How to Make Southern Style Instant Pot Collard Greens (or Turnip Greens)
These Southern style Instant Pot collard greens (or turnip greens) are easy to make and taste better than anything you’d get at Cracker Barrel or any meat and three!
Update: For those of you who don’t have an Instant Pot, here is my recipe for Southern-style greens on the stovetop. They are fabulous and so easy!!!
Of all the things I love about my Instant Pot, being able to whip up a “mess of greens” in less than an hour is at the top of the list. I could eat a bowl of greens with a slice of buttered cornbread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is just in my Southern blood:-)
If you’ve never made greens in an Instant Pot, it couldn’t be easier. Below are a few bullet points that address some commonly asked questions about the process.
How long do you cook collard greens in the Instant Pot?
I’ve tried several variations, and the best results for me come from cooking the greens on high pressure for 30 minutes. Also, I leave the greens in the IP after they slow-release, sometimes for an hour or more. They stay warm, and they continue to “cook” in the sense that they settle into the wonderful pot liquor of meat, onion, seasonings and greens.
Which meat do you use for Southern style collard greens in the Instant Pot?
My preference is always bacon~diced and sauteed in oil until crisp. The tiny, salty bits of smoky bacon are what make these greens Southern style. I also like to throw in a smoked turkey neck if I have one. The turkey neck adds another layer of flavor but is optional, as is country ham. I like ham but my fam doesn’t like as much meat in the greens. It is purely preference.
What type of greens can you cook in the Instant Pot?
This method and these ingredients will turn any greens into a Southern-style side. Kale. Mustard. Turnip. Collards. I’ve made all of these in my Instant Pot, and they all turned out to be delicious. Any variation will yield a savory “mess of greens.”
Do bagged greens or unprepared fresh work best?
I’ve done both, and here’s the bottom line. Bagged greens are fresh; they just have been prepped and are easy peasy. The other greens take more time, but of course, taste fabulous when done. If you want to make the fresh, I tell you how to do it, prep and all, in this blog post.
Which Instant Pot do you use to cook collard greens?
I have the 6 quart; I cook huge amounts of food often (we entertain Southern style), and the 6 quart is big enough for me. Any size Instant Pot will work to make fabulous greens. Just use the size that best fits how you cook for your family.
How to cook greens in the Instant Pot.
- First, use the sauté function to sauté the diced onion and bacon pieces (and any other meat) in EVOO for about 5 minutes or until bacon is cooked and onion is tender.
- Second, add the greens and broth; cook on high pressure for 3o minutes. To get to high pressure, turn the IP off (as it will still be on sauté). Press “manual” to get to pressure. Press “pressure” to choose low or high setting. Press + or – to move the time to minutes desired.
- Third, when greens are cooked, the IP will switch to a warm countdown. The lid can be opened at any time or greens can stay in the IP until you are ready to serve them.
In the video below, I show how I make the greens for those who want to have a little visual:-)
These greens are SO delicious and easy that you won’t believe it. You’ll never feel like you have to go to Cracker Barrel for good, Southern greens when you learn to make them yourself:-)
If you want to go all out with the Southern fare, serve the greens with zipper peas or black eyed peas and this Pimento Cheese Cornbread, Greens, peas & cornbread~there’s nothing better!!!!
If you try these, let me hear your thoughts. I try to reply quickly to everyone who writes!
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Southern Style Instant Pot Collard Greens (or Turnip Greens)
- 1 large bag (15-16 oz) of diced collard or turnip greens
- 3-4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 smoked turkey necks or 1 slice country ham, diced small (optional)
- 1/4-1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 cup chicken broth (I love chicken bone broth)
- 2 TB apple cider vinegar
- pinch sugar
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place EVOO, onion & bacon into the Instant Pot. If using turkey neck or ham, add it also.
- Press the "sauté" button on the IP.
- Saute the onion & meat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp and onion is tender.
- Add broth, greens, vinegar, sugar, and remaining seasonings.
- Turn IP off, then back on. Press MANUAL and set pressure to HIGH for 30 minutes. Make sure valve is set to "sealing."
- Greens will come to pressure and cook; then beep and slow release. Leave them alone until you need to eat them; the longer they sit the better.
- I leave my greens in the IP until I have time to get to them. No rush to remove them.
- When done, remove from IP; dice any meat from turkey neck and add to greens.
- Serve with pepper sauce.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 61Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 17mgSodium 414mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 1gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 6g
Hi Caycee, I have never used frozen, so I am not sure what to tell you. I think it should work, but you may need to google it. Frozen will definitely require different settings than fresh. Sorry I could not be more helpful. Would love to hear your feedback if you try it!
I have two 140z bags of frozen chopped turnip greens. would I need to thaw them for this recipe and do I need to double it?
Suzanne, thank you for letting me know that they turned out well!!! They are definitely a favorite at our house!!!!
Made these collard greens tonight just as instructed and they were absolutely delicious!!
I am SO happy to hear this!!! I’ll be making this recipe + roots soon. Thank you so much for sharing!!!! Blessings to you and yours for 2020!!!!!
I was going to send the picture, I did add the roots and they were delicious! I didn’t even add extra time and they were so tender. I highly recommend you try it next time!
Hi Ghent! I’m glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for sharing the substitutions!!! Best to you and yours for 2020!!!!
My only substitution was Molasses instead of sugar and 1/2 C white wine.
Thanks for sharing!
Hi Tamela! I’ve never added roots to this but think it sounds fabulous!!!! I can definitely vouch for the recipe as I shared it, but please touch back and leave a comment if you try the roots in it. I’d love to hear how it turns out!!! Happy 2020!!! XoXo
More of a question, my family loves roots in their greens. Have you ever added turnip roots or rutabagas? This is my very first time to actually cook in my new pot.