Instant Pot Collard Greens — I know what you’re thinking: collard greens in the Instant Pot? That’s sacrilegious! I’m not going to lie, and I was also a little hesitant about cooking my greens in such a high-tech gadget. But when they came out of the pot looking and tasting like something my grandma would make, I knew it had been worth it.
Collard greens are traditionally cooked for hours with salt pork or ham hocks, but this recipe is done in less than 30 minutes and requires no pre-soaking! All you need is water and seasonings (and maybe some bacon).
Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, manganese and calcium. They also contain high levels of antioxidants that may help to reduce the risk for cancer. This blog post provides a recipe for instant pot collard greens with bacon which is quick and easy to make in your Instant Pot!
There is nothing better than a plate of healthy Collard Greens, and the Instant Pot does an amazing job at perfecly cooking them up!
If you love a great vegetable dish, some of my favorite Instant Pot Vegetable Recipes are INSTANT POT GREEN BEANS, INSTANT POT BRUSSELS SPROUTS, INSTANT POT BROCCOLI, and NINJA FOODI OR INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH.
What Are Collard Greens?
Collard greens are a vegetable that is often used in soups, salads, and other dishes. They are most commonly eaten in the southern United States where they are typically boiled with some type of smoked meat or bacon. Collards can be purchased fresh or frozen from many grocery stores across the country year-round.
They are very popular during the winter when they can provide much needed vitamins to those living in colder climates. What makes them so good for you? Collard greens have high levels of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate and calcium. One serving provides over 100% your daily requirement for vitamin K!
With all these benefits it’s hard to believe collards are also low calorie considering how filling they are- one cup has only 40 calories! It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or not- there really isn’t anything wrong with giving this healthy veggie a try.
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Collard Greens
- Olive oil
- Minced Garlic
- Collard Greens
- Water or Vegetable Stock
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Crumbled Bacon
How To Make Instant Pot Collard Greens
Start by adding the olive oil into the Instant Pot, and then press the saute button. Give it 30 seconds to let the olive oil heat up, add the onions and garlic, and continue to saute’ until the onions are softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Then add the collard greens and the water, and add the lid, set the manual high pressure for 20 minutes, letting it naturally release.
Then strain the collard greens, and mix in the spices if you want to add some crumbled bacon.
Are Collard Greens Healthy?
Collard greens are the healthier alternative to kale. Collards have more calcium and fewer calories but still, maintain all kale’s vitamins (and then some). With a rich vitamin C content that rivals other vegetables in this department, we recommend eating collards as much if not better than any green you can get your hands on!
What Meat is Used to Season Collard Greens?
I love using turkey wings for my greens. The meat is tender and has a smoky flavor that perfectly complements the earthy taste of vegetables like kale or collard greens, but it can be hard to find on occasion!
I’ve also tried substituting smoked chicken legs in its place when those were more readily available – it was delicious, too; not quite as robust-smelling, though (so if you’re looking for something closer to what salty pork/ham hock would offer then go ahead with one these).
Collard Greens Storage and Freezing Tips
You can refrigerate collard greens for about 5-7 days.
To Freeze Them: Place them in sealable plastic bags and broth and juice, then when you defrost them, they won’t be dry!
MORE INSTANT POT VEGETABLE RECIPES:
- INSTANT POT GREEN BEANS
- INSTANT POT BRUSSELS SPROUTS
- NINJA FOODI OR INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH
- INSTANT POT BROCCOLI
- INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1, (16-ounce) package of prewashed collard greens
- 1 cup of water or vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- Optional: Serve with crumbled bacon
- Start by adding the olive oil into the Instant Pot, and then press the saute button.
- Give it 30 seconds to let the olive oil heat up, add the onions and garlic, and continue to saute' until the onions are softened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Then add the collard greens and the water, and add the lid, set the manual high pressure for 20 minutes, letting it naturally release.
- Then strain the collard greens, and mix in the spices if you want to add some crumbled bacon.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
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