Dry Red Beans in the Instant Pot®


I don't buy canned beans anymore; I use my pressure cooker to cook them from dry every time. I don't even have to think about soaking them ahead of time, since that's not needed. If you do decide to soak, check your appliance manual because cooking time will be shorter.

close up view of Dry Red Beans in a mug
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 1/3 cups


  • 2 ¼ cups dry kidney beans


  1. Pour beans into a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Cover with a few inches of cool water. Close and lock the lid. Select Manual; set timer for 28 minutes on high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Drain beans and let cool.

Cook's Notes:

Cook beans for 25 minutes if they're going into a soup, because they will continue cooking. Cook for 30 minutes if you're going to use the beans in salads or other finished dishes.

Cooked beans freeze well! Pour cooled beans into an airtight container with some of the cooking liquid. Leave room at the top for expansion; cover with the lid and freeze. Or pour into a heavy-duty zip-top bag with some of the cooking liquid. Seal and place on a plate to freeze flat. Once frozen, the flat bags are easier to store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
1g Fat
32g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 703mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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