Instant Pot Black Beans (perfectly cooked, no soaking!)

bowl of black beans

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This simple, straightforward recipe for Instant Pot no soak black beans makes flavorful beans that can be eaten alone or added to recipes.

Double this recipe for a bigger batch of cooked beans - just stick with the ratio of about 3 cups water for every 1 cup/8 ounces dried black beans. 

Total Instant Pot Cooking Time: 10 minutes to reach pressure + 30 to 35 minutes cooking time + natural release


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  • 1 cup dried black beans (about 8 ounces)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with your palm
  • 1/2 an onion, peeled and cut in half again


  1. Rinse the beans with water to remove any dust or debris
  2. Combine beans, water and salt in the Instant Pot. Adding garlic and onion is optional, but adds more flavor.
  3. For even more flavor, add fresh herbs, spices, bay leaf, a ham hock or bacon. You can also saute bell peppers and/or onion and garlic, and then add the beans and water. 
  4. Secure the lid, making sure the steam valve is in the sealed position.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 30 to 35 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally (takes about 20 minutes.) 
  6. I usually cook black beans for 35 minutes. You can start with less time and if the beans aren't tender enough, stir the beans after they cook and then continue to cook them in additional 5 minute increments. 
  7. You'll have cooking liquid left in the pot when the beans are done. I often serve the beans with a little bit of liquid to keep them moist. You can strain the liquid from the beans if you’re using the beans in a recipe, but consider keeping the bean broth to use as a flavorful base for soup. 


If your beans don't seem cooked enough you can always secure the lid back on the Instant Pot and cook the beans for a few more minutes, as long as there is still liquid in the pot.  For this reason, it's often better to error on the side of slightly undercooking the beans, because you can always add more cooking time. Make sure to stir the beans first, so that the beans on the top are mixed back into the water before they're cooked again.

Some brands of beans (especially higher quality, fresher beans) will cook faster than bags of inexpensive grocery store beans. 

You can make this recipe using a full pound of dried beans. For a full pound of beans, I add 6 cups of water. 

When cooking beans (and grains) it's recommended that the Instant Pot is never filled more than half full. Beans and grains need room to expand as they cook. 

This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot.