Instant Pot Baked Beans

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans) Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch in deliciously thick sticky sauce. Perfect for your next BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinners.

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Hong Kongers are a little obsessed with fresh food (it’s our life goal to buy fresh groceries everyday from the Wet Markets ?).

So we usually have a super limited supply of canned food in our itsy bitsy pantry. And canned tomato-based baked beans (aka Ketchup Beans 茄汁豆) is one of the rare ones that earned shelf space along with SPAM and Sardines.

And to a ketchup-obsessed kid, they were like jelly beans. hehe~

So, when mom pulls out the can opener for “emergencies”, I’d get all excited & ready for the perfect comforting meal of ketchup beans over rice.

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But when I had my first bite of American homemade baked beans from scratch, my soul was captivated by the rich sweet & hickory-smokey savory sauce.

Where have you been all my life?! ?

After some experiments and tweaks with beans & secret ingredients in the magic pot…

The tender creamy beans with a super flavorful sweet & savory glaze-like sauce.

Deliciously comforting to eat with the lingering smokey fragrance…yum!! ?

You seriously gotta try this Sweet ‘n Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans!

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans) Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch in deliciously thick sticky sauce. Perfect for your next BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinners.

 


 

Instant Pot Navy Beans Experiment

This is unusual…but we’re spilling the beans and publishing our Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe before our Experiment + Results.

We simply couldn’t hold off any longer for you to have a taste of our Sweet ‘n Smokey Baked Beans!

Instant Pot Navy Beans (Pressure Cooker Navy Beans) Experiment: making Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

One finding to mention from the experiment: 

Molasses slows down the bean cooking, and acid (including vinegar, dijon mustard, tomato sauce, ketchup) slows it down even further. So it is best to add in acid after pressure cooking.

Stay tuned for our Full Pressure Cooker Navy Beans Experiment + Results!

 


 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans) Homemade Baked Beans Recipe Ingredients

Soak Navy Beans

  • 1 pound (454g) dried navy beans(soaked overnight for at least 8 – 16 hours, 889g after soaked)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon (25g) fine table salt
  • 6 cups (1.5L) cold water

Baked Beans Sauce & Aromatics

  • 6 strips (242g) thick cut bacon, roughly diced
  • 1 (159g) small onion, roughly diced
  • 2 (6g) garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water
  • ¼ cup (80g) blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup (60g) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine table salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons (12g) dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) apple cider vinegar

 


 

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Instructions for Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Step 1
Soak Navy Beans


1 pound (454g) dried navy beans
1 ½ tablespoon (25g) fine table salt
6 cups (1.5L) cold water


Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): overnight soaking method vs. quick soaking method for navy beans
Results from Quick Soaking Method (left) vs. Overnight Soaking Method (right)

A. Overnight Soaking Method:

  • Place 1 lb (454g) dried navy beans and 1 ½ tbsp (25g) fine table salt in a large container.
  • Pour 6 cups (1.5L) cold water in the large container and give it a few stir.
  • Allow beans to soak overnight for at least 8 – 16 hours.

*Pro Tip: If your house is very warm, place the large container in the fridge to avoid fermentation.

B. Quick Soaking Method:

If you’re short on time or forgot to soak the beans overnight, you can use this quick soaking method. But, the result will not be as good as the overnight soaking method.

  • Place 1 lb (454g) dried navy beans, 1 ½ tbsp (25g) fine table salt, and 6 cups (1.5L) cold water in the pressure cooker.
  • Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute + 30 minutes Natural Release.

 

Step 2
Drain Beans


Soaked navy beans


Discard the soaked water and drain the navy beans through a mesh strainer.

Rinse the beans with cold tap water. Drain well.

*Note: The soaked beans should almost double in weight.

 

Step 3
Render Bacon


Chopped bacon
Diced onion
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped garlic cloves


Place chopped bacon in Pressure Cooker and turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: press Sauté button).

Stir occasionally and allow the bacon bits to crisp (~3 mins).

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): render bacon

Add in diced onion, freshly ground black pepper and sauté for a minute.

Add in chopped garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant (~30 seconds).

