Shrimp with Bacon and Collards

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

Prepare this simple supper recipe in stages using one pan: first, fry the bacon; then, cook the collards; finally, saute the shrimp. Combine the shrimp and greens, serve atop cooked white rice, and garnish with bacon. In place of collard greens, you can use Swiss chard, kale, or green cabbage.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 4 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced medium

  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 1 bunch collard greens, center ribs removed, leaves sliced crosswise

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Hot-pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, for serving


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to a boil. Add rice and return to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, over medium until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add garlic and onion to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and collards; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until collards are tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Wipe skillet clean.

  3. In skillet, heat oil over medium-high and add shrimp. Season with salt and pepper and cook, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Add collard mixture and cook until shrimp are opaque throughout, 2 minutes. To serve, spoon mixture over rice and top with bacon and a few dashes hot sauce.

Cook's Notes

To prep the collard greens, stack a few leaves, fold them in half lengthwise, and cut out the tough center rib. Then, with the leaves folded, slice crosswise.

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