Quick and Easy Mustard Greens

cleaned chopped greens
Chopped Greens. Riccardo Bruni / EyeEm / Getty Images
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Tasty mustard greens are made with frozen mustard greens. Use less bacon and add some leftover diced ham, if you'd like the smoked ham flavor. Diced hot andouille sausage is great on the greens as well. 

Southern greens are traditionally served with hot pepper sauce, which is a combination of small hot peppers and vinegar. If you can't find hot pepper sauce in your market, see the tips for how to make it from scratch.

What You'll Need

  • 10 to 12 slices bacon (diced)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 16 ounces frozen mustard greens
  • Optional: diced cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or seasoned salt, or salt, or to taste)
  • Optional: dash red pepper
  • Dash black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter

How to Make It

1. Cook bacon just until almost crisp; add onion and sauté until onion is tender and bacon is crisp.

2. Put chopped mustard greens in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Add bacon and onion, along with ham, if using. Toss with seasonings and butter to taste.


  • Pepper Sauce:  Pack a clean sterilized canning jar with small (cleaned) hot peppers. Pour vinegar over the peppers to the top of the jar and add about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.If desired, add about 1 teaspoon of sugar. Cover and refrigerate.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 68
    Total Fat 4 g
    Saturated Fat 2 g
    Unsaturated Fat 1 g
    Cholesterol 10 mg
    Sodium 442 mg
    Carbohydrates 6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 3 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)