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): saute onion

 

Step 4
Create Molasses Mixture


1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water
¼ cup (80g) blackstrap molasses
¼ cup (60g) maple syrup
1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)


While the bacon is rendering in pressure cooker, combine ¼ cup (80g) blackstrap molasses, ¼ cup (60g) maple syrup, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, and 1 ¾ cup (438) cold water in a 1L (4 cups) glass measuring cup. Mix well.

 

Step 5
Deglaze


½ cup (125ml) of the molasses mixture


Pour ½ cup (125ml) of the molasses mixture in the Instant Pot.

Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pan and mix them into the mixture.

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): deglaze homemade beans from scratch

 

Step 6
Pressure Cook Navy Beans


¼ teaspoon fine table salt
2 bay leaves
Soaked navy beans
Remaining molasses mixture


Add ¼ tsp fine table salt, 2 bay leaves, soaked navy beans (889g) and the remaining molasses mixture in the pressure cooker. Mix well and make sure all the beans are submerged in the molasses mixture.

Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): pressure cook homemade beans from scratch

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 20 minutes, then 20 minutes Natural Release (After 20 minutes, turn the venting knob to venting position to release the remaining pressure).

Open the lid carefully.

*Important Tip: The pressure cooking time may vary depending on many factors such as the age of beans. If your beans are not fully cooked, simply add pressure cooking time accordingly. For reference, some readers reported their beans need to pressure cook for an extra 15 – 25 mins.

 

Step 7
Season and Thicken Baked Beans


2 teaspoons (12g) dijon mustard
1 teaspoon (5ml) apple cider vinegar


Add 2 tsp (12g) dijon mustard, and 1 tsp (5ml) apple cider vinegar into the cooked baked beans. Mix well.

Turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: press Sauté button) and stir to thicken the baked beans to desired consistency.

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Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more blackstrap molasses, salt, or vinegar if necessary (For reference, we added in another tbsp of blackstrap molasses).

 

Step 8
Serve Instant Pot Baked Beans (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans)


Serve this delicious sweet ‘n smokey baked beans as a side dish at your BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinner.

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Instant Pot Baked Beans

Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans): easy to make Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch! Tender & creamy beans in deliciously thick sticky sweet-smokey sauce. Perfect for your next BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinners.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Soak Navy Beans:

  • 1 pound (454g) dried navy beans (soaked overnight for at least 8 - 16 hours, 889g after soaked)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon (25g) fine table salt
  • 6 cups (1.5L) cold water

Baked Beans Sauce & Aromatics:

  • 6 strips (242g) thick cut bacon , roughly diced
  • 1 (159g) small onion , roughly diced
  • 2 (6g) garlic cloves , roughly chopped
  • 1 ¾ cup (438ml) cold water
  • ¼ cup (80g) blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup (60g) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine table salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons (12g) dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Soak Navy Beans:

