Sauteed garlic mustard greens in a stainless steel pan.

Sautéed Mustard Greens Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


After cooking, try topping the greens with a splash of red wine vinegar or ¼ tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes. It’s optional, but tasty. Enjoy! -Christine xo


  • 1 (16 oz.) bag chopped fresh mustard greens (or two bunches fresh, washed, dried, chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil, divided*
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced


  1. In a large bowl toss chopped mustard greens with 1 tablespoon of the oil and salt until well coated.
  2. In a large skillet heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. 
  3. Add to your skillet as much of the mustard greens that will fit. Cook, tossing in oil, until just wilted. Add the remaining greens. Continue cooking until all are wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and toss with greens until well combined. Cook while continuing to toss often until stems are just fork-tender, about 3-4 minutes.

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*If you would like to use less oil, start with the full first 1 tablespoon mixed well with the greens in step 1. Then only use 1 teaspoon in the skillet, or you can use 1 tablespoon of water in the skillet instead.