The Easiest Way to Cook Dried Beans

Instant Pot Dried Beans

How to Cook Dried Beans in a Pressure Cooker with No Pre-Soaking Required 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Beans
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Pressure Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 pound dried beans rinsed and sorted (this is equal to 2 measuring cups full of dried beans)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf optional
  • 1 onion, sliced optional
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar optional


  • Place beans, water and onion and bay leaf if using in pressure cooker.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and close valve to "seal."
  • Cook on High Pressure for Following Times:
    Black Beans--30 Minutes on High Pressure
    Chickpeas--40 Minutes on High Pressure
    Kidney Beans--35 Minutes on High Pressure
    Pinto Beans--25 Minutes on High Pressure
    Navy Beans--30 Minutes on High Pressure
    Great Northern Beans-- on 35 Minutes High Pressure
  • Allow to naturally release until pressure subsides, or at least 20 minutes before doing a quick release.
  • Once beans have finished cooking, stir in salt and vinegar if using. 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. 


  • For incredibly soft beans without much structure left, and 10 minutes to cook time. 
  • For pre-soaked beans, decrease cook time by 10 minutes. 
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Dried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63
% Daily Value*
Sodium 200mg9%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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