Making green beans in the Instant Pot is the major time-saver! Forget about standing around the stovetop forever – with the Instant Pot's pressure cooking magic, you can have perfectly cooked green beans in a flash.
If you have an Instant Pot, you're gonna want to make these because they are super quick. Seriously, we're talking 1-2 minutes tops!
Plus, the Instant Pot seals in all those fantastic flavors and nutrients, so you get tender and vibrant green beans with hardly any effort. Time to level up your veggie game!
And if you have more beans than you can use, you can always freeze your green beans for later.
The vegetable side dish is perfect with baked chicken and rice or simple grilled chicken or pork chops.
- water or vegetable broth, for cooking. You can use store bought broth, tap water or homemade Instant Pot vegetable broth. Tip: This is a great way to use up scraps of veggies!
See recipe card for quantities.
Depending on your family's preference, they might like their cooked green beans simply prepared, with a little salt and black pepper. Or, consider some of these options.
- Seasoned - add garlic powder or onion powder
- Robust - add everything bagel seasoning or lemon pepper seasoning
How to make Instant Pot Green Beans
Wash and trim the green beans, removing any ends or tough parts.
Step #1: Place the trivet or steam basket inside the Instant Pot.
Place the green beans on the trivet, spreading them out evenly. If you prefer, you can also place the green beans directly in the water or broth, but using the trivet helps retain more nutrients and prevents them from becoming too soggy.
Step #2: Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pot.
Step #3: Close the Instant Pot lid, making sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position.
Set to "Pressure Cook" mode and adjust the cooking time to 1-2 minutes.
Once the cooking is complete, do a quick release of the pressure by carefully turning the pressure release valve to venting.
Step #4: Open the lid and use tongs to transfer the cooked green beans to a serving dish.
Tip: If you prefer your green beans to be more tender, you can put them back in the Instant Pot and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
How to select green beans
When selecting green beans, look for vibrant, bright green color, crisp texture, and a medium size. Also check for intact tips, avoid yellowing, wrinkles, and blemishes.
Perform the snap test like grandma used to do to ensure freshness!
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that the cooking time will vary depending on the thickness and tenderness of the green beans.
Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days for the best flavor and quality.
Before you start cooking those green beans, give them a little snap-snap! Check if the stem end is already gone – some beans come prepped that way.
Just grab each bean and snap off the very end of the stem. You don't have to snap off both ends, but some people insist on it. Either way, it's an easy peasy job, and you can even get some kiddos into the kitchen to help!
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Instant Pot Green Beans
- 1 pound fresh green beans trimmed and cut in half, if desired
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon sea salt optional
- Wash and trim the green beans, removing any ends or tough parts. Cut in half, if desired.
- Place the trivet or steam basket inside the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pot. Add the green beans to the top of the trivet. Add salt if using.
- Close the Instant Pot lid, making sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position.Set to "Pressure Cook" mode and adjust the cooking time to 1-2 minutes. Once the cooking is complete, do a quick release of the pressure by carefully turning the pressure release valve to venting.
- Open the lid and use tongs to transfer the cooked green beans to a serving dish.
Seasoned - add garlic powder or onion powder
Robust - add everything bagel seasoning or lemon pepper seasoning