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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.

instant pot collard greens in white bowls with smoked turkey with an Instant Pot in back

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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

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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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Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

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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. 
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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.

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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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Recipe Rating




Malika J.

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

So many of my reviews say I’m making something for the first time and these collards are no exception. I was not big on cooking prior to finding your website! Now between your recipes, the instant pot, and air fryer you can’t tell me sh*t! I omitted the meat from the recipe, so did add a tad mole seasoning, but following your directions led to PERFECTLY textured greens. Buying the pre cut and pre washed bag was an excellent suggestion as well. Can’t wait to be off this fast so I can throw some ham hock in there to set it off!

staysnatched

Thursday 27th of January 2022

YUM!

Lee Ann Guynn

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Ys Mam! This is the one! I've been making collards for many years, but this is now my go-to recipe. They never disappoint , and save me hours of simmering! Tender and full of flavor.

staysnatched

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

Yes! A favorite method!

Aisha K.

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I love greens and especially in my instant pot! Ever since she dropped this recipe I haven’t looked back.

staysnatched

Tuesday 4th of January 2022

haha same here!

Kristi

Saturday 1st of January 2022

This recipe was excellent. I doubled the greens but kept the seasoning and onions/garlic the same. Perfect taste for everyone at the table. Of course I put hot sauce and chow chow on the table so folks could season to their taste. TY for a great recipe

staysnatched

Saturday 1st of January 2022

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Frances

Friday 31st of December 2021

a favorite way to make collard greens. I cook it with the smoked turkey leg and then take off the meat and use it a anyone wants it, rather then stiring back into the collards. Made this with black eyed peas for a perfect New Years Eve dinner. I make these collards often, with or without the meat. Thank you.

staysnatched

Saturday 1st of January 2022

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed them.