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Instant Pot Cooking Times for Beans

Here are the Instant Pot cooking times for beans. Plus free printable pressure cooker cooking times you can print out for meat and vegetables too. How long to cook dry beans in Instant Pot with no soaking required is here.

instant pot cooking times for beans

I have a free printable here showing you the best Instant Pot cooking times for beans, works for a traditional pressure cooker too, so you can print it out and not have to search for this info when you need it. This and more helpful hints and Instant Pot recipes are here on The Typical Mom! (originally published 2/17, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Dried Beans

If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker you know it is fabulous and so much easier and quicker to cook just about anything. We talk all about how long do beans take to cook with every method out there but this post is specific to using an electric pressure cooker.

Cooking dried beans doesn’t take very long but having a “cheat sheet” of sorts helps when you want to make them. This is handy for a Crockpot Express and/or Ninja Foodi as well. They all work basically the same.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Of course you can always throw in a can of canned beans to cook our 5 ingredient Ninja Foodi chili. BUT what is the timing if you wanted to cook from dry at the beginning. You totally can and it is really quite simple. Just print this out and keep it in your cookbook or drawer for quick reference.

Instant Pot Cooking Times for Beans

If you’re new to the Instant Pot world welcome!! We will show you how to cook beans in a pressure cooker today! There are tons of varieties out there but on the list are the most common out there. Larger will take a bit longer and tiny will be rather quick.

Like how to cook mung beans is not on our list but since I figured it out I thought I would share it here in case that is your interest.

no soak instant pot baked beans

Instant Pot Beans No Soak

Cooking dry beans has never been easier! Pre soaked beans are a thing of the past with this multi cooker. In just 30 minutes you could have tender navy beans or black beans vs. cooking them all day in your slow cooker.

Yes you can visit each one of my posts to read about let’s say How to Cook Kidney Beans and how each are done but a spreadsheet is easier to just pull out. To make things easier here are a few resources and Instant Pot printables.

Now this timing is for dry beans that have been covered with water. I typically use 16 oz. of dry beans and put 4 cups of water inside the pot with them.

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Cooking dry beans in your Instant Pot

I set it to the bean setting/button and they are pretty dead on. Of course everyone has their preference as far as how tender you want them but it is a good guide. I’ve used it several times when I’ve cooked these meals and dried lima beans without having to soak them first.

  1. Pressure cooker bean soup
  2. Instant Pot Hoppin John
  3. Easy Pressure cooker refried beans
  4. Here’s how to cook garbanzo beans in an Instant Pot
  5. No soak Instant Pot baked beans

This is my most popular pinto bean recipe using un cooked beans to begin with. Pressure cooking makes this a snap and they’re 1000x better than canned.

healthy instant pot refried beans

Cooking dry beans in a pressure cooker

  • Allow steam to pressure release naturally, a quick release won’t allow them to get as tender.
  • Use the chart above as an estimate for about 1 c. of dry beans.
    • Pressure cook times will vary depending on how many you’re cooking and how tender you like them.
      • For instance, 20 minutes for dry lima beans would mean you’re using 1 cup of them. If increasing to 1 1/2 cups I would increase the cook time to at least 25 minutes.
  • Use twice as much water as beans.

At the end of the day this is MUCH easier than on your stove top. Looking for a few easy Instant Pot recipes using canned beans?

Cooking Beans in a Pressure Cooker

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Tuesday 31st of March 2020

How do cooking times change if you soak beans ? I’ve read that soaking is important to be able to absorb the most nutritional value


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

What about frozen speckled butter beans like packeged pictsweet brand and frozen cajun smoked turkey wings? do they go in together or must the meat be cooked first? I am 71 with my 1st ip 6 qt and am lost without step by step. Please help if you can. Thanks, Jim


Saturday 12th of January 2019

What if your using canned beans not dried how does it change recipe.

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Saturday 12th of January 2019

Canned beans are already cooked and just need to be warmed so you wouldn't need these times. If you just want to warm canned beans I might add 1 c water, plus the can and set to saute. Heat until hot enough for you.


Sunday 30th of September 2018

I don’t have a beans setting on mine. What setting do I use instead?

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