Quick Soaking Dry Beans in the Instant Pot
By :HipPressureCooking
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Votes: 6
Rating: 4.67
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beans
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2-10 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beans
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2-10 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.67
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Instructions
  1. Place water, beans and salt into the Instant Pot
  2. Set Instant Pot to Manual and cook for 2-8 minutes at pressure.
  3. Once time is up, slow release the pressure from the Instant Pot.
  4. Strain, rinse and drain the beans.
  5. You are now able to use these beans in any recipe at normal cooking time!
  6. Note: You can double, triple, or half this recipe as long as you keep the ratio of beans to water at 1:4.
14 replies
  1. Alpenglowgirl
    Alpenglowgirl says:

    My instant pot does not have a “manual” button. But i can manually select pressure levels- but this recipe doesnt indicate which level to select.

  2. Banjo Grandma
    Banjo Grandma says:

    I think you select Pressure Cook, then select time. These recipes are not edited and many submitters leave out crucial information. I find it best to read through the entire recipe before starting.

  3. trinitysite
    trinitysite says:

    First time user of my Lux 6 quart cooker pot, wanted to make my bean soup. Used this to try out cooking dried beans and worked beautifully. I added my seasonings, hickory smoked bacon and now have it set on slow to finish it off. I’ve never had dried beans cook so fast. I’m a cook from scratch type of cook and this will save me a lot of time. I look forward to trying some of my homemade recipes. I’m a believer.

  4. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    2-8 minutes? I’m guessing this is dependent upon the size of the bean but give us a few examples to go off of….?

  5. Doris Shaw
    Doris Shaw says:

    By being able to use beans at normal cooking time, am I correct that this “normal” refers to
    presoaked beans? For example, now that I’ve soaked and drained 15 beans, I can use them in ham and bean soup with cooking time of 20 min. Is that correct?

    Also, by “slow release” does that mean natural release?

  6. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Doris,

    That is correct, you can use the finished beans from this recipe for recipes that call for soaked beans.

    Slow release means a controlled quick release. Release the pressure in spurts as beans have the tendency to foam. Alternatively, you can naturally release pressure.

  7. Rubirocket
    Rubirocket says:

    Success! I followed these directions with 1 cup dry, rinsed beans and 4 cups water, ommited the salt, 8 min pressure cook, 10 min natural release. After 10 min I released remaining pressure by turning the valve to vent. I was confused by the contrairy replies from instant pot 4 days ago vs 4 months ago about what “natural release” meant. My beans turned out great and not mushy. I used a combjnation of Navy and Great Northern beans (50/50 mix). I will definitely use this method again.

  8. mike6866
    mike6866 says:

    Recipe is okay, but I found it to be more than a quick soak. I followed the instructions to pressure cook for 2-8 min then slow release the pressure. My intention was to use the beans for a normal recipe. Instead, when the pressure released (which took a looooooong time – 20+ min), the beans were fully cooked, not merely soaked. Not a problem – they tasted fine. Just be aware that this recipe may be more than a quick soak.

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