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Instant Pot Beans

by Sophie

Love instant pot beans and don’t know how to cook beans the right way? Then, here I have a complete guide to cooking beans on the stovetop and in the instant pot. It’s not complicated and easier than you have ever imagined. Once you start making your own beans in the instant pot, you are never going to eat the canned stuff.

Cooking beans is a lot more than just filling a pot of water and letting it simmer. But it’s easy. What matters the most is the amount of water you use, the type of beans you choose and the method of cooking you follow. With pressure cooking and instant pot methods, cooking beans is super easier than before. But, I know that many people still don’t use an instant pot or a pressure cooker and want to learn how to cook beans in stovetop easily. That’s why I have included both ways here.

Tips for Making the Best Instant Pot Beans:

Here are some tried and tested tips to make the best instant pot beans.

Soak the beans:

Okay, I hate to say this that soaked beans give a better result than unsoaked beans. If you have time, then soak the beans for at least 30-minutes or overnight before throwing them in the pot to cook. Here is why you should pre-soak beans.

Why should you soak beans?

  • Soaking can drastically affect the cooking time and beans will cook faster.
  • Pre-soaking helps the beans to cook more evenly and become super tender all-the-way through.
  • Soaked beans are easy on the stomach. That means no indigestion {or no flatulence}.

How long Should You Soak Beans?

Among all my experiments, while considering only the successful ones, soaking overnight is the best option.

Kidney beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans – 12-hours or overnight. For Black beans, white beans, black-eyed peas, and smaller beans – 1-2 hour soak, and Split peas, and lentils – 30-minutes or no soak

Over-night Soak:1 cup beans with 3-5 cups of water. Wash and rinse the beans and soak them in a bowl for 12-hours or overnight. (Water quantity may change depending on the type and variety of the beans)

Hot Soak: Hot soaking is also known as quick soaking as it helps to swell the beans real quick. Add boiling, hot water to a cup of washed and rinsed beans and allow it to stand for at least 1-hour or up to 4-hours. Hot soaking also helps in dissolving some gas-causing substances in the beans.

Quick Soak/Cook Instant Pot: While this is not a soak method, essentially, you need to do it before cooking dry beans if not pre-soaked. As per the Instant Pot® website, cook the beans in the instant pot in high pressure for about 2-8 minutes and allow the NPR. After the natural pressure release, use the beans for any recipe you want and use the pressure cooking time that you would use for the soaked beans.

Simmer or Pressure Cook:

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Whether you are using your stockpot, dutch oven or instant pot, keeping beans at a constant temperature ensures even cooking. If using the stovetop method, keep the beans at a simmering temperature. Similarly, cook the beans in the pressure cook mode to ensure even temperature is maintained while cooking beans.

In both of these methods, bring the beans to a boil in the beginning (happens naturally in pressure cooking) and then let it simmer or pressure cook until tender, still retain their shape, and have their skins intact.

Add salt later:

Unless you are using soaked beans and cooking in an instant pot, add salt when beans are barely tender. Adding the salt at the beginning of cooking may make the beans firm and chewy as it prevents the bean starches to break down. If cooking in the stovetop, wait till the beans are tender enough or al dente, and add the salt.

Understanding The Beans and Their Cooking Time:

If you want super-soft and tender beans, then make sure to give enough time to these legumes to cook thoroughly. The biggest and hardest truth about beans is that they take time unless you use a pressure cooker to cook them. But, even with a pressure cooker, it does take 5-30 minutes for your beans to become super-tender and creamy.

Here is a chart with cooking time for all beans. Feel free to Pinit and print it for your everyday usage.

Again, the time can vary depending on the type of beans you use and whether they are soaked or unsoaked. Also, the age, size and the variety of beans always affect the cooking time. Once they’re on the stove or inside the instant pot and simmering or in the pressure-cooking mode, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to even three hours (unsoaked garbanzo beans) for the beans to become tender.

How to make Instant Pot Beans?

How to make instant pot beans
  • My favorite method to cook beans is by cooking them in an IP. Before you start making your beans, rinse and wash your dried beans or use soaked beans. Depending on the type of beans, use enough water per a cup of beans while cooking in your Instant Pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for the directed time(as mentioned in the recipe card). Once the cooking time is over, always allow the pot to release pressure naturally with a valve coming back to its natural position normally. After 20-minutes, you can move the valve to a venting position and do a quick release of pressure.
  • If making curry or Mexican style, add the seasoning now. Bring the pot into the saute mode and allow the mixture to boil. If you want, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water now to bring the beans to the right consistency. Adding tomato-based sauce/curry sauce or vinegar help the beans to become super yummy and easily digestible.
  • If not cooking the entire batch, store the cooked beans in its cooking liquid. It helps to keep them moist and tender. Refrigerate cooked beans up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Instant Pot Beans Cook Time:

