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instant pot southern style greens in a bowl

Instant Pot Southern Greens

Short on time no problem. This savory and smoky pot of greens have a blend of collard, mustard and turnip greens and cook down in more than half the time. And don't worry, even when using the pressure cooker there's plenty of left over pot likka to enjoy.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10 bowls
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Meiko Temple


  • 2 lb collard greens, stem removed & chopped
  • 1 lb blend of mustard greens and/or turnip greens, stem removed & chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups picante salsa medium
  • cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 2 lb smoked turkey legs
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons red chili flakes
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Clean and the stems of the greens then roughly chop them.
  • **Optional** remove turkey meat from the bone and reserve the large bones. If your pot is big enough you can keep the smoked turkey leg whole - this is recommended. This portion cooks best in an 8 quart pressure cooker.
  • Add all the wet ingredients (chicken stock, picante salsa, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, honey, hot sauce, liquid smoke)to the instant pot and stir.
  • Next add the onion, salt, garlic, pepper, cumin, chili flakes and bay leaves and stir.
  • Finally add the greens followed by the turkey legs. Press down so that every thing fits and seal the instant pot lid on top. Manually set pressure cooker to 30-60 minutes depending on how much texture you want remaining in your greens.
  • Serve once the greens have reached your desired level of tenderness.
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You will need an 8-quart instant pot or pressure cooker inorder to fit all ingredients. .
Before I serve my greens I typically take a scan of the pot to remove any of the skin of the smoked meats. I personally don't find it enjoyable to eat but it's totally optional and left to individual preference. 


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1301mg | Potassium: 885mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6277IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 3mg


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Instant Pot - 8 quart

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

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