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Instant Pot Black Beans

January 10, 2019 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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How to cook black beans in an Instant Pot

A bowlful of black beans cooked 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.

These Instant Pot Black Beans are one of my first things to try. They turned out beautifully. Some other Instant Pot recipes you might want to try are Bone Broth and Hard Boiled Eggs.

Dried black beans in a bowl and spread on a white board.

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.

A bowlful of black beans cooked in a pressure cooker.

These beans can be used in any of your favorite dishes.

Some of my favorites include:

Black Bean Taco Cups

Spaghetti Squash Boats with Black Beans

Black Bean Burrito Bowls

Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Black Beans and Rice

Three Bean Salad

If you are looking for a pressure cooker, this is the one I purchased – Instant Pot

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5 from 3 votes
Instant Pot Black Beans were cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Black Beans
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Pressurizing and Depressurizing
1 hr
Total Time
23 mins

Dried black beans cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, Cooking beans in a pressure cooker, Cooking beans in an Instant Pot, Instant Pot
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 pound black beans
  • 8 cups water
  1. Sort through beans making certain there isn't any foreign debris or shriveled beans.

  2. Add beans to Instant Pot. Add water.

  3. Close lid. Turn the steam release valve to sealing.

  4. Set pressure cooker to High Pressure Cooking for 20 minutes. 

  5. 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.

  6. Open lid carefully. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Please follow instructions for your electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot for use.Ā 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 14, 2019 at 5:33 am

    5 stars
    I’m pretty sure I’m the only food blogger in the world who doesn’t own an Instant Pot. Haha! But I keep thinking about getting one. Perhaps one day! These black beans look amazing, and I do love black beans. Interesting tip about not using the quick release here…I had no idea! Well done, my friend!

    • Reply
      January 15, 2019 at 5:35 am

      I was a bit late to the Instant Pot party, but now that I’m here I’m hooked!

  • Reply
    January 13, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve made black beans quite a few times in my Instant Pot. And pinto beans, and garbanzo beans, and kidney beans…. It’s amazing for cooking beans, pretty much a mainstay for vegetarians. The black beans keep in the fridge for a few days, and they also freeze well. Nice video!

    • Reply
      January 15, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Thanks, Cheryl! I’ve been freezing beans too. So convenient when you just need a small amount.

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    January 11, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Hi Kathy – lucky you to have an instant pot! I still don’t have one yet but friends keep telling me it’s a must! This simple black bean recipe is proof. Anything that saves this much time with such a great result has gotta be good. The beans look great and I use them in recipes all the time too. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Reply
      January 15, 2019 at 5:45 am

      I actually prefer them cooked in the pressure cooker rather than on the stove.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    Still have joined the Instant Pot craze, but I’m thinking I should. lots of delicious recipes out there! And we love black beans!

    • Reply
      January 11, 2019 at 5:22 am

      I held off for a long time – I’m so glad I’ve got one now! I’m cooking all sorts of amazing dishes. šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    January 10, 2019 at 8:31 am

    5 stars
    Ohh! I love this! I think it’s time I get myself an Instant Pot!! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      January 11, 2019 at 5:22 am

      I think it’s time! šŸ™‚

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