Instant Pot Collard Greens

Small serving of collard greens with bacon on a white plate.

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.

Small serving of collard greens with bacon on a white plate.

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!

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

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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.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make Collard Greens in the Instant Pot.

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. 

Collard greens and bacon served on a white plate.

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.

Instant Pot Collard Greens

Step Two: Add the chopped onions, bacon, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.

Instant Pot Collard Greens

Step Three: Add the collard greens and the chopped chili pepper. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.

Instant Pot Collard Greens

Step Four: After the cooking time has passed, do a Quick Release. Stir and mix.

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Serve an enjoy!

Instant Pot Collard Greens


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.

Helpful Tips

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.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make it vegan?

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.

Should I rinse collard greens?

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.

Can I add water when cooking collard greens?

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.

Why are my cooked collard greens bitter?

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.

Can collard greens be overcooked?

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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Small serving of collard greens with bacon on a white plate.

Instant Pot Collard Greens

These Instant Pot Collard Greens are a fast and easy recipe for a full meal or simple side dish.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer, party, Side Dish
Cuisine: modern, southern
Keyword: ancho chilies, collard greens, Instant Pot Collard Greens
Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Corrie


  • 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!


Calories: 392kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 1g Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 14g Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monounsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 548mg Potassium: 47mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 368IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 25mg Iron: 1mg



  • 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!
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