Quick and Delicious Collards in the Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot
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Quick and Delicious Collards

Using the pressure cooker makes collards tender without cooking for hours.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: Instant Pot, Vegan
Keyword: collard greens instant pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 25kcal
Author: Susan Voisin


  • 1-2 bunches collard greens (as much as your pressure cooker will hold)
  • 1 large onion , peeled and cut into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2-3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 generous pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sprinkle smoked salt (optional)


  • Cut off the stems of the collard greens, removing any part of the central stem that seems tough. Stack 2 or 3 leaves on top of each other, roll them up so that they form a long tube, and cut them into thin strands:
  • Repeat with all the collards.
  • Heat the pressure cooker (use the Sauté button on the Instant Pot). Add the onions and 2 tablespoons water and cook, stirring, until the water evaporates. Keep cooking and stirring until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Stir in the collard greens, add the 1 cup of water, and seal the cooker. Bring to high pressure (use the Manual button on the Instant Pot) and cook at high pressure for 3 minutes. (If you are using small, baby collards, cook at high pressure for only 1 minute.) Remove from heat and use a quick-release method to reduce the pressure. Check the collards for tenderness; if they’re still tough, put them back on the heat, but don’t seal the cooker. Cook until tender. Salt, if desired, with smoked salt and serve (using a slotted spoon) with additional red pepper flakes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 25kcal | Fat: 0.5g