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Instant Pot Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey Tails

instant pot collard greens recipe

The collard greens and smoked turkey tails cooked in the instant pot turned out great.  I was skeptical that the instant pot could get the collard greens that tender in that short amount of time.  Growing up, we cooked soul food style collards, turnips, and mustard greens for at least a couple of hours.

We’d simmer them with smoked ham hocks, pork jowl, or salt pork for a long time.  Not only did they cook quickly, but the flavor was outstanding and maybe better than the traditional method.   The old school way of cooking soul food collard greens is gone.

As long as there’s an instant pot around, that’s how I’ll be cooking them.  They actually taste fresher than the typical Southern way of cooking them.

How do you cook quick collard greens?

southern style collard greens recipe in the instant pot

Get the Glory brand bag of collard greens so you don’t have to labor in the kitchen cutting and picking the greens.  The bagged collards you find in the store are ready to cook.

Put them in an instant pot with your seasoning meat and let them, pressure cook.  You’ll never find an easy collard greens recipe that tastes better than the instant pot method.  As I said, these greens tasted garden-fresh and old fashioned like I often ate down South.

The best meat for collard greens?

Growing up, mom mostly used salt pork.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with salt pork, it’s salted pork belly.  Our second choice of meat was pork jowl, followed by smoked ham hocks.

quick and easy soul food collard greens

It wasn’t until recent years that I started using smoked turkey.  The taste is very similar to the old fashioned greens recipe but without the calories and fat.  Smoked turkey tails, wings, and necks are much more healthy than pork.

instant pot collard greens recipe

Instant Pot - Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Tails

A quick and easy way to enjoy collard greens by cooking them in an Instant Pot with smoked turkey tails
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish


  • 2 lb. fresh collard greens any bagged or fresh collard greens will do
  • 1 lb. smoked turkey tails
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar optional


  • Start by putting the water in the instant pot followed by the apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, peppers and stir well. Add the turkey tails, greens and the onion.
  • Set the instant pot to pressure cook for 30 minutes.
  • Let the instant pot naturally release the steam for 10 - 15 minutes before opening.


Serve with a big piece of hot cornbread.

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