How to cook black beans in an Instant Pot
I received an Instant Pot for Christmas! Well, actually I bought myself an Instant Pot for Christmas! Now I’ve been busy trying out different recipes.
I use a lot of black beans in cooking, but often I just used canned black beans. Sometimes I would cook up a batch, but it always took 2-3 hours and then sometimes they still didn’t seem perfectly tender.
The black beans in the pressure cooker turned out perfectly. They are completely cooked through and can be used in all my favorite recipes.
A Few Tips to Keep in Mind When Using an Instant Pot for Beans
- Plan extra time – the actual cook time for these beans is 20 minutes. It takes 20-30 minutes for the pot to come to full pressure and about 40 minutes for it to release it’s pressure naturally.
- Do not use the quick release when making beans. The cool down is needed to continue cooking the beans.
- Do not over fill your pot. The beans expand! I used a one pound bag of dried beans.
- No need to soak your beans before cooking. You can if you’d like, but it’s one of those things I always forget to do and it’s not needed!
- Wait for the float valve to drop and your pot turns to Keep Warm before opening lid.
- Open the lid carefully. Tilt the lid away from you when opening.
- I didn’t add any seasoning or salt prior to cooking my beans.
These beans can be used in any of your favorite dishes.
Some of my favorites include:
If you are looking for a pressure cooker, this is the one I purchased – Instant Pot
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Dried black beans cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
- 1 pound black beans
- 8 cups water
Sort through beans making certain there isn't any foreign debris or shriveled beans.
Add beans to Instant Pot. Add water.
Close lid. Turn the steam release valve to sealing.
Set pressure cooker to High Pressure Cooking for 20 minutes.
Allow pressure cooker to natural release - do not use quick release. This can take up to 40 minutes. The float valve will drop back down when all the pressure has been released.
Open lid carefully.
Please follow instructions for your electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot for use.