The first collard greens I’ve dreamed about! These Southern collard greens are sinfully rich and delicious, packed with flavor, and made quick and easy in the Instant Pot. Take it from a Southerner, these are authentic and as good as it gets!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Take a trip through almost any town or city in the South and odds are good you’ll find a version of collard greens on several menus. They’re related to cabbage and turnip greens, and they’re a staple in Southern cooking dating back to the earliest enslaved people in the American colonies. Read a little more about the history of collard greens in America here. These leafy greens are absolutely delicious – rich and full of flavor on their own, but versatile enough to be prepared a number of ways.
- You’ve probably heard about kale being a superfood, but don’t sleep on collard greens! Raw greens aren’t as bitter as raw kale, and both veggies tout a hearty serving of essential vitamins and nutrients like potassium; vitamins A, B, C, and K; zinc; iron; and calcium.
- Collard greens are traditionally cooked low and slow, braised with ham hock over a couple of hours. With Instant Pot collard greens, you’ll get rich, tender, savory greens in less than 60 minutes. If you’re looking for a great traditional greens recipe, I highly recommend this one from Grandbaby Cakes.
- I recommend rinsing the greens before you chop and cook them. In fact, I actually recommend soaking the greens in cold or cool water for at least 10 minutes, and then rinsing them under running water. Whether you’re using bagged greens or not, you’ll typically see a good bit of dirt and grit come off the greens.
- Be sure to deglaze the Instant Pot after cooking the bacon and onions. “Deglazing” is just that step where you add the chicken broth and scrape up the browned bits of bacon and onion that might be stuck to the bottom of the pot. If you don’t scrape those up, you’ll likely get a “Burn” notice from your pressure cooker.
- The apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient, so don’t skip it. The acidity in the vinegar will cut down the bitterness from the greens, and it makes a big difference. If you don’t have ACV, white vinegar will work in its place.
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- 5 slices bacon uncooked, sliced into ½-inch-long pieces
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound fresh collard greens rinsed, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth, low-sodium preferred
- 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper more or less to taste
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- hot sauce to taste
- Instant Pot or similar pressure cooker
- rubber or silicone spatula
- Set Instant Pot to Sauté mode on high. Once Instant Pot has preheated, add sliced bacon and chopped onion to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon begins to crisp and onion has softened, approximately 12 minutes.
- Add garlic cloves to sautéed bacon and onions. Stir well and cook just until garlic is fragrant, approximately 30 to 60 seconds.
- Add collard greens and chicken broth to Instant Pot. Continue in Sauté mode while stirring and scraping up any browned pieces of bacon or onion that may be stuck to bottom of Instant Pot. Cook just until greens begin to wilt, approximately 2 minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce to Instant Pot. Stir to incorporate, then cancel Sauté mode and cover pressure cooker with lid.
- Lock lid on Instant Pot and set valve to Sealing position. Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure with 12-minute cook time. Instant Pot will come to pressure (5 to 10 minutes) and then 12-minute cook time will begin.
- When 12-minute cook time is up, carefully Quick Release pressure. Once steam has fully escaped, carefully remove lid from Instant Pot and set aside. Divide greens into portions and serve warm with additional hot sauce if desired.
- Whether you’re using bagged collard greens or not, I recommend you soak the greens in cold water for at least 10 minutes, then rinse them well to wash off any excess dirt. Blot them dry with a paper towel and then chop them into 2-inch pieces.
- Make it Paleo/Whole30: Use compliant bacon and hot sauce.
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