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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


  • Instant pot
  • Dutch oven


  • 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


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



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