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You will fall in love with instant pot black beans. Easy prep, flavoursome, perfect for meal prep, and so much better than black beans from a can.

Just pick up some dried black beans from your favourite shop, and then follow along with our instant pot black beans recipe that is perfect every single time.

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Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe
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Instant Pot Black Beans No Soak

I was chatting to a lovely lady on an instant pot Facebook group recently. We were talking about what a big difference the instant pot made to our lives.

What I found interesting is what she loved about the instant pot.

She had that the instant pot made her healthy. Before that she thought nothing of cream of mushroom soup in her meals or using canned beans or canned tomato sauce.

Yet now she was making instant pot mushroom soup for her sauces, was cooking dried black beans and loved a batch of instant pot steel cut oatmeal.

I have to agree totally with her.

Even though I have often avoided processed foods myself, I had to get an instant pot to make yoghurt from scratch, the beans, and my favourite of them all instant pot veggie stock.

But I realised that even though I adore instant pot black beans and cooking beans in the instant pot, outside of our learn your instant pot course, I have never shared how I cook beans in the instant pot.

This week we are going crazy for beans starting with instant pot black beans no soak, which like it sounds requires zero soaking and is perfect for loading into your favourite instant pot meals, for meal prep, for salads, and so much more.

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Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?

Yes, yes, yes, I want to shout from the rooftops that you most certainly can make beans in the instant pot.

You can go out and buy your dried beans, load them into the instant pot, add stock and liquid and then let the instant pot work its magic.

In fact, making beans such as these instant pot black beans is up there with the best uses of the instant pot, or other brands of electric pressure cookers.

Do I Have To Soak Beans For Instant Pot?

No soaking is required for any dried beans that you are cooking in the instant pot. You load up the beans and they pressure cook in the water and this results in perfect beans that have not needed to be soaked.

Many name the fact that the instant pot can make no soak beans as one of the biggest reasons for their purchase.

Buying Dried Black Beans For The Instant Pot

You can use any local shop for buying of your black beans. I got my black beans from my local refill jar.

It’s a great shop with many beans, lentils, and pasta products. It also has every dried herb and spice you can think of as well as selling soap and even hair conditioner.

Here is its huge collection of beans, rice, pasta, and lentils:

black beans at refill jar

Its also great if you just need a small portion of something obscure for a recipe that you will never use again.

I then fill up one of my favourite plastic containers that I use just for taking to the refill jar and for storing my beans at home in.

black beans for the instant pot

Plus, because it is plastic, I don’t have to worry about it breaking on the way back from the shops.

What Is The Ratio Of Black Beans To Water In Instant Pot?

The bean to water ratio in the instant pot is rather interesting. That is because you are cooking black beans in the instant pot with both water and stock.

If you add the water quantity to the stock liquid, then you would need 2.5 cups (600ml) to 2 cups (480ml) of black beams.

Or as I like to think of it, a little more liquid to black beans so that they are covered:

What Is The Ratio Of Black Beans To Water In Instant Pot

Then after pressure cooking, they will look like this, where all liquid has soaked in the beans:

bean to water ratio in the instant pot

And if you are wondering why use the stock cube? Then its essential to well flavoured black beans otherwise they are bland and you would need a LOT of salt to make them taste good.

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Black Beans Instant Pot Ingredients

Black Beans Instant Pot Ingredients

Beans – For your black beans in the instant pot it starts with some quality dried black beans. I say quality because go cheap and they have lots of broken ones and don’t taste as nice when pressure cooked.

Stock – The second essential ingredient for cooking black beans in the instant pot, is the stock. Please don’t skip this as this is what makes dried black beans taste good. I recommend either our instant pot chicken stock (good if using for mainly meat dishes) or our instant pot veggie stock. Both we make in the instant pot and then freeze for using in recipes like this.

Water – You also want water as well as the stock to balance out the flavour and so that there is enough liquid to go to pressure.