  1. Black Beans – Beans mode or High Pressure – 30 Minutes(unsoaked) – 5-8 minute (soaked)
  2. Chickpeas (small variety) – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 18-30 Minutes
  3. Kidney Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 30-35 Minutes
  4. Pinto Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 25 Minutes –
  5. Navy Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 30 Minutes (unsoaked) – 5-8 minutes (soaked)
  6. Great Northern Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 35 Minutes – 5-8 minutes (soaked)
  7. Mayakoba Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 15 minutes
  8. Black Eyed Peas – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 10-11 minutes
  9. Adzuki Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 8-10 minutes
  10. Split Peas Green – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 5 – 8 minutes (unsoaked)
  11. Soy Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 15- 25 minutes
  12. Lima Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 18-25 minutes
  13. Garbanzo beans (large variety) – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 20-40 minutes

How to Cook Beans on the Stovetop:

  • Soak the beans overnight: As instructed before, try to soak the beans a night before. Use either the hot soak or the traditional one for the best results. Before soaking, make sure to wash and rinse the beans thoroughly. Use filtered water to soak the beans and you can use the same water to cook the beans as well.
  • If using the stovetop method, transfer the beans to a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottom saucepan. Add the herbs and spices, if using and add enough water so that water is about an inch above the beans. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add water and bring the beans to a boil. Add enough water to cover the beans by about an inch. Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once it starts boiling, reduce to a low simmer and cook. Let the beans simmer in the liquid for about an hour or more depending on the type of beans you are using. Add salt, when the beans are barely tender and cook for some more time till the beans are tender yet have their shapes intact.
  • Cool and store the beans: Beans stay good even for a week when kept in air-tight containers inside the refrigerator. However, I prefer to keep the cooked beans frozen for up to 3-months. Remember that beans need to be cooled down completely before storage.

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Instant pot beans and their cooking time

Instant Pot Beans (+Stovetop Method)

Love instant pot beans and don't know how to cook beans the right way? Then, here I have a complete guide to cooking beans on the stovetop and in the instant pot. It's not super complicated, but super easier than you have ever imagined. Once you start making your own beans in the instant pot, you are never going to eat that canned stuff.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Indian, Mexican
Keyword: easy beans recipe, how to cook beans, instant pot beans, instant pot recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: 3

Equipment

  • Instant pot
  • Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Dried beans (Any Kind)(Video showing Red kidney beans)
  • 3-5 cups Water (Depending on the type of beans)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt and more if required

Herbs and Spices

  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1-2 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard oil(only for Indian curries)
  • few pods of clove and a small cardamom
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

How to make Instant Pot Beans?

  • My favorite method to cook beans is by cooking them in an IP. Before you start making your beans, rinse and wash your dried beans or use soaked beans. Depending on the type of beans, use enough water per a cup of beans while cooking in your Instant Pot.
    How to make instant pot beans
  • Cook on high pressure for the directed time(as mentioned in the recipe card). Once the cooking time is over, always allow the pot to release pressure naturally with a valve coming back to its natural position normally. After 20-minutes, you can move the valve to a venting position and do a quick release of pressure.
  • If making curry or Mexican style, add the seasoning now. Bring the pot into the saute mode and allow the mixture to boil. If you want, add 1/2 to 1 cup of water now to bring the beans to the right consistency. Adding tomato-based sauce/curry sauce or vinegar help the beans to
    become super yummy and easily digestible.
  • If not cooking the entire batch, store the cooked beans in its cooking liquid. It helps to keep them moist and tender. Refrigerate cooked beans up to 2-5 days in the refrigerator.

Instant Pot Beans Cook Time:

  • Black Beans – Beans mode or High Pressure – 30 Minutes – 5-8 minutes when soaked
    Chickpeas – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 40 Minutes – 18-30 minutes when soaked
    Kidney Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 35 Minutes
    Pinto Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 25 Minutes
    Navy Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 30 Minutes – 5-8minutes when soaked
    Great Northern Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 35 Minutes – 5-8 min when soaked
    Mayakoba Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 15 minutes
    Black Eyed Peas – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 10-11 minutes
    Adzuki Beans – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 8-10 minutes
    Split Peas Green – Beans Mode or High Pressure – 5 – 8 minutes

    Different beans cooked in instant pot

How to Cook Beans on the Stovetop:

  • Soak the beans overnight:
    As instructed before, try to soak the beans a night before. Use either the hot soak or the traditional one for the best results. Before soaking, make sure to wash and rinse the beans thoroughly. Use filtered water to soak the beans and you can use the same water to cook the beans as well.
    How to cook beans on the stovetop
  • If using the stovetop method, transfer the beans to a Dutch oven or large, heavy bottom sauce pan. Add the herbs and spices, if using and add enough water so that water is about an inch above the beans. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Add water and bring the beans to a boil. Add enough water to cover the beans by about an inch. Bring them to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once it starts boiling, reduce to a low simmer and cook. Let the beans simmer in the liquid for about an hour or more depending on the type of beans you are using. Add salt, when the beans are barely tender and cook for some more time till the beans are tender yet have their shapes intact.
  • Cool and store the beans:
    Beans stay good even for a week when kept in air-tight containers inside the refrigerator. However, I prefer to keep the cooked beans frozen for up to 3-months. Remember that beans need to be cooled down completely before storage.
    Easy cooked beans

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 100g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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Here is How to cook lentils in Instant Pot.

