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Ethiopian Stewed Collard Greens (Gomen Wat)

4 Servings

1 hour 20 minutes active

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Gomen wat translates as “collard greens stew.” In Ethiopia, we tasted multiple versions of the hardy greens braised with beef (in which case, the dish is called gomen besiga), but we prefer the lighter, brighter, more flavorful version in which the greens are cooked without meat. Ethiopian butter, made from fermented milk, infuses dishes to which it’s added—including the gomen wat we sampled—with a unique depth of flavor and appealing funkiness, not unlike a fragrant cheese. Indian ghee, which is easier to find, is a reasonably good substitute. Look for ghee in either the refrigerator section near the butter or in the grocery aisle near the coconut oil. If you cannot find it, use salted butter in its place but also add 1 teaspoon white miso along with the broth to subtly boost flavor. If for some reason collard greens are not available, curly kale will work, but reduce the greens’ cooking time to 15 to 20 minutes.




Don’t forget to reserve 1 tablespoon of the minced ginger to stir in at the end. It adds a bright zing to the rich, stewed greens.

1 hour

20 minutes active


  • 3

    tablespoons ghee

  • 1

    medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced


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Anna S.
October 21, 2023
Big bang for the buck
This dish is so flavorful and simple. I easily doubled the recipe and it reheated wonderfully throughout the week. The spices are not overpowering and could even be bumped up a notch depending on your preferences. And definitely don’t skip the peppers. They add the right amount of heat to round out the dish.
Becky W.
February 9, 2023
Unbelievable! How did this come out of my kitchen?
I think I'm a good enough cook, but this is as good as what I'd get in an Ethiopian restaurant. I have used both kale and swiss chard to make this (the chard cooks really quickly!) and it turns out delicious every time. I cannot get enough of this! The sauce is sooo good!
Yaoli Y.
August 16, 2022
Super good!
I used kale because I could not find collard greens. This tasted delicious and very much like flavors from an Ethiopian restaurant. The only adjustment is that I used less ginger, based on feedback from one reviewer. I used a little more than 1 tbsp and felt that was perfect.
Virginia D.

This was delicious! We loved the flavor and texture of the greens. It held up really well as a left over. I used Serrano peppers and loved the fresh flavor they add by adding them after cooking.

Becky W.

Ooo! The smell while it cooks is amazing! And when I first tasted it, I couldn't believe this came from my kitchen! I mean, I'm not a bad cook at all, but this was next level! I love going out for Ethiopian food, and this was just as good as anything from a restaurant. It is incredibly flavorful with just a few ingredients. Made it with kale several times and once with chard--only took 5 minutes but was a bit watery. I am happy with it every time and love sopping up the juices with crusty bread or roti when I don't have injera. If there is any left over, it becomes breakfast with a soft fried egg. One of my very favorite Milk Street recipes.

Christine D.

Wow. I really have never had collards but my CSA keeps delivering them :) and they are not great in a green smoothie I have found. THis was delicious!