by Olena

Instant Pot Black Beans

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans cooked in your pressure cooker from dried, require no soak and are not mushy.

If you want to avoid BPA in canned black beans and save money, batch cook black beans in Instant Pot, freeze and use in salads, casseroles, brownies, nachos and soups.

Instant Pot black beans in a glass baking dish

Pressure Cooker Black Beans

I’m so excited, I finally perfected Instant Pot black beans!

I have to say pressure cooker black beans recipe is one of the longest recipes I had to test. Over 10 times. I just couldn’t figure out how long to cook black beans in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot chickpeas – no problem. Brown rice and quinoa – perfectly cooked. But black beans… No matter what time I tried, Instant Pot black beans came out mushy.

I finally “cracked the code”. There is a secret and simple science behind perfect, firm and not bursted Instant Pot black beans.

Ingredients

OK, this Instant Pot black beans recipe is perfect for batch cooking. We are making simple black beans with no added salt. All you need is dried black beans and water.

No soaking required. I just rinse beans with cold water and then drain. Because beans are dirty, yes.

instant pot, dried black beans in a jar and cup with water

How to Cook Black Beans in Instant Pot

I armed myself with 6 quart and 8 quart pressure cookers and set out on major testing spree. The 6 quart is Cosori and not Instant Pot but it doesn’t matter. They all cook the same more or less.

Testing black beans in 2 different size pressure cookers was life changing. As much as life changing cooking black beans can be…

  1. Add black beans and water to Instant Pot. Ratio is 1 to 3 approximately.
  2. No need to stir.
  3. Close the lid and set pressure vent to Sealing.

2 pressure cookers side by side

How Long to Cook Black Beans in 6 Quart Instant Pot?

For 6 Quart Instant Pot: Cook on High Pressure for 12 minutes.

Release Pressure: After cooking is done, let 6 quart Instant Pot bring pressure down on its ownNatural Release. Do not do Quick Release, your beans will be undercooked or fall apart.

See the float pink pin is up? It means there is sill pressure inside the pot. When it’s down, it is safe to open the pot and food has finished cooking.

instant pot pressure valve upinstant pot pressure valve down

How Long to Cook Black Beans in 8 Quart Instant Pot?

For 8 Quart Instant Pot: Cook on High Pressure for 12 minutes.

Release Pressure: After cooking is done, let 8 quart Instant Pot bring pressure down on its own for 10 minutes and then release remaining pressure immediately. If you let your 8 Quart Instant Pot release pressure naturally all the way, black beans will be overcooked.

That was “the secret” why my black beans kept coming out overcooked in 8 quart Instant Pot.

What happens is that when pressure is coming down food keeps cooking. Because 8 quart pot is larger than 6 quart, it takes almost twice longer to bring down pressure inside it. So beans cook longer.

If you are new to whole pressure cooking game, check out my Instant Pot guide for beginners. I also go over which Instant Pot you should buy depending on your lifestyle.

I’m so happy I “cracked the code” and Instant Pot black beans are one of my favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes now. I just love black beans so much. I used to soak them overnight and then cook on the stove for hours. It was fine, just not as convenient as now.

I stopped buying canned beans of any kind years ago because of BPA and glyphosate. And organic canned beans without BPA are very expensive. Now, cooking dried black beans without soaking in Instant Pot is life changing.

cooked black beans in Instant Pot on a spoon

Try Black Beans In:

How to Store Cooked Black Beans

Cooked black beans refrigerate well for up to 5 days. You can use them in place of canned black beans with a ratio of 1.5 cups drained cooked beans = 15 oz can.

I like to triple the recipe at a time and freeze black beans for later. I measure 1.5 cups into resealable sandwich bags, let air out, seal and freeze for up to 6 months. To thaw, I place bag with frozen black beans on a counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight. Or place in a bowl with hot water for 5 minutes and then drain. Easy-peasy.

Broth: Do not discard the liquid. It is a delicious and nutritious veggie broth. Use as a base for making any soup. Especially, Instant Pot black bean soup.

Enjoy! And please let me know in the comments below if my magic recipe worked for you too.

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pressure cooker black beans in a dish

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Instant Pot Black Beans

5 from 2 reviews

Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans cooked in your pressure cooker from dried, require no soak and are not mushy.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add black beans and water. You can eyeball water just enough to cover beans by an inch.
  2. For 6 Quart Instant Pot: Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 12 minutes. After cooking is done, let 6 quart Instant Pot bring pressure down on its own – Natural Release. Do not do Quick Release, your beans will be undercooked or fall apart.
  3. For 8 Quart Instant Pot: Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 12 minutes. After cooking is done, let 8 quart Instant Pot bring pressure down on its own for 10 minutes and then release remaining pressure immediately. If you let your 8 Quart Instant Pot release pressure naturally all the way, black beans will be overcooked.
  4. Open the lid. That’s it! Your Instant Pot black beans are ready.

Freeze for Later: I like to transfer black beans with a slotted spoon to a large colander placed in a sink, drain and rinse with cold water. Then I measure 1.5 cups (equal to a 15 oz can drained) into the sandwich bags, let air out, seal and freeze for up to 6 months. To Thaw: Place on a counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight. Or place in a bowl with hot water for 5 minutes and then drain. Easy-peasy.

Broth: Do not discard the liquid. It is a delicious and nutritious veggie broth. Use as a base for making any soup. Especially, Instant Pot black bean soup.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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