Seasoning – Before adding seasoning to your black beans decide what recipes the black beans are going to be in. Then choose seasoning around that. For example, if it’s for summer pastas I would add oregano or basil. Then salt and pepper works well for a good all round taste.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this dried black beans instant pot recipe it has just been our Instant Pot. We have this one and it’s my favourite and great for a lot of dried foods that you want to avoid a soak with.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.

How To Cook Dried Black Beans In Instant Pot?

instant pot black beans step by step
  • Rinse. Start by rinsing your black beans under a cold tap and getting rid of any bad bits.
  • Load. Then load up your instant pot with dried black beans, water, veggie stock and seasonings.
  • Cook. Pressure cook for 25 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
  • Stir. Using a silicone spatula, stir your just cooked black beans before serving.

And I am sure you can see now how simple and quick cooking in the instant pot is, and why you should be doing it too!

How Long To Cook Black Beans In Instant Pot?

You will be impressed with the instant pot dried black beans cook time. I know I am and each time I cook black beans in the instant pot, it puts a grin across my face.

That is because the instant pot black beans cook time is JUST 25 minutes.

1 Cup Black Beans In Instant Pot

If you want to do 1 cup of black beans in the instant pot, then that is easy to do too. Simply swap the serving size of 2 for 1 and it will automatically reduce the ingredients for 1 cup of black beans.

Then you can print out the beans recipe and do just 1 cup. And you will be pleased to know that 1 cup will expand and will be fantastic for feeding four people for dinner.

Black Beans Instant Pot Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t skip the veggie stock step. Using homemade instant pot veggie stock will transform your black beans. Otherwise they will be rather boring and bland.
  • Even though I used the instant pot, this black beans instant pot recipe will work with any electric pressure cooker.
  • You can store leftover cooked black beans in your fridge and use them over a few different meals.
  • Add seasonings that fit in with what you are using the black beans for. For example, if we are using them for a Mexican night we will add Mexican seasoning to the pot.
  • The ratio is mentioned in the recipe card and once you get used to the ratio it will be easy to remember for future bean batches.
  • Remember to allow your black beans to cool completely before placing into storage jars otherwise you will get a lot of condensation on them.

Interesting Instant Pot Trick – Use hot water from the tap when adding water to the instant pot. It will then speed up the time it takes to go to pressure.

Instant Pot Recipes With Black Beans

Instant Pot Black Beans

Your black beans in instant pot recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.

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Instant Pot Black Beans

You will fall in love with instant pot black beans. Easy prep, flavoursome, perfect for meal prep, and so much better than black beans from a can.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 2
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  • Rinse and then drain your 2 cups of dried black beans, making sure you get rid of any broken bits of beans.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?
  • Place the dried black beans into the instant pot. Then add 1.5 cups of water, followed by seasonings, and mix well.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?
  • Add a frozen vegetable stock cube on top.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot. Set the valve to sealing and cook for 25 minutes on the beans function.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?
  • Do a quick pressure release, stir, and serve.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?
  • If using your black beans for meal prep, then allow to fully cool before placing into mason jars.
    Can You Make Beans In An Instant Pot?


Texture. We all like our black beans different. 25 minutes with a QPR will produce just cooked black beans that don’t go to mush and is perfect for mixing with rice for a one pot dinner. If you want mushy black beans do a 30 minute cook time and then do a natural pressure release.
Quantities. One recipe is 2 cups of black beans, and they will make double when cooked.
Frozen Stock. Your frozen stock sits on top and will defrost as the beans cook, creating a much more flavoursome black beans recipe.
Thanks for reading our instant pot black beans recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more dried pulses, I recommend you try our instant pot chickpeas next.


Calories: 832kcal | Carbohydrates: 152g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 3573mg | Fiber: 37g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 12mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. 5 stars
    Have wanted to try this recipe as i have always cooked dry beans, these turned out great and i am now trying to try your other beans.