I think that a warm pot of beans whenever you want them is at least half the reason for owning an Instant Pot.

Forget pre-soaking. Forget hours of gentle simmering.

Beans on the stovetop are fantastic for a lazy weekend afternoon, but with a pressure cooker, you can go from opening a bag of dried legumes to plump, tender beans in under an hour. How’s that for a sales pitch?!

Video! How to Cook Beans in the Instant Pot

Which Pressure Cooker to Use

You’ll need a 6- to 8-quart pressure cooker to make a batch of beans. I use a 6-quart Instant Pot, but you can follow this basic method for other electric pressure cookers and stovetop pressure cookers as well.

What Kinds of Beans Work with this Method?

You can cook any kind of bean in the instant pot, including:

  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Great Northern beans
  • Navy beans
  • Pinto…

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