Let’s keep this short and simple: These Pressure Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hock are tasty, easy, and belong on your table as soon as possible. Thankfully, with a few minutes of prep and 15 minutes in your pressure cooker, they can be.
Pressure Cooker Collard Greens with minimal effort
For those who have never made collard greens, they are surprisingly easy to prep. After washing, a quick rough chop is all they need. I don’t ever bother separating the stem (the firm middle part) like I generally do with other leafy greens because the pressure cooker will tenderize everything. The ham hock pops right in with the collards and should fall apart from the bone with minimal effort, post pressure-cooking.
According to the fella, these Pressure Cooker Collard Greens are “delicious and porky and spicy and vinegary.” Is vinegary a word? It doesn’t matter – he’s spot on.
Let’s talk about ham hock for a second
Smoked ham hocks are surprisingly easy to find at almost any grocery store, tucked in with the other pork products and pre-packaged in plastic. In my experience, these pre-packaged ham hocks have been extremely sub-par and if you buy them I feel confident you’ll want to chuck them straight from your pressure cooker into the trash. Do yourself a favor and buy a ham hock from a reputable butcher and ask them to split it in half for you so you can better access all the meaty goodness from them once cooked. For those who are strict Paleo, make sure to ask your butcher how the meat has been cured as pork products sometimes contain added sugar.
A note for special diets
These Pressure Cooker Collard Greens with Smoked Ham Hock are gluten-free, grain-free and fit Keto, Paleo, and SIBO diets.
Pressure-Cooker Collard Greens with Smoked Ham Hock
Yield 6 portions
- 2 bunches collard greens, roughly chopped (about 20 cups)
- 1 ham hock (weight will vary, usually 1-2 lbs)
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (refer to the recommended minimum liquid for your machine and adjust if necessary)
- 1 1/2 tbsp sriracha (PaleoChef makes a great Paleo version)
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp garlic oil (may sub 2 garlic cloves, minced)
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add all ingredients to your electric pressure cooker.
- Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
- Once complete, quick-release pressure.
- Separate the meat from bone on your ham hock. This can usually be done easily with a small knife. Discard bones, tendons, and excess skin. Shred the meat and combine back into the pot with the collard greens. Serve hot.
Courses Side Dishes
Serving Size 1 portion
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 31 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Cholesterol 131 mg
Sodium 628 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8 g
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 40 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.