Instant Pot Smoky Collard Greens

October 18, 2020
instant pot smoky collard greens on a plate with other southern foods.

You know you're supposed to eat your greens. And you love collard greens but don't they take forever to cook? Not in a pressure cooker! Get your green fix with these easy Instant Pot Smoky Collard Greens.

These greens are pretty versatile, too. Eat them with burgers. Serve them with mashed potatoes, gravy and BBQ tofu. Bring them as a side dish for a holiday meal or potluck.

When can I buy collard greens?

Collard greens are a cool weather vegetable. This means they're in season in the Fall or Winter depending on where you live. But honestly, if there's a demand for them in your area, you can buy them year round.

If you want this Instant Pot Smoky Collard Greens recipe to be as easy as can be, look for the bags of already cleaned and prepped greens. They will usually be somewhere near the bagged and boxed lettuce in the produce section. Often you will see kale and turnip greens available, too.

a rubber banded bundle of fresh collard greens.

If you're looking for the most cost effective option, look for bundles of giant collard leaves during their season. It will take some time to wash and prep them but you'll get more for your money and the greens will probably be much fresher.

Either way, this recipe will make a tasty, healthy side for your meal.

Instant Pot Smoky Collard Greens

The perfect side for any southern style meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 41kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 pound collard greens washed and prepped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco or similar hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or tamari or soy sauce, to taste depending on how salty your broth is


  • If you can’t find bagged, washed and chopped collards you’ll need to prep them. Wash the collard greens thoroughly and cut away the tough stem. Now chop the greens into bite-sized pieces.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute. Add the onion and garlic and cook until they begin to soften 2-3 minutes. Add maple syrup, hot sauce, liquid smoke, vegetable broth, and collards. Stir to combine. Turn off saute function, place and lock lid, and cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then manually release the rest.
  • Taste for seasoning. Add up to 2 tablespoons of Bragg Liquid Aminos if more salt is needed. Now's the time to add more hot sauce if you like.


If you can’t find collards, try kale, turnip, or mustard greens or a mixture. They will all be delicious. I wouldn’t use spinach though because it’s a bit too delicate. Also, feel free to add roots like carrots or turnips. They work well in this.

Are you a fan of collard greens? What's your favorite way to eat them?

Laura Nunemaker

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Laura Nunemaker

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