Instant Pot Black Beans are the easiest, no-soak method to cook juicy, delicious black beans in less than 60 minutes. Instant pot beans are great for meal prep, eating on a budget, and adding nutrition to countless recipes!
Place BLACK BEANS, WATER, and SALT in the Instant Pot.
Secure lid and turn pressure release valve to “ Sealing” position. Select “manual” or “pressure cook" on HIGH for 30 minutes.
When cook cycle ends, allow the cooker to sit undisturbed for a 20-minute natural pressure release (NPR). Safely turn pressure release valve to “Venting” position to release any remaining steam.
Open the lid and taste test a few beans. If they’re soft enough, they’re ready to serve. If not, run another pressure cook cycle for 3 to 5 minutes. *See recipe footnote.
Serving and storage
Enjoy immediately or refrigerate / freeze for later use.
Store black beans (with their juice) in an airtight container up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 30 days in the freezer.
Bean cooking time
Bean cooking times will vary depending their age; i.e., how long they’ve been stored. The older they are, the longer they take to cook. If the black beans aren’t soft enough at the end of the cook cycle, run another pressure cook cycle in 3 or 5 minute intervals (depending on how done they are) until they’re to your liking.