How many cups in 1 lb of beans?

Approximately two cups of dried beans make a pound or. 1 lb of beans, which yield 2-6 cups of cooked beans.

What is the ratio of beans to water?

The basic rule of thumb to soak beans is 1 cup dried beans in 3 cups of water.

How much dry beans equals to a can of beans?

1 lb of dry beans roughly yield 6-7 cups of cooked beans. Therefore, a 15 oz can is equivalent to 1/3 cup of dry beans.

Are beans healthy?

Beans are rich in good plant based protein, fibers and phyto compounds. Learn more about health benefits of beans here.

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23 comments

Ben September 9, 2019 - 3:33 pm

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Looks like I’m trading in my slow cooker for an instant pot. I love that I can make up a batch of beans super fast. No more waiting all day!

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Sophie September 9, 2019 - 7:56 pm

Thank you so much. An instant pot is a must have and it has slow cook option too.

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Jess September 9, 2019 - 8:58 pm

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Thank you for this post! Now I can say that making beans in the instapot just got a lot easier!

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Elena September 9, 2019 - 9:20 pm

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Very informative ! Thank you for sharing this.

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Jacqui Debono September 9, 2019 - 10:32 pm

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This is so informative! I haven’t been using my instant pot to its full potential, obviously!

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Veena Azmanov September 10, 2019 - 3:18 am

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Thanks for this interesting tips and information. This is all so very healthy and I love it.

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Elaine Benoit September 10, 2019 - 9:51 am

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What a great guide to beans. I love using my instant pot to cook them, but haven’t delved into all the ones you mentioned! Pinned and bookmarked for future reference!

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Amanda September 10, 2019 - 10:46 pm

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I’m so excited to make these beans in my Instant Pot! This will make it so much more convenient to make homemade beans. Thanks for sharing!

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Nuala September 11, 2019 - 7:08 pm

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Thanks for this most informative and helpful post. Could I freeze the cooked beans and then use as needed?

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Mayuri Patel September 13, 2019 - 12:10 pm

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Love your detailed post on different kinds of beans and how to cook them and how long to soak them.Its a very informative post as most Indian homes use beans practically every day. Generally I soak most beans overnight and lentils for 30 -60 minutes.

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Sharon September 15, 2019 - 1:50 pm

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These beans made in the instant pot will make my favorite side dish with tacos so much easier!

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Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli September 15, 2019 - 6:19 pm

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Love how informative this post is! We use a lot of beans, and prefer the dry ones to the canned variety. We soak them overnight and cook them on the stovetop because we don’t have an instant pot. Wow, how much time we would save with it! 🙂

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Danielle September 15, 2019 - 7:26 pm

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Beans and Instant Pot must be two best friends! Delicious recipe. And that chart with cooking times – it is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it in your post 🙂

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amrita roy September 16, 2019 - 12:42 am

Beans are almost part of our daily life and it takes time to cook if not soaked prior…This post is really useful to know about the timings to cook varieties of beans

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Anshu September 16, 2019 - 7:58 am

Oh, what an informative post on types of beans, their cooking and soaking times. While i dont use an instant pot, I am sure this would be applicable for pressure cooking as well.

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Priya Srinivasan September 16, 2019 - 10:28 am

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Wow, totally love this post, so much info into one. Love how you explained the cooking time for every bean. Totally an amazing post! Lot of help for the instapot users!

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Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey September 18, 2019 - 3:16 am

What a detailed and informative post. I always soak my beans and lentils prior boiling/cooking.

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Jayashree T.Rao September 18, 2019 - 3:20 am

Love the tips here. Soaking the beans is utmost important, it will fasten the cooking time.

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sasmita sahoo September 18, 2019 - 7:17 am

Such a nice post on different kinds of beans particularly the info regarding how to cook them and how long to soak them etc . Definitely these tips help most homemakers !

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Lathiya September 19, 2019 - 2:11 pm

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Such a detailed post. I can see how much effort you would have put for this.

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Sapna September 19, 2019 - 3:31 pm

This is such an informative post to know about beans. Will come back later to read again.

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Praneetha September 20, 2019 - 2:55 am

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This is indeed an informative post.You have covered a lot of commonly asked questions which I’m sure the readers will find of use. To add, it is important to soak bean for 12 hours at least (even more if possible) to reduce the effect of phytic acid in them. This is what causes bloating and hinders the absorption of nutrients.

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ARCHANA October 1, 2019 - 6:39 am

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Such an informative post!! Your post has me wanting to buy the instapot . I had successfully put it behind the back of my eyes. Definitely this post will be useful to readers.

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