Instant Pot Beans: How to Cook Dried Beans in a Pressure Cooker with No Pre-Soaking Required: The EASIEST, FASTEST way to cook dried beans with success.
Do you guys have an Instant Pot?
Well, you need to get on it and get one ASAP!! I mean, like yesterday! I myself was skeptical of these magical pressure cooking pots, but my I figured that since I am looked to for answers on all things food related, I owed it to you all to get one and see if the all the buzz was true.
Number one reason to fall in love with your pressure cooker is when you make Instant Pot Dried Beans!
If beans aren’t your thing, check out my collection of Easy Healthy Instant Pot Recipes.
These pressure cookers are the BEST thing ever in a person who is busy but wants to cook home cooked meals. I was hooked the first time I used my Instant Pot–which by the way was when I tried to make my 5 Ingredient Pot Roast with a frozen chuck roast and it was ready in less than an hour!! Crazy–right?!!
My latest obsession is making my dried beans in the Instant Pot.
And in seriously a matter of 5 minutes prep and less than an hour, I have cooked dried beans that are ready to use. Not to mention, pressure cooking the beans results in the most tender beans I have EVER had! They have better texture than canned beans.
Instant Pot Beans
Okay, let’s break cooking dried beans without soaking down for you.
YES, you can cook dried beans WITHOUT soaking first. I know, mind blowing!
How To Make Instant Pot Beans
- Rinse and sort your dried beans–just look over your dried beans to be sure there are no rocks that have snuck in!
- Place 1 pound dried beans with 6- 8 cups water in your Instant Pot.
- Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes for just cooked beans that hold their shape and have a bit of chew.
- For softer beans, cook for 40-45 minutes for super tender beans.
- Once beans have finished cooking, drain off the cooking liquid and use as directed in recipes.
- I do like to store cooked beans in a bit of the cooking liquid to keep them moist and tender while they sit in fridge, this is not necessary, but suggested.
How to Flavor Beans
Instead of just cooking dried beans in water alone, I like to add a little flavor to my beans. This step of course is optional, but highly encouraged.
- Along with beans and water, add an halved onion, bay leaf and 2-3 teaspoons salt.
- For Southwestern dishes, I add in 1-2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning.
How do I know how much dried beans to cook for a recipe?
- First of all, let me start by saying that one pound of dried beans is equivalent to about 2 cups of measured dried beans. Therefore, if you don’t have a one pound bag of dried beans, just measure out 2 cups of beans for this recipe.
- Dried beans will triple in quantity when cooked. So for 1 pound, or 2 cups, of dried beans, you will have 6 cups cooked beans.
- Most recipes call for 15 ounce cans of beans. This is about 2 cups COOKED beans.
- Therefore this recipe for dried beans makes 6 cups cooked beans, or the equivalent to 3 cans of beans.
How do I store leftover cooked beans?
You can cook extra beans in your pressure cooker to have on hand for recipes.
- Store leftover cooked beans in the refrigerator for 5 days. I keep the beans with a bit of the cooking liquid (much like you see in canned beans to keep them moist.) Just drain before serving.
- Or freeze prepared beans in 1 to 2 cup portions in freezer safe bags/containers in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can add a bit of cooking liquid to the beans you plan to freeze as well.
A Few Hints For Cooking Instant Pot Dried Beans
- Almost all dried beans take 30 minutes to cook. I have found that black beans are ready in 25 minutes and chickpeas, are softer at 40 minutes.
- If you like your beans SUPER soft, without a bite left to them, cook for 40-45 minutes on high pressure.
- Never fill your inner pot of your pressure cooker more than 1/2 full when cooking beans.
- It is best to let the pressure release naturally for beans to retain shape. However, you may do a rapid release after 10 minutes, by putting on oven mits and pushing steam valve to release. Just be careful not to burn stand too close–that steam can burn your face!
- If you find beans to be hard on your stomach or make you gassy, either pre-soak beans overnight first and/or add in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar while cooking.
- You will most likely have liquid left after cooking the beans in the instant pot, just drain off the liquid before using in recipes.
Recipes to Use Cooked Beans
- Healthy Black Bean Baked Tacos
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos
- Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup
- Vegetarian Lentil Chili
- Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chili
Let’s Make Instant Pot Beans
Instant Pot Dried Beans
- 1 pound dried beans rinsed and sorted (this is equal to 2 measuring cups full of dried beans)
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar optional
- 1 bay leaf optional
- 1 onion, sliced optional
- Place beans, salt and water in pressure cooker. Add in apple cider vinegar, bay leaf and onion if using.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and close valve to "seal."
- Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. *See notes
- Allow to naturally release until pressure subsides, or at least 20 minutes before doing a quick release.
- Once beans have finished cooking, drain off the cooking liquid and use as directed in recipes. I do like to store cooked beans in a bit of the cooking liquid to keep them moist and tender while they sit in fridge, this is not necessary, but suggested.
- Almost all dried beans take 30 minutes to cook.
- I have found that black beans are ready in 25 minutes and chickpeas are softer at 40 minutes.
- For incredibly soft beans without much structure left, cook for 40-45 minutes on high pressure.
- Add in the apple cider vinegar to help aid in digestion of beans.
My Must Have Instant Pot Accessories for Making Dried Beans
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