  • Overnight Soaking Method: Place 1 lb (454g) dried navy beans and 1 ½ tbsp (25g) fine table salt in a large container. Pour 6 cups (1.5L) cold water in the large container and give it a few stir. Allow beans to soak overnight for at least 8 - 16 hours. If your house is very warm, place the large container in the fridge to avoid fermentation.
    Quick Soaking Method: If you're short on time or forgot to soak the beans overnight, you can use this quick soaking method instead. The result will not be as good as the overnight soaking method. Place 1 pound (454g) dried navy beans, 1.5 tbsp (25g) fine table salt, and 6 cups (1.5L) cold water in the pressure cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 0 minute + 30 minutes Natural Release.
  • Drain Beans: Discard the soaked water and drain the navy beans through a mesh strainer. Rinse the beans with cold tap water. Drain well. The soaked beans should almost double in weight.
  • Render Bacon: Place chopped bacon in Pressure Cooker and turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: press Sauté button). Stir occasionally and allow the bacon bits to crisp (~3 mins). Add in diced onion, freshly ground black pepper and sauté for a minute. Add in chopped garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant (~30 seconds).
  • Create Molasses Mixture: While the bacon is rendering in pressure cooker, combine ¼ cup (80g) blackstrap molasses, ¼ cup (60g) maple syrup, 1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce, and 1 ¾ cup (438) cold water in a 1L (4 cups) glass measuring cup. Mix well.
  • Deglaze: Pour ½ cup (125ml) of the molasses mixture in the Instant Pot. Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pan and mix them into the mixture.
  • Pressure Cook Navy Beans: Add ¼ tsp fine table salt, 2 bay leaves, soaked navy beans (889g) and the remaining molasses mixture in the pressure cooker. Mix well and make sure all the beans are submerged in the molasses mixture. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes + 20 minutes Natural Release. After 20 minutes, turn the venting knob to venting position to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.
    *Important Tip: The pressure cooking time may vary depending on many factors such as the age of beans. If your beans are not fully cooked, simply add pressure cooking time accordingly. For reference, some readers reported their beans need to pressure cook for an extra 15 - 25 mins.
  • Season and Thicken Baked Beans: Add 2 tsp (12g) dijon mustard, and 1 tsp (5ml) apple cider vinegar into the cooked baked beans. Mix well. Turn heat to medium (Instant Pot: press Sauté button) and stir to thicken the baked beans to desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more blackstrap molasses, salt, or vinegar if necessary. For reference, we added in another tbsp of blackstrap molasses.
  • Serve: Serve this delicious sweet ‘n smokey baked beans as a side dish at your BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinner.
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Recipe Notes:

Total Cooking Time: Stated total cooking time excludes the soaking time.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish, Snack, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
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Make Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe (Pressure Cooker Baked Beans) Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch in deliciously thick sticky sauce. Perfect for your next BBQ, picnics, potlucks, or dinners.

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Kristine
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Kristine

Delicious!!! Make sure you allow the time needed to soak/ prepare the beans for cooking.
Very easy. I have a bean/ lentil setting on my multi pot (Farberware 7 in 1 programmable pressure cooker) with a preset pressure cooking time of 32 minutes. They turned out perfect.5 stars

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Julia Martinez
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Julia Martinez

I made these beans plus a pot of my gramma’s baked beans for a giant BBQ my husband and I hosted. Sad for me, this recipe blew my gramma’s recipe out of the water, So Yummy!! Thank you!

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Bob Varin
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Bob Varin

How many people does this serve?

Bob Varin
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Bob Varin

Thank you. Your recipe sounds delicious. I simply need to double the batch.
Your quick response will help out immensely for tomorrow’s party.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I want to make these tomorrow, but I don’t have any fine table salt and won’t have time to run to the store in the morning. Should I make any adjustments in the measurement if I use Himalayan salt in its place? Also, just a curiosity question,: what’s the difference between light soy sauce and the low sodium kind? What would happen if you used low sodium instead?

John
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John

I regularly make baked beans and bannock up north here in Canada.
Interestingly… Your recipe is almost the same as mine!!
Really neat trick I use is to use powdered mustered and a teaspoon of powdered ginger. I don’t know why but it takes it to the next level.
Powdered mustard and powdered ginger… who knew.5 stars

Gary Burcalow
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Gary Burcalow

Is there a substitute that I can use for maple syrup? My child is allergic to it.

Alice
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Alice

I just made this! I added ten minutes to the pressure time. It is tender and delicious!
Thank You!5 stars

william d kramer
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william d kramer

The best!5 stars

Doug Wills
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Doug Wills

The texture of the beans came out perfect!

Sophie
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Sophie

Delicious. My first attempt using my new Instant Pot to make beans. Perfect, although a little sweet for my taste. Next time, I might cut down the sweeteners, but the sweetness won’t stop us from eating them. I’m trying to eat more non-animal protein for breakfast, so these will do the trick (with less sweetener). Really good instructions.5 stars

Heylee
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Heylee

This is my second time making these beans. They are so good. The only thing I changed this time is I added a small chopped green pepper in with the onion. It was a good addition. They were even more yummy. Thank you so much for the recipe.5 stars

Deb W.
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Deb W.

I didn’t think anything could top Boston’s Durgin Park recipe for baked beans, but this is my new favorite baked bean recipe. A perfect blend of flavors!5 stars

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