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Instant Pot Black Beans

Save time with the Easy No-Soak way to cook Instant Pot Black Beans (Pressure Cooker Black Beans)! Tasty creamy hearty black beans recipe that's perfect as a healthy side dish, burrito or taco filling, topping, or simple black beans soup.
Servings 4 -6
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins


  • 1 pound (454g) black beans , unsoaked
  • 1 (240g) onion , chopped
  • 8 (27g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 6 cups (1.5L) unsalted chicken stock (or 4 cups chicken stocks + 2 cups cold water)
  • 1 teaspoon (2.7g) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (0.6g) oregano
  • 3 (0.4g) bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Cilantro , chopped
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  • Saute Onion in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until it says "HOT" (~8 mins). Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Add in chopped onions, then saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add Spice & Garlic: Add in 1 tsp (2.7g) ground cumin, 1 tsp (0.6g) oregano, and 3 bay leaves. Saute for another minute. Add in minced garlic, then saute for 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Black Beans: Add in 1 lb (454g) black beans and ½ tsp coarse kosher salt. Pour in 5 cups (1.25L) unsalted chicken stock, then give it a quick mix.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 50 minutes + Natural Release 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
    *Pro Tip: Adding salt to the black beans will not make it tough.
  • Season Black Beans: Taste and season black beans with more salt (for reference, 3 - 4 large pinches of salt worked best based on our testings).
  • Serve Instant Pot Black Beans: You can serve the black beans as a yummy side dish, topping, filling, or a simple Black Beans Soup.
    *Pro Tip: If serving as a Black Beans Soup, boil the black beans in Instant Pot (use "Saute High" function for another 4 - 5 minutes. This will add some more body to the soup. Stir occasionally.
    Garnish your black beans with chopped cilantro, then serve. Enjoy!~ :)


Use Fresh Dry Beans: Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. So best to use fresh dry beans if possible.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 183kcal


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.6mg