Ham Hocks

Mable Clarke, a South Carolina cook and activist, serves this collard greens recipe at monthly fish fries to support the Soapstone Baptist Church in the community where she grew up. There, farmers' markets overflow with big, leafy collards that are typically simmered with ham stock to make up this traditional Southern side dish. Clarke uses premade ham stock but it can be hard to find. We adapted the recipe with chicken broth and a ham bone or hock. As the bone simmers it adds flavor to the broth and yields enough meat to serve with the collards.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
10 cups


  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef concentrate, such as Better Than Bouillon

  • 1 ham bone or ham hock

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 3 pounds collard greens, stemmed and chopped (24 cups)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Combine broth, beef concentrate and ham bone (or ham hock) in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Add onion and collard greens to the pot and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collards are very tender, about 1 hour.

  3. Transfer the ham bone (or hock) to a cutting board with tongs or a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, pull off and shred or dice any meat clinging to the bone. Stir the meat into the greens. Season with pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
2g Fat
9g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 4337IU 87%
Vitamin C 32mg 36%
Folate 115mcg 29%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 408mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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