With just 5 simple ingredients needed, you're going to love your latest find!
Cooking Instant Pot Collard Greens is the perfect way to combine flavor and healthy ingredients.
You'll find that this nutritious dish is a hit for all ages and taste buds. Add a few strips of bacon and you'll have a line waiting for seconds! This recipe is truly a southern delight!
With a cooking time of just 20 minutes, this is a faster and tastier way to cook collard greens!
Get ready to actually want to add more greens into your daily diet with this delicious dish!
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Why This Recipe Works
No matter if you're a parent trying to get more veggies into the family diet or are someone who's looking for delicious dishes that aren't fried, it's no secret that the flavor of cooked collard greens will take you by surprise.
Many people shy away from making collard greens because they just don't think they'll like it, but those people are truly missing out on an amazing dish!
- Perfect for a low-carb diet
- You can easily make this into a vegan collard green recipe by leaving out the bacon
- Excellent to eat as is or to use with eggs or in soups as well
What Are Collard Greens?
Collard greens are one of those veggies that will catch you by surprise. It's actually part of the vegetable family that houses Cabbage and Broccoli as well.
It's identified by its large leaves that shrink down massively in size once they're cooked. (This is why some people consume a huge amount and don't even realize that they're doing so!)
Collard Greens are a huge hit in the south and are eaten at any time of the day with a variety of different meals.
Sesame oil - You can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil as well.
Onion - Dice up a sweet onion to add some great flavors.
Bacon - Bacon pieces work great, too. You can also use bacon ends.
Green chili - This adds a great flavor with a smidgen of heat.
Salt and pepper - To taste.
Collard greens - Clean and chop up the collard greens so that they're easier to cook and eat.
How to make Instant Pot Collard Greens
Before getting started, gather up all the needed ingredients. You can't make this recipe perfectly without them!
Step One: Hit the "Saute" button on the instant pot and add the toasted sesame oil. Let it get hot for 5 minutes.
Step Two: Add the chopped onions, bacon, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
Step Three: Add the collard greens and the chopped chili pepper. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
Step Four: After the cooking time has passed, do a Quick Release. Stir and mix.
Serve an enjoy!
Add more spice - You can easily add heat to this simple recipe for collard greens by adding in chili flakes or even some cayenne pepper. Collard green is excellent for taking on flavors and tastes.
Keep it vegetarian - Leave out the bacon if you don't want to add any meat. You can also add in tofu if you'd like for extra protein.
Keep in mind that your instant pot will look full as you're adding in the collard greens but as they cook, they'll shrink down to more than half their original size!
How to Serve
Instant Pot Collard Green is a great New Years' day dish that supposedly brings good luck for the year!
You can eat it anytime that you want though with some Potato or Corn alongside fresh bread to complete it as a whole healthy meal.
In my opinion, this recipe is one of the best side dishes for halibut.
For even more ideas, check out What to Serve With Collard Greens.
How to Store
You can store leftovers of this delicious collard greens recipe by adding them to an airtight container and keeping them in the fridge.
I don't recommend freezing as it will change the texture of the collard greens too much when it unthaws.
Since this recipe is so fast and easy to make, you should just plan on making it fresh every time.
How to Reheat
Reheating collard greens is as easy as putting them in the microwave for 45 seconds or so or placing them in the Instant Pot and heating them back up again.
Yes, you can make this collard green recipe vegan! In order to do so just take out the bacon. You can also check this Instant Pot Vegan Collard Greens recipe to see exactly how you can cook it from start to finish.
Absolutely rinse your collard greens! Rinse them properly before using them as they can hold a lot of dirt in their leaves. Make sure to wash and rinse a few times until you see no trace of dirt left in the bowl.
Adding water to your collard green recipe should be necessary because the collard greens will actually have moisture come out as you're cooking them.
Collard Greens are naturally a bit bitter but if you really think it's too strong, try adding a tad bit of apple cider vinegar or coconut sugar to the mixture.
It's really hard to overcook collard greens. They get such a soft texture after a short cooking time that it's really hard to cook them into a mushy texture or paste.
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Instant Pot Collard Greens
- 3 tablespoon sesame oil toasted
- ½ onion chopped
- 6 oz bacon chopped
- 1 green chili chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 cup collard greens chopped
- Press the "saute" button on your instant pot and add the sesame oil.
- Add the chopped onions, bacon, salt, black pepper and stir for 2 minutes.
- Add the chopped chili pepper and the chopped collard greens and mix for 2 additional minutes of time.
- Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
- When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If you want to remove the seeds of the pepper, that may help with the spiciness.
- Make sure to clean the collard greens well before cutting them up and cooking them.
- Keep in mind that your instant pot will look full as you're adding in the collard greens but as they cook, they'll shrink down to more than half their original size!