This was a staple on every holiday table I had growing up. It’s super easy to make – for this recipe, I used collard greens, mustard greens, and turnip greens. I hope you enjoy!


3 bunches of collard, turnip, and mustard greens, rinsed, trimmed, and chopped (I chop some of the stems too, why not? you paid for it!!!)

1 pound of smoked turkey wings or tails

8 cups of water

water, if needed

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of onion powder

1 tablespoon of Kosher salt

1 tablespoon of black pepper

2 tablespoons of your favorite Cajun seasoning

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoons of red pepper flakes

This is more of a process…so read along.

1. Dump the greens, smoked turkey wings or tails and water into the pot and bring to a boil. Allow to cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes. The greens should be fragrant and they should have cooked down some.

2. After about 45 minutes, add all the seasonings along with more water, if needed. Allow the collard greens to cook on simmer for about 10. Then serve and enjoy warm.IMG_7571


  1. Hi Darius! I hope this message finds you well. Two questions: how do you know if your greens need more water? Any frying tips? (I super suck at frying)

    Thanks In Advance,


  2. Hello Darius,

    I made these greens on Sunday and let”s just say I’m not usually a cooker. However after cooking these and the Mac and Cheese for my family on Sunday “I’m a great cook” Well at least that”s what they said. Thanks Darius for all your recipes, videos, periscope sessions and hard work!!! I really appreciate it.

    With love

  3. Hey Darius I grew up with a lot of these recipes and I enjoyed them a lot . I actually tried the cream spinach and salmon but I used low fat options …do you think in the future you will be showing lower fat options..diabetes and high blood pressure runs in my family so I’m changing my diet and I work out .

  4. My question is, there was a post if Turkey legs for your greens and it said the greens would simmer for hours, this recipe doesn’t say hours. How long should they cook for?

  5. I am looking forward to trying out Darius’s recipes. Actually, I’m ecstatic for this site. My past experience with following quite a few website recipes is folks have never prepared them and they turn out to be a big disappointment. I’m being positive with Darius’s site. (my nephew’s name is Darius, so I take that as a good omen) I’ve got to try the mac n’ cheese on my husband. To whomever is interested I’ll keep you posted.

  6. Your food is awesome… I am a southern girl born n raised but since living here in the city we rarely get to taste down home food like this.. I miss my big mama. Lol
    congratulations on your success..

  7. I made these last weekend for my man and he loved it. My friends tried it and everyone was like dang Raven you can cook lol. I’m definitely buying the cook book when I get some money saved up

  8. Great and easy recipe but it’s missing something.. I add Italian dressing and omg

    ADD italian dressing gives it a good kick

  9. Hello,

    Has anyone made this without the sugar or using a sugar substitute? My mom’s a diabetic and we try to avoid added sugar or carbohydrates.

    Thank you.

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