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Instant Pot Southern Collard Greens

Instant Pot Southern Collard Greens is a quick and easy electric pressure cooker recipe seasoned with smoked turkey. You can also use mustard or turnip greens. These collards can be cooked with bacon, ham hocks, country ham, or vegetarian without any meat. Add in a little vinegar if preferred.

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Cooking collard greens in the Instant Pot is the new wave for us. The cook time is amazing and will save you a ton of extra time, especially around the holidays.

Collard greens are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. They are also keto and low-carb, which is a major win!

chicken broth, chopped onions and garlic, a smoked turkey leg, and Creole seasoning on a flat surface

Are Collard Greens Healthy?

A serving of collards is lower in calories and higher in calcium and still has the same vitamins as kale. Many argue that collard greens are a healthier alternative to kale. Check out this post on Ditching Kale for Collard Greens.

What Meat is Used to Season Collard Greens?

My family switched from using salt pork and ham hocks to season our greens years ago. We now use either a smoked turkey leg or turkey wing. I love to use turkey wings, too, but sometimes they are harder to find.

smoked turkey leg in a package

You can of course still use ham hocks, salt pork, country ham, or even bacon to season the greens. If you are planning to use bacon I recommend that you cook the bacon in the Instant Pot on the Saute’ function, and omit the olive oil used in this recipe. Cook the onions in the bacon fat.

Remove the bacon and crumble. Set aside until after the collards have cooked. Sprinkle the bacon throughout once cooked.

How to Cook and Make Southern Collard Greens in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I like to buy pre-washed and pre-cut collard greens. Glory Greens makes a batch that I love. You can visit their site and type in your zip code to find a location that carries them in your area. Pre-washed greens cuts down the prep time DRAMATICALLY and pairs well with the speedy time of cooking greens in an Instant Pot.

If you aren’t using pre-washed and pre-cut you will have to clean and cut them yourself. It can be very time consuming, especially depending on how big your batch of greens is. Check out this post on How to Clean Collard Greens for helpful tips.

pre-cut and pre-washed Glory Greens collard greens in a bag
  1. Add olive oil and onions to the pot on Saute mode. Cook until translucent and then add garlic.
  2. Add the collard greens, smoked turkey, chicken broth, and Creole Seasoning to the pot.
  3. Close the lid and seal.
  4. Pressure Cook.

collage photo of raw collard greens in a glass bowl, onions cooking in an Instant Pot, and raw collard greens and a smoked turkey leg in an Instant Pot

How Long to Cook Collard Greens in Instant Pot

Cook the collard greens for 25 minutes with a quick release of the steam.

collage photo of a cooked smoked turkey leg, shredded smoked turkey on a cutting board, cooked collard greens and smoked turkey in an Instant Pot

How to Double the Collard Greens Recipe

Greens will wilt… A TON! When you first add them to the pot it will feel like a lot, but they will shrink a lot. I have fit 2 pounds of greens in my 6 quart Instant Pot, easily.

So you can double the recipe (I would opt for the same size smoked turkey, or no more than a half pound larger), but keep the cooking time the same.

If you have an 8 quart you can fit a ton more collards in the pot!

cooked collard greens in an Instant Pot with a wooden spoon
cooked collard greens in an Instant Pot with a wooden spoon

Collard Greens Storage and Freezing Tips

You can refrigerate collard greens for 5-7 days. I like to freeze collards in sealable plastic bags with the broth and juice. When you defrost the greens won’t be dry and they will retain their flavor.

image of collard greens in a white bowl

Vegetarian or Vegan Collard Greens

Omit the smoked turkey for meatless collard greens. Use vegetable broth. Add in 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for flavor.

image of collard greens in a white bowl
image of collard greens in a white bowl

No serving of collard greens would be complete without a nice slice of cornbread. Pair this with my Southern Style Homemade Cornbread.

image of collard greens in a white bowl with cornbread

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instant pot collard greens in white bowls with smoked turkey
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Instant Pot Southern Collard Greens

