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Braised Mustard Greens with Spring Onions

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 1 hr, 15 mins

Serves 8 (makes 8 cups)

Meltingly tender, these mustard greens get a little snap from a drizzle of cider vinegar and a good quantity of spring onions. These onions resemble green onions, but the greens are thicker and the bulbs much larger; also, they have fairly sharp, bracing flavor that mellows when cooked. If you can't find them, use a triple amount of green onions (scallions) instead--it's equally good. The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.


  • 4 pounds mustard greens (about 5 large bunches), large stems removed, greens coarsely chopped
  • 4 to 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 spring onions or 24 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. red chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 140
  • caloriesfromfat 52 %
  • protein 6.6 g
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • carbohydrate 14 g
  • fiber 8.2 g
  • sodium 250 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse greens and drain. Set aside with water still clinging to leaves.

  2. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp. oil over medium heat in a large stockpot. Add garlic, onions, and chile flakes and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Scoop half into a bowl and set aside.

  3. Add half of greens to pot and cook, covered, until wilted, then add second half. When greens are thoroughly wilted, sprinkle with salt and toss with tongs.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer greens, covered, until very tender, about 45 minutes, adding water occasionally if necessary to keep about 1/4 in. water in bottom of pot.

  5. Add vinegar, remaining oil, and reserved garlic-onion mixture and toss to mix (it will be quite liquidy).

  6. Make ahead: Chopped greens, 1 day, covered and chilled; braised greens, 1 day, covered and chilled.

Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co., Oakland