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Instant Pot Chickpeas. Learn just how easy it is to cook chickpeas in the instant pot pressure cooker. Dump the ingredients into your instant pot and come back to perfect chickpeas without any soaking.

Even better, we will show you how to transform your instant pot chickpeas into two types of hummuses as well as other instant pot chickpea recipe suggestions.

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Instant Pot Chickpeas
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Chickpeas In Instant Pot

I am a huge fan of chickpeas and so is my four year old son Jorge. In fact, if you were to ask him what his favourite foods are, he would say our air fryer cajun shrimp and air fryer chickpeas.

When he is ill, he will ask for one of these two foods.

Then he will eat chickpeas like other people eat potato chips.

I will buy can after can after can of chickpeas, drain them, then air fry them for him.

But I am also aware of the high salt content in a traditional can of chickpeas and was looking for a healthier option for Jorge. One that would be just as cheap, would be easy and convenient and one that we can rinse and repeat whenever we are low on chickpeas.

I decided to FINALLY after a long time of thinking about it, buy some dried chickpeas and see what the fuss is about with instant pot chickpeas.


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Can I Cook Chickpeas Without Soaking?

Yes, you can. You only need to soak chickpeas if you are cooking them via a traditional method such as boiling your chickpeas in a pan.

But thanks to the Instant Pot, you can create no soak chickpeas in record time. Forget soaking your chickpeas overnight. Instead load the ingredients into the instant pot pressure cooker and come back later when it beeps.

Instant Pot Chickpeas With Many Names!

Ask us Milner’s and we will always call them instant pot chickpeas. But I notice around the world and in different cultures that they have different names.

For example, here in Portugal they are called Grão-De-Bico and like most places you can buy a bag of them dried and use them in many recipes. And just like the rest of the Mediterranean they are used a lot here in stews in winter and salads in summer.

Then of course, many refer to them as garbanzo beans in instant pot, or call it chick peas rather than chickpeas.

I find that as most people refer to them as chickpeas, that is what I will call them in this recipe. So, if you call yours something different, note that they are one of the same.

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Instant Pot Chickpea Recipe Ingredients

Instant Pot Chickpea Recipe

Chickpeas – Any dried chickpeas will do the trick. Remember to cook chickpeas in the instant pot, they are no soak and can go straight in.

Liquid – Its essential to have liquid to send the instant pot to pressure. You can opt for a vegetable broth or vegetable stock, or keep it simple with water. I much prefer boiling chickpeas in the instant pot with water. That way I can use them with any recipe.

Seasoning – You can keep it simple with salt and pepper, or mix it up with other seasonings, depending on what you are using them for. Or if you are making hummus, you can add in garlic for extra flavour.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this chickpea instant pot recipe, it has just been our instant pot pressure cooker. We have this one and its wonderful for instant pot dried beans and peas, as well as for other instant pot classics.

How To Cook Chickpeas In Instant Pot?

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  • Rinse. Load your dried chickpeas into a sieve and check for dead chickpeas and remove any stones or any broken chickpeas.
  • Dump. Load rinsed chickpeas, seasoning and liquid into the instant pot pressure cooker.
  • Pressure Cook. Then pressure cook for 40 minutes followed by a 5 minute natural pressure release. You will now have perfectly cooked chickpeas thanks to the instant pot.

Instant Pot Chickpeas For Hummus

One of the best uses of instant pot chickpeas is to transform them into some yummy hummus.

What you do is follow our pressure cooker chickpeas recipe and then load the contents (including the liquid) from the instant pot into the blender.

Then also add:

Then blend until smooth and it will look like this:

instant pot chickpeas for hummus

Then serve it, like you would with other hummus with carrot sticks and you can guarantee in the Milner house, Jorge gets the first taste test:

instant pot hummus

Or if you want a chocolate alternative you can also make chocolate hummus. Again dump everything in the instant pot, but replace the extra ingredients with:

This will then create a creamy chocolate dip made from hummus and is very addictive!

Instant Pot Chickpeas Curry

Another of my favourite instant pot recipes with chickpeas is to stir your just cooked chickpeas with my homemade pressure cooker curry sauce.

It’s simple, filling, and full of flavour and perfect for using up spare chickpeas with.

Or even better, make our air fryer chickpeas as they are wonderfully crispy and then toss in the sauce and reheat in the air fryer, like we show you in our air fryer chickpea curry.

How Long To Cook Chickpeas In Instant Pot?

The instant pot chickpeas time is JUST 40 minutes, plus an extra 5 minutes of natural pressure release.

I have experimented with a lot of different cook times for chickpeas in the instant pot and have found that 40 minutes is the closest to what a can of chickpeas is like.

More Amazing Must Try Instant Pot Recipes

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Instant Pot Chickpeas

Instant Pot Chickpeas. Learn just how easy it is to cook chickpeas in the instant pot pressure cooker. Dump the ingredients into your instant pot and come back to perfect chickpeas without any soaking.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 4
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Kitchen Gadgets:

Instant Pot Chickpeas Ingredients:

  • 480 ml Chickpeas
  • 1440 ml Water
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Rinse your chickpeas and get rid of any bad bits or stones and load into the instant pot.
    Chickpeas In Instant Pot
  • Load water, salt, and pepper into the instant pot pressure cooker.
    Chickpeas In Instant Pot
  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 40 minutes.
    Chickpeas In Instant Pot
  • Allow for 5 minutes of natural pressure release before releasing pressure cand removing the lid.
    Chickpeas In Instant Pot


Swaps. I love to keep it simple and season my chickpeas with salt, pepper and then use water. You can mix it up and add flavours, but when making in bulk by keeping it simple you can use it in a lot of different recipes.
Size. You can also measure it in cups and its 2 cups of chickpeas to 6 cups of water. Or even easier, think that the water is triple the chickpeas.
Thanks for reading our instant pot chickpeas recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more chickpeas, then I recommend you try our air fryer southwestern salad next.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg
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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.

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  1. 5 stars
    I always wanted to see how a pressure cooker could do dried beans and chick peas, thanks these came out so soft and not over cooked at all.

  2. 5 stars
    I followed your air fryer version, the ones you did from a can and was hoping you would do some dry ones, these turned out better than can ones and then i used these and followed your air fryer ones and they were delicious.