Turn almost any meal into a protein-packed, fiber-rich feast thanks to Instant Pot Kidney Beans. These light or dark red beans are loaded with health benefits. So keep reading to see just how easy it is to go from dry to done in just over an hour.
Kidney beans are part of the legume family, making them full of fiber and a great plant-based source of protein. Is it any wonder I use them in so many recipes?
Are Kidney Beans Healthy?
The health benefits of kidney beans are numerous. Dark or light colored red kidney beans are loaded with 7 grams of fiber per serving. There’s even evidence that the fiber benefit helps reduce the risk of colon cancer.
It has also been shown that people who eat beans regularly consume less saturated fat which is great for your overall health. Instant Pot kidney beans are an easy and economical way to increase fiber intake, add more minerals and vitamins, and eat an overall healthy diet.
I eat a lot of bean in my clean eating anti inflammatory diet! (Be sure to check out my Free Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should and Shouldn’t Eat.)
Can You Pressure Cook Beans Without Soaking?
Yes! One of the many wonderful things about Instant Pot kidney beans is that you do not need to soak them before they go into the pressure cooker. This saves tons of time!
Gone are the days when you had to soak beans overnight before cooking them. Yay! All they need is a good rinse or two with warm water, then plop them into the pressure cooker. Add water (and maybe some seasonings if you want) and they’re fully cooked in just over an hour! (Check out my Instant Pot Pinto Beans too!)
Some people say that soaking the beans before pressure cooking will help reduce the gassy side effect some people get from eating beans. I have not noticed any increase in anything by not soaking the beans. I guess you’ll have to give it a try and decide for yourself.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Kidney Beans
- Dry Kidney Beans – well-rinsed light or dark red dry kidney beans work well (see full recipe below)
- Water – the general ratio of water to beans is 3 cups water to 1 cup beans. You can also use chicken or vegetable broth to add extra flavor
- Other Seasonings – salt, pepper, bay leaves, and garlic are all good additions
How Do I Make Kidney Beans With the Instant Pot
- Rinse the dry kidney beans well with warm water.
- Add the beans to the Instant Pot inner pot and add water or broth (3 cups of water to 1 cup of dry beans).
- Secure the lid and pressure cook for 45 minutes. Let sit to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any additional pressure.
- Drain and use in your favorite recipes.
What Can Instant Pot Kidney Beans Be Used For?
Kidney beans are a great source of plant-based protein. When I started my clean eating anti-inflammatory diet, getting enough protein was a bit of a challenge. So I started adding beans to many of my meals. It has been a home run!
These beautiful red legumes have made such a difference in my food life. They are filling, satisfying, flavorful, and full of all the good stuff I want to put into my body. I put them in salads, add them to my anti-inflammatory soup, spicy Instant Pot red beans and rice, and even as baked potato toppers! Or just toss them in with a few peppers and garlic when you make rice. Yum!
What Flavors Can I add to Instant Pot Kidney Beans?
These are great will the basics – salt and pepper to taste. But if you want to get creative, try adding a couple of smashed cloves of garlic and a bay leaf. Adding minced red onion is another great flavor booster. A dash of cumin also works well. Whatever your heart desires!
No matter what flavors you toss in, you will be very happy to have some freshly made, wholesome Instant Pot kidney beans on hand. Your next soup or salad will be waiting for them!
- 1 cup dry red kidney beans, well rinsed
- 3 cups water (can substitute with broth)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put rinsed dry beans into the Instant Pot inner pot.
- Add 3 cups water or broth.
- Add optional seasonings if using (a bay leaf, garlic, onion, etc.) and stir well.
- Secure lid, ensuring the release valve is turned toward sealing.
- Pressure cook on high for 45 minutes then let sit untouched to naturally release another 10 minutes. Turn the valve toward venting to release any remaining pressure.
- Pour into a colander and use in your favorite recipes.
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