Beans and Legumes

Beans are one of the easiest things to cook in the instant pot. Cooking dried beans will also save you loads of money compared to buying canned beans. The chart below lists cooking times for different types of beans and legumes.

To cook beans and legumes, just follow the steps below:

  • It’s good to rinse beans and legumes before you cook them and pick any bits that rise to the top, but it’s not a huge deal if you don’t
  • Most beans will cook more quickly if they have been soaked first (usually for at least 6 hours)
  • Dried beans will usually double in volume, so don’t fill the pot more than 1/2 full with beans
  • Cover the beans so the water level is at least an inch above the beans
  • Using manual mode, set the pressure cooker to the correct time and make sure you have the pressure valve closed
  • Natural release is usually best – but you can release a bit sooner if you are in a hurry

You can find more help on using the instant pot using our instant pot guide.

Beans and Legumes

Beans or Legume Dry - Cooking Time (Minutes) Soaked - Cooking Time (Minutes)
Adzuki20 – 2510 – 15
Anasazi20 – 2510 – 15
Black beans20 – 2510 – 15
Black-eyed peas20 – 2510 – 15
Cannellini beans35 – 4020 – 25
Chickpeas (chick peas, garbanzo bean or kabuli)35 – 4020 – 25
Fava25-3012-15
Gandules (pigeon peas)20 – 2515 – 20
Great Northern beans25 – 3020 – 25
Kidney beans, red25 – 3020 – 25
Kidney beans, white35 – 4020 – 25
Lentils, Black Beluga8N/A
Lentils, French green15 – 20N/A
Lentils, green, mini (brown)15 – 20N/A
Lentils, red, split15 – 18N/A
Lentils, yellow, split (moong dal)15 – 18N/A
Lima beans20 – 2510 – 15
Navy beans25 – 3020 – 25
Peas15 – 2010 – 15
Pinto beans25 – 3020 – 25
Scarlet runner20 – 2510 – 15
Soy beans25 – 3020 – 25