Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soaking)

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Easy Instant Pot Black Beans that are so flavorful, and easy because no soaking is required. Black beans are affordable and versatile.

Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soaking)

With a little variation, this Instant Pot Black Bean Recipe is so amazing, serve it with Jasmine Brown Rice, Southern Collard Greens,  Baked Plantains,  Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread.

First published on Aug 16, 2018

I’m so excited to share with you how I prepare black beans in the instant pot. Using a pressure cooker for cooking your beans is such a time saver. There is no need for soaking your beans and draining the liquid after!

Close up nstant pot black bean in a white bowl on a cutting

Recently, I made Instant Pot Pinto Beans and it was so amazing, I was motivated to make this Instant Pot Black Beans recipe after a reader said she made my Instant Pot Pinto Beans with black beans instead and how delicious it tasted.

There are so many advantages of making your own black beans from scratch using a pressure cooker. It is more cost-effective. A one-pound bag of beans costs less than $2 here in the USA, one-pound bag of black beans is the same as about 2 cups of dried black beans,  this makes 12 servings of cooked beans. 

You know how some canned beans have preservatives as ingredients on the label. well, no need for added preservatives when you cook your beans from scratch in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot cooked beans increase digestibility by 84% by breaking down the hard to digest proteins. 1.

Ingredients for Instant pot black bean

How Long To Cook Black Beans In Instant