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Pan-cooked curly mustard greens with lightly salted roasted sunflower seeds

15-Minute Mustard Greens Recipe

15-minute mustard greens recipe that's vegan, plant-based, and a delicious. It's a great side-dish that pair well with just about any main dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 167 kcal


  • 1/2 teaspoon vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup raw, unshelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces curly mustard greens pre-chopped, rinsed
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • n a small non-stick pan over medium heat, add ½ teaspoon of vegan butter. Add the sunflower seeds. Add a pinch of salt, cook and toss occasionally for about 3-4 minutes. Remove sunflower seeds from heat and set aside.
  • In a non-stick pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Then, add the red onion slices, a pinch of salt, and cook for about five minutes, or until tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Once the onion is tender combine chopped mustard greens to the pan.
  • Add ½ cup of water to the pan and cover with a lid. Steam and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add a pinch of salt and smoked paprika. Stir together.
  • Reduce heat to low. Pour ¼ cup of water, combine, and add a lid over the pan.
  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes, until mustard greens are tender. Adjust seasonings, if needed.
  • Serve the mustard greens in a dish and top with sunflower seeds.


  1. I used Melt Organics vegan butter, which is my go-to. However, feel free to use your choice of vegan butter. If you do not have vegan butter, simply use oil instead. 
  2. The sunflower seeds used in this recipe were raw, unsalted, and unshelled. This is the kind of sunflower seeds you want to use. If you have roasted, salted sunflower seeds, you can skip step #1. 
  3. If there are other spices and flavors you prefer to use in this recipe, you’re more than welcome to use them. 
Keyword Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Quick, Vegan, Vegetarian