Pressure Cooker Ham Hocks and Collard Greens

Pressure Cooker Ham Hocks and Collard Greens (Serves 1-2)

My local farmer does not raise pigs, but he has friends who do and he brought me ham hocks from a recent “shopping” trip. They came four to a bag and were frozen. I let them sit in the freezer for a month before I thought to use one to season a batch of collards. I did not realize until after I finished cooking that there was enough meat on that one ham hock to make a meal for me with the collards. A really good meal!

Prep Time and Cook Time: 60 minutes

Ingredient list:

1 big ham hock
2 bunches of collards (20-30 stems)
1 sweet yellow onion
Ghee or coconut oil
Cayenne pepper
Coriander powder
Garlic powder

Directions: Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of ghee to pressure cooker over medium heat. Chop onion into bite-sized pieces. Add to pressure cooker and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Wash collards, cut leaves from stems, discard stems, and cut leaves into 2-inch pieces. Add one cup of water to pot. Add collards to pot and season with a generous dusting of salt and garlic powder. Add a dusting of cayenne pepper and coriander powder. Lay ham hock on top of collards. Lock top on pressure cooker. Increase heat to high. After achieving high pressure (may take 5-10 minutes), reduce heat to the lowest level consistent with maintaining high pressure. Cook under high pressure for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, allow pressure to come down naturally (about 10 minutes), and remove top. Stir everything in the pot well. Transfer pork and collards to plates. Enjoy!

Notes: I love my Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Top Pressure Cooker 7.4-Quart that I ordered from (check it out in my “Store.”) After reading a bunch of pressure cooker reviews, I decided to spend a little extra to get the one the New York Times described as the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers. Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss company. Pressure cookers are so popular in Switzerland that the average household has three!

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7 Responses to “Pressure Cooker Ham Hocks and Collard Greens”

  1. Hi Tom,

    This looks great. I’m doing this with 2 smoked hocks. Now I’m wondering how much longer I need to pressure-cook these beast bits, given that I have two instead of one. Is the pressure cooker like the microwave, where you have to add time if you’re cooking more stuff?

    Off to do some research!

    • Tom Denham says:

      Either one or two ham hocks should be fine with the same amount of time. The 30 minute cooking time I use is primarily to tenderize the collards.

  2. If I do not have a pressure cooker, can I use a slow cooker?

    • Tom Denham says:

      Yes. I am not sure of how much time might be needed, but I got some collards that I had cut into bite-size strips tender with about 2-3 hours in the slow cooker with roast, tomatoes, and coconut milk. The tomatoes may have helped tenderize the collards faster, so you might need 3-4 hours in the slow cooker with just ham hocks.

  3. I made this for my husband tonight in my InstantPot. I used three bunches of collard greens and about 2.5# of ham shanks. The greens turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  4. So ham hocks are ok on a Whole 30? I was wondering if the curing process made them non-compliant. I confess I don’t know much about how ham hocks are made, except they are delicious.

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