Instant Pot Black Beans


You can use your pressure cooker to cook dried black beans from scratch in under an hour (way faster than soaking them overnight and cooking them on the stove!) And, you can skip buying them canned. If you do decide to soak, check your appliance manual because cooking time will be even shorter.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 1 ¼ cups dry black 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 21 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 time can range from 20 to 25 minutes based on the consistency you prefer. Choose a shorter time if the beans are going into a soup, because they will continue cooking. Cook longer if the beans are for salads or other side 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)

118 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 118
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 514mg 11%

* 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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