Instant Pot Turnip Greens and Collard Greens are a classic, slow-cooked, Southern side dish made quick and easy with the help of a pressure cooker!

Instant Pot Turnip Greens or Instant Pot Collard Greens

Instant Pot Turnip Greens & Collard Greens

Turnip greens, collard greens, or just “greens” as we call them in the south, is a classic southern side dish that goes with everything from country ham to chicken fried steak.

Cooking greens is pretty simple, you add onion, some water, and salt pork, bacon, or ham hocks, to a large pot filled with greens and you bring to a boil, lower to a medium heat and let them cook for about 45 minutes. Some people like to add red pepper flakes too but I prefer to get my spice from a little hot sauce at the end.

Pressure cooking your greens cuts down on the cooking time. Fill your Instant Pot up with greens and all of the ingredients that go along with them, lock the lid in place, and cook for 10 minutes for perfectly tender greens every time.

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bowl of Instant Pot Turnip Greens made with bacon

What’s the Difference Between Collard Greens and Turnip Greens?

Turnip greens and collard greens are both from the cabbage family so they are very similar. They both have the same tough leaf that isn’t a great texture for eating uncooked, but when you simmer them over a long period of time they soften and cook up into the greens we know and love.

They do have slightly different flavors, very slightly if you ask me! Turnip greens have mildly peppery flavor while the collard greens are more bitter. In the end I think they both taste pretty much the same and people use them interchangeably in southern greens recipes.

There is a third green out there, mustard greens, which is considered an herb and is more tender. It also has a peppery flavor like turnip greens but since it is more tender to begin with simmering it for a long period of time tends to make it to mushy so for this recipe I’d stick with collard or turnip greens.

What is in Turnip Greens?

Like so many amazing, down home recipes there are only a few ingredients in southern greens. You’ll need your greens, onions, chicken broth, vinegar, and some soft of smoked meat. Salt pork, bacon, ham hock, or country ham all works.

I almost always use salt pork or bacon but if you have a ham bone leftover from a baked ham, or if you just want to buy some country ham and chop it up, that works too. The important part is to add some sort of smoked, salty meat. The greens absorb that amazing flavor as they cook and it does such a good job you almost don’t need to season with salt at the end.

How to Make Turnip Greens or Collard Greens in an Instant Pot :

  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add salt pork or bacon, and onions, cooking until the pork begins to crisp and the onions are softened.
  2. Pour chicken broth into the pot and deglaze the bottle of the pan making sure to get up the browned bits. Press CANCEL To stop the saute function.
  3. Add the vinegar and the pack in the greens. These greens will shrink a lot as they cook so aim to fill it about 2/3 of the way full.
  4. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to SEALING. Set to HIGH PRESSURE for 10 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off do a quick release by turning the valve to VENTING and let all of the pressure out.
  6. Remove the lid, stir the contents of the pot to mix everything together and salt and pepper to taste.

Using an Instant Pot is super easy but if you’re new to using one check out our How to Use an Instant Pot guide for a quick overview before you get started.

tender Instant Pot Turnip Greens made with bacon packed full of flavor

How Do You Get the Bitter Taste Out of Turnip Greens or Collard Greens?

A little acid will help to cut the slightly bitter flavor of the greens (more prominent in collard greens). In this recipe I used white vinegar but you can also use apple cider or red wine vinegar. Some people add lemon juice instead of vinegar with the same results.

A little heat never hurts to help with the flavor either. As I mentioned before some people cook turnip greens with red pepper flakes to give it a little bit of a kick, other people put hot sauce on their greens once they are cooked. My grandma used to make her own hot pepper sauce which was just hot pepper-infused vinegar. That remains my favorite way to eat greens to this day!

What to Serve Turnip Greens With:

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins

Instant Pot Turnip Greens and Collard Greens

Instant Pot Turnip Greens and Collard Greens are a classic, slow-cooked, Southern side dish made quick and easy with the help of a pressure cooker!
Instant Pot Turnip Greens or Instant Pot Collard Greens
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Ingredients

  • 20 ounces Turnip greens or collard greens, stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 6 ounces Salt pork, diced into about 1/4-inch pieces (can substitute 6-8 slices thick cut bacon)
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • ½ cup Onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and add salt pork or bacon, and onions, cooking until the pork begins to crisp and the onions are softened.
  • Pour chicken broth into the pot and deglaze the bottle of the pan making sure to get up the browned bits. Press CANCEL To stop the saute function.
  • Add the vinegar and the pack in the greens so the pot is about ⅔ of the way full.
  • Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to SEALING. Set to HIGH PRESSURE for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off do a quick release by turning the valve to VENTING and let all of the pressure out.
  • Remove the lid, stir the contents of the pot to mix everything together and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 877mg, Potassium: 336mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 222%, Vitamin C: 70.3%, Calcium: 18.6%, Iron: 6.7%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
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