Cooking Beans in an Instant Pot

You can soak dry beans overnight or use the quick soak method, but they can also be cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Learn how to prep the beans and use the right settings.


  • 1-2 c dry beans (pinto, black, white, chili, etc)
  • Water
  • Instant Pot pressure cooker
  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  2. Soak beans overnight or for several hours in the fridge.
  3. Rinse and discard cracked or split beans and pour into Instant Pot.
  4. Add water (about twice as much water as beans, at least 1-2 c. in a pressure cooker).
  5. Close and seal pressure cooker.
  6. Cook on manual pressure for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Release pressure when finished cooking. Be careful as hot steam escapes.
  8. Drain beans in a colander.
  9. Use immediately or rinse and cool.
  10. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze any leftovers.



  • Beans & Rice (with toppings)
  • Burrito bowls (with toppings)
  • Refried beans
  • Bean burritos
  • Salads
  • Soups

Makes 4-8 servings

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