Spicy Collard Green Sauce with Herring

Spicy Collard Green Sauce with Herring | Food & Nutrition Magazine | Volume 9, Issue 4
Photography by David Raine | Food styling by Breana Moeller | Prop styling by Brooke Doyle

Collard greens and olive oil replace fresh taro leaves and palm oil, respectively, in this take on abom, a traditional Ghanaian sauce commonly served over boiled yams or plantains.

SERVING SIZE: ½ cup sauce with ⅓ cup sautéed onions and herring (143 grams)
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 25 minutes


  • 4 cups fresh collard greens, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons habanero pepper, minced
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sweet vine tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 ounces canned low-sodium smoked herring


  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 plantains, washed and skins removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add collard greens, habanero pepper, onion, ginger, salt and 1 cup water.
  3. Cook 10 to 12 minutes until collard greens are tender and onions are translucent. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
  4. Cut tomatoes into about 12 to 14 wedges and place on baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, or until skins are soft and slightly roasted.
  5. To a food processor, add collard green mixture and tomatoes. Pulse until all ingredients are smooth and blended. Transfer to bowl and set aside.
  6. Set the large skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil, then sliced onions and herring. Sauté about 3 minutes and set aside.
  7. Optional: Cut plantains in half lengthwise. Fill medium-sized pot with 8 cups water. Add salt and bring to boil. Add plantains and cook 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  8. To serve, divide plantains into three bowls and top each serving with ½ cup collard green sauce and ⅓ cup sautéed onions and herring.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 118 calories, 8g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 22mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 6g protein, NA potassium, NA phosphorus

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