Posted by: SV | March 4, 2008

Vietnamese Collard Greens with Turkey

Living in the South, collard greens is something you have to try.  During one of their visits, my parents noted how similar it was to a particular greens in Vietnam called, cai lan.  Mom made delicious collard greens dish with ground pork.  Prior to that, I wasn’t crazy about mush collard greens.  I’ve lightened her recipe with ground turkey breast but the ground pork or chicken would be tasty options.  You can spice this up by adding hot pepper flakes.  This collard greens dish can be a healthy yet substantial enough dish with just rice.  If you don’t have collard greens in your area or don’t like greens, Chinese broccoli would be a good substitute.  Unlike most southern recipes for collard greens, you don’t need to strip the center rib of the collard green leaves or simmer for a long period.  For this stir-fry, it’s desirable for the greens to have some firmness.  However, do remember to wash the collard greens well to wash off the sand.

Vietnamese Collard Greens Stir Fry/Cai Lan Xao
(Serves 6)



  • 1 bunch of collard greens, chopped (~1lb)
  • 1 lb of ground turkey breast
  • 4 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 5 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp grated ginger (optional)

1.      Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat

2.      Add ground turkey to hot skillet, lightly season with salt and pepper, stir-fry until lightly brown

3.      Add to stir-fry chopped onions, garlic, grated ginger

4.      Transfer stir-fried turkey mixture to a large 6 quart pan, place over medium heat

5.      Add chopped collard greens to the pan and stir with a wooden spoon to mix

6.      Drizzle fish sauce over the collard greens once it has cooked down a bit

7.      Cover and simmer, about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.





Vietnamese Collard Greens, originally uploaded by simpleviet.




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