Instant Pot Southern Collard Greens is a quick and easy electric pressure cooker recipe seasoned with smoked turkey. You can also use mustard or turnip greens. These collards can be cooked with bacon, ham hocks, country ham, or vegetarian without any meat. Add in a little vinegar if preferred. 
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword Instant Pot collard greens, pressure cooker collard greens, soul food collard greens
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Instant Pot to come to pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 151kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound collard greens trimmed and washed, I buy pre-washed. You can also do a mix of greens. I often do 3/4ths collards and 1/4 mustard greens.
  • 1 smoked turkey leg or turkey wing (about 1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds) fully cooked, You can find turkey legs and wings at most grocers. You can also use ham hocks if you wish.
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon Creole Seasoning

Instructions

  • Place the Instant Pot on the Sauté function. Add the olive oil and onions to the pot.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes until translucent and fragrant. Add the garlic or the pot and stir.
  • Next, add half of the collard greens to the pot. Layer in the turkey leg and add the remaining greens to the pot. Don’t worry the greens will wilt down a ton.
  • Add the chicken broth and Creole seasoning.
  • Place the lid on the pot and seal.
  • Cook for 25 minutes on Manual > High Pressure Cooking.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, quick release the steam.
  • Open the pot and remove the turkey. Shred the meat from the bone and return the meat to the pot.
  • Stir to combine and serve.

Video

Notes

  • You can of course still use ham hocks, salt pork, country ham, or even bacon to season the greens. If you are planning to use bacon I recommend that you cook the bacon in the Instant Pot on the Saute’ function, and omit the olive oil used in this recipe. Cook the onions in the bacon fat. Remove the bacon and crumble. Set aside until after the collards have cooked. Sprinkle the bacon throughout once cooked.
  • Once the greens have cooked, taste repeatedly for flavor. I never add salt to the greens because the smoked turkey does the job, but I do taste to see if it needs more Creole Seasoning.
  • If you like vinegar on your collard greens (my mom eats them this way!) add it in after the collard greens have been pressure cooked.
  • I have fit 2 pounds of greens in my 6 quart Instant Pot, easily. So you can double the recipe (I would opt for the same size smoked turkey or no more than a half pound larger), but keep the cooking time the same. If you have an 8 quart you can fit a ton more collards in the pot!
  • You can refrigerate collard greens for 5-7 days. I like to freeze collards in sealable plastic bags with the broth and juice. When you defrost the greens won’t be dry and they will retain their flavor. 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 2g
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Gay Springfield

Monday 23rd of November 2020

HELP HELP I bought raw turkey legs by mistake. What do I do? Three of them are thawed and need to be cooked. Please help me. I am having high anxiety.

staysnatched

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

For flavor you would need to smoke them. If you can't do that you can substitute with something like bacon.

Stephanie Tate

Sunday 15th of November 2020

So good! Seriously, I’ll never make collards on the stove again. Easy, flavorful holiday staple! Can’t wait to make again for Thanksgiving!

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Yay! I hope you enjoy them for your holiday meal.

Amanda

Saturday 7th of November 2020

I had tried a different recipe for greens a friend had given me in my first attempt at greens. They didn’t sure out that great and my fiancé was very underwhelmed. Then I found this recipe and he was blown away by them! He said they tasted like his mom’s, which is a huge compliment! This is the only recipe I’ll be using now. The instant pot made it so easy to make.

staysnatched

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Wonderful! That's so good to hear.

Kelly C

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I do not have an instant pot. Is it possible to make this recipe without one?

staysnatched

Friday 6th of November 2020

Yes. Follow the instructions here: https://www.staysnatched.com/mustard-greens/

gloria randall

Friday 16th of October 2020

hello brandi! I love your website and am a subscriber.

what can one use as a substitute for the southern collard greens if cannot find fresh or smoked turkey wings?

staysnatched

Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi there. There's a list of substitutions in the Notes of the recipe.