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Pressure Cooker Beans | NO SOAK and FAST

Pressure Cooker Beans are a game-changer. (And so is my new Mealthy Multipot 2.0 with its pressure auto-release function!) So grab your pressure cooker and let’s get some fabulous beans on your table!

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I make beans all the time and I’m still amazed that I can take my beans from dry to done in less than an hour thanks to my pressure cooker. And with no soaking! I love ’em all – black beans, pinto beans, even garbanzo beans! Yum and amazing!

I asked all of you in my Instant Pot Pinto Bean YouTube Video what add-ins you like in your beans and you had some awesome suggestions. So today I’m adding some garlic and a big ole ham hock to my navy beans! It’s to die for!

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Not only are these beans amazing, they’re also super easy and no soaking required!

How Do You Cook Dried Beans In a Pressure Cooker?

Add 1 pound of rinsed dry navy beans into your pressure cooker. Add water, garlic, salt, a bay leaf, and a ham hock (optional). Pressure cook on high for 20-30 minutes (depending on desired bean texture) then naturally release the pressure for 5-10 minutes. Remove lid, drain beans and serve! (full recipe below)

Tips For Perfect Beans

  • Rinse dry beans well (do not soak)
  • Remove any cracked or misshapen beans
  • Add salt before pressure cooking to incorporate into the beans
  • Add salt after pressure cooking to taste, if needed
  • Stir gently and remove with a slotted spoon
  • Save bean juice for other recipes (it’s great in soups for added flavor)
  • Will save in fridge for 5-7 days

Watch the full video demo and tutorial on my YouTube Cooking Show here:

How Much Water Do You Put In A Pressure Cooker For Beans

People often ask how much water do you put in a pressure cooker for beans if you’re not soaking them. The general rule of thumb is that you need the water level to be at least one inch above the bean level in your pressure cooker. This is usually about 5 cups of water for every 1 pound of dry beans.

The amount of water can also affect the final texture of the bean. If you like very soft beans then add another cup or so of water.

How Long To Cook Dry Beans in a Pressure Cooker

When determining how long to cook dry beans in a pressure cooker, it is important to consider the size of the bean. Smaller beans take less time to cook than larger ones.

For example, this recipe is for navy beans, which are on the small side. Cook them on high pressure for 20-25 minutes, then naturally release them for 5-10. You can add more time if you like softer beans.

The larger the bean, the more time. Pinto beans and great northern beans are larger and require more time. I typically pressure cook larger beans for 35-45 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.

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And speaking of natural release, I mentioned my amazing new Mealthy Multipot 2.0 above. It’s really revolutionary! It has a new auto pressure release function that is amazing – you can choose to naturally release (as usual), quick release (which is now controlled by the buttons below so you never have to get your hand near the steam release) or the BEST one is the new auto-release.

This releases the pressure automatically a little at a time after the cooking cycle is complete. No muss. No fuss! You don’t have to do anything! Super cool! (Check it out on my YouTube Video here!)

The choice is yours! And that’s the beauty of pressure cooker beans. Make them how you want when you want! These are so easy and tasty that you’ll never buy canned beans again!

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Pressure Cooker Beans

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Pressure Cooker Beans are easy and delicious and go from dry to done in less than an hour. No soaking required!


  • 1 pound dry navy beans, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ham hock (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients into the pressure cooker inner pot, stir and secure lid, ensuring the valve is turned toward sealing. Set timer to 20-30 minutes, depending on how soft you like your beans. The longer the softer.
  2. When cooking cycle is complete, let naturally release for 5-10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  3. Remove lid, drain beans or remove with slotted spoon. Remove ham hock and bay leaf and serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 276Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 12gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

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