After 2 years of owning an Instant Pot I have finally become hooked on using it!! I know, it took me a while, however when I realized I could recreate the jammy collard greens recipe we feasted on at Turkey & the Wolf during a recent trip to New Orleans in under an hour I knew I had to give it a try.
What are collard greens?
Collard greens are a member of the cabbage family; A dark, leafy Southern delicacy most like kale, spinach and mustard greens. They are available year-round, but are at their best between January and April. They are a tradition at New Year’s – considered ‘lucky’ for it’s resemblance to folded money. Eating collard greens on New Year’s is said to bring prosperity in the year ahead!
Traditional Cook Method
I grew up in the South, so I’ve had a lot of collard greens in my time. A lot. Traditionally collard greens are boiled or simmered with a piece of salt pork or ham hock for anywhere from 2 – 4 hours. The greens are tough and bitter, so they need to cook a long time before they get perfectly tender and mild to taste. The resulting vitamin-rich broth, known as ‘pot liquor’ or ‘pot likker‘ can also be seasoned with salt and pepper and used as a dip (for your cornbread, of course!).
My Quick and Easy Instant Pot Collard Greens
But.. why would you want to cook for four hours when you can go from start to finish in less than one hour? Oh, and by the way did I mention that this collard green recipe is vegetarian? What?! Yes, I said it and I would argue they are more flavorful than any you’ve ever had before. I’d bet my southern drawl on it!
These collards are cooked in a brine of red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, and spices which makes them irresistibly tangy and sweet with a little heat at the finish. While we love them on their own, they’re irresistible piled high on a tostada with roasted sweet potatoes and black eyed pea hummus!
With a 10-minute prep and 40-minute, no fuss cook-time, you’ll get your day back! Might I suggest you use the extra time to indulge in my favorite Spiked Apple Cider? Or maybe try this amazing Pumpkin Cornbread to soak up the delicious pot liquor left behind by those incredible greens. Enjoy!
What are the health benefits of collard greens?
Collard greens are rich in fiber, iron, and Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, among other nutrients. These vitamins and minerals are necessary for a healthy body. Health benefits include promoting gut health, lowering cholesterol levels, and strengthening of bones and joints.
Click here for more information on the health benefits of collard greens.
More Instant Pot Ideas
If you happen to be looking for more delicious ways to use your Instant Pot give these Instant Pot Baked Beans a try, they’re incredible!! Or for a meaty main, try our salsa chicken that has instructions for cooking in the Instant Pot and the oven!
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Easy Instant Pot Collard Greens
We love these as a side all on their own, but they’re especially delicious tucked between slices of Swiss cheese as a melt, piled high on tostadas. or even served over toasted bread with a poached egg on top.
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- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Southern
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 10 cups torn collard green leaves, approximately 2 (10-ounce) bags prepared collards
- Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting (Normal/Med heat). When the display reads “Hot” add the butter. Once melted add the sliced garlic, vinegar, water, sugar, Creole seasoning, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Sauté stirring occasionally, until liquid slightly reduces, about 10 minutes. Cancel the sauté function so the pot will stop heating.
- Add the collard greens to the Instant Pot, use tongs to toss and coat in the liquid.
- Press Manual, set to sealing, and use the + or – button to choose 25 minutes.
- When cook cycle is finished, let the pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then manually release the remaining steam.
- Remove the lid, there should only be enough liquid to coat the greens when done cooking. If extra liquid remains once pressure has been released turn on the sauté function and continue to cook a few minutes, stirring often, until most of the liquid has been evaporated. (This took me about 3-5 minutes)
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