Beans in the Instant Pot

Cooking beans from scratch always intimidated me before I had a pressure cooker. I read the back of the bag multiple times in the grocery store and always decided to take the easy way out with canned beans. Soaking seemed too time-consuming and then I’d have to cook them on the stove for much longer than it takes to open a can and put the beans in the microwave.

Now that my son is here and eating solid food, I am trying to stop taking shortcuts and focus more on health and nutrition. With the Instant Pot or another pressure cooker, you can cook beans from scratch in less than 2 hours from start to finish. You can skip the soaking process if you want, and they will cook in 30 minutes (once the cooker reaches pressure)! This saves a lot of sodium and added ingredients, plus it allows you to avoid BPA and other chemicals in the lining of the can.

You only need a one pound bag of dried black or pinto beans, a teaspoon of salt, tablespoon of olive oil, and 8 cups of water. In 30 minutes of cooking time, you will have very tender, well-cooked beans. They are perfect for making veggie burgers! You can decrease the cooking time to 20-25 minutes if you decide to soak them first.


  • 1 lb dried black or pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cups water


  1. Sort through the beans to pick out any rocks or debris. Rinse beans well in cold water.
  2. Add beans to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  3. Add salt and oil, then water. Stir.
  4. Lock the lid, and make sure it is set to Sealing.
  5. Use the manual mode, high pressure, and set the timer for 30 minutes.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally for 25-30 minutes before removing the lid.

One thought on “Beans in the Instant Pot”

  1. Absolutely delicious! I too was intimidated by cooking the beans and with the pressure cooker it’s no longer a problem. Keep up the great and healthy posts!

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