How to cook beans in an electric pressure cooker

How to cook beans in an electric pressure cooker

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Beans are another great example of a meal that can be made quickly using electric pressure cooker.

Beans are a very time-consuming ingredient to prepare and cook. First, there’s the soaking step, which does help with digestion (reducing the tummy issues that can come from eating a bowl of beans). Then, after about 12 hours of soaking, the beans are ready to be cooked for hours in the slow-cooker or on the stove-top. The electric pressure cooker just transforms this laborious task into a simple and easy process.

How long does it take to cook beans in a pressure cooker

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Here are the cooking times for unsoaked beans in the electric pressure cooker. Cooking times will be similar for other electric pressure cookers; cooking time will be slightly less for stovetop pressure cookers. Double-check the manual that came with your pressure cooker for more exact cooking times:

  • Black beans: 20 to 25 minutes
  • Black-eyed peas: 20 to 25 minutes
  • Great Northern beans: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Navy beans: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Pinto beans: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Cannellini beans: 35 to 40 minutes
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans): 35 to 40 minutes
  • Red kidney beans: 25-30 minutes (boil for 10 minutes before pressure cooking)

Cook beans at high pressure for the time recommended above. The pressure cooker will take 15 to 20 minutes to come to full pressure before cooking begins. Once cooking is complete, you can let the pressure release naturally on its own, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes, or you can do a “quick release” by opening the pressure valve on the top of the pressure cooker. If doing a rapid release, be careful because the bean liquid sometimes foams into the valve.

We recommend letting the pressure release naturally for as long as you’re able before the beans are needed. This helps the beans retain their shape and avoids the bean liquid foaming.

How much water do you put in a pressure cooker

Water essentially serves the same basic purpose as it does in traditional cooking methods: heating the water is what causes the food to cook. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that when you consider pressure and altitude, and it’s this complication that makes pressure cooking a far more effective way of preparing food.

An electric pressure cooker works by sealing in steam, which raises the liquid above the boiling point and creates pressure. If there is no liquid, there is no steam. If there is no steam, there is no pressure cooking. Most recipes will call for at least one cup of liquid, unless a specific recipe calls for less, always use that amount at the very least. For one pound of beans, eight cups of water are usually plenty.

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  • Add a tablespoon of oil: This helps reduce foaming as the beans cook, which can sometimes clog up the pressure valve and interfere with cooking.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of salt: This is your only opportunity to season the beans on the inside, so be sure to add some salt to the pot. Start with one teaspoon with your first batch and see how you like the flavour.
  • Add flavouring ingredients! Flavourful add-ins like garlic, onions, and bay leaves make beans even tastier. Add them at the start of cooking along with the oil and salt.
  • Always use enough liquid to cover your beans by a few inches: Beans absorb a lot of liquid during cooking. For one pound of beans, eight cups of water is usually plenty. You can experiment with reducing the amount of liquid, if you like, but be careful of reducing it too much or your beans won’t cook properly.
  • Don’t fill the pot more than halfway full with liquid: This is a precaution against overflow due to foaming during cooking.
  • Adjust pressure cooker cooking time as needed: Think of the cooking times given above as a starting point, then adjust the time in subsequent batches to suit your particular taste. Try the lower end of the time range if you want firm beans for things like salads and tacos, or cook for more time if you want softer beans for things like hummus, refried beans, or soup.

What to do if your beans aren’t quite done: Put the lid back on the pressure cooker and make sure the release valve is set back to “sealing.” Cook at high pressure for another 5 to 10 minutes (depending on if you think your beans need just a little more time or a little more time to finish). The pot will quickly come back up to pressure because the contents are already hot. Check your beans after the extra cooking time and continue cooking for longer if needed.

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How to cook dried beans in a pressure cooker

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This is the  easiest way to cook dry beans. This simple method uses an electric pressure cooker to cook dry beans in under 90 minutes (no soaking required).


  • Rinse the beans and pick out any undesirables (stones, etc.)
  • Add the beans to the electric pressure cooker.
  • Add all the ingredients, ending with the water.
  • Lock the lid on and set the pressure cooker to Manual, High Pressure for 30 minutes (for black beans and pinto beans) or 40 minutes (for chickpeas). The valve on top should be set to Sealed.
  • Once the beans are done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 30 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure (use a hot pad holder or towel) and opening the lid.
  • Remove the aromatics (bay leaves, onions, garlic). Drain and rinse the beans, if desired. Or, you can store or serve the beans with some of the liquid.

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Here’s a quick overview of how to make Instant pinto beans:

  • Pick over beans to remove any debris, and, if you aren’t soaking your beans, give them a good rinse.
  • Optional: soak beans in cool, filtered water for 8 to 12 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • Put the beans, water and seasonings in your electric pressure cooker. These Mexican beans are seasoned with onion, garlic, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin and black pepper. It’s best to wait and add salt after cooking.
  • Close the Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Pressure cook on high pressure: 30 minutes for unsoaked beans or 15 minutes for soaked beans.
  • Let the cooker natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Quick-release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the Pot lid. Stir in salt to taste.

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