No need to miss your beans and greens with this low carb Southern Style Collard Greens with Ham recipe! This simple dump and cook recipe for your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker makes a tasty side dish in under 30 minutes.
What Makes These Keto Collard Greens So Great?
- Low Carb. Only 6 net carbs per serving.
- Healthy. Full of vitamins and minerals.
- Fiber. 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Fast. Done in less than 30 minutes with the help of your Instant Pot.
- Easy. A simple pour and cook recipe.
Are Collard Greens Keto?
Greens are delicious and perfect for a low-carb diet. Not only are they keto-friendly, but they're high in fiber. When you give up grains for a low-carb diet, your body needs the fiber and nutrition you can get from those greens, so it's a win-win.
Advantages of the Potlikker or Pot Liquor From Southern Style Collard Greens
Potlikker, or Pot Liquor is the liquid that's left in the pot from boiling dark greens, such as collards. This liquid contains many of the nutrients of the greens, and is an essential part of the meal.
Pressure cooking saves all this precious liquid so it can be used after cooking. Some of the vitamins from the greens, like Vitamin C, are water-soluble, meaning when you boil it, it sucks all the nutrients from the greens and puts them in the cooking water.
Make sure you don't throw away the best part of the dish, which is the pot liquor, or potlikker. Use it for drinking, or pour it over whatever you're having.
Adding fat to the keto ham and greens dish also helps you metabolize the vitamins and nutrients as well. This is why it's a common practice to add something fatty like ham, or bacon, to greens. Ham or bacon also takes the flavor of the keto collard greens to a whole new level too!
Of course, you can always omit ham hocks for a vegan version.
If you're not low carbing, you might also like to try this Southern Style Beans and Greens recipe that uses black-eyed peas
What Is A Good Substitute For Collard Greens?
- Turnip Greens
- Swiss Chard
Basically, anything dark green and leafy will work in the ham and greens in the place of the collard greens if you need to replace them.
Want More Instant Pot Recipes?
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken is an easy 30-minute dinner and you can make rice on top of it, as the video shows.
- Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal is a great vegetarian rice dinner.
- This Lebanese Lentil and Rice dish is another great Vegetarian Instant Pot recipe.
- Instant Pot Indian Khichadi is comfort food in a bowl!
- Instant Pot Risotto with Shrimp is another one-pot comfort meal.
- Buffalo chicken casserole for the days you want low carb recipes
- You might also like low carb Chicken Biryani that uses riced cauliflower.
- Chicken and Mushrooms are a great combo.
- My kids love Instant Pot Pork Chops with Rice and Vegetables
- Zucchini Lasagna- You won't even miss the pasta.
- Haluski Recipe - A wonderful cabbage and noodles recipe.
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- 6-8 cups (6 cups ) Collard Greens, torn into pieces
- 1 large (1 large) Onion, Chopped
- 6 cloves (6 cloves ) Garlic
- 2 cups (42 g) Ham, chopped
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon ) Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon ) Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ cups (62.5 ml) Water, or stock
- 1 tsp (1 tsp ) Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 (2 ) Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon ) Dried Thyme
- Place all ingredients except finishing ingredients into the inner liner of your pressure cooker. You want to set those aside so you can get a fresh zing of flavor after the greens have pressure cooked.
- Cook at high pressure for 4 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 5 minutes and the release all remaining pressure slowly.
- Add apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke and hot sauce and taste. Season to adjust.
- Meats: smoked turkey wings, ham hocks, andouille sausage, bacon
- Greens: Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, or mixed greens of whatever you have lying around
- Vegetables: add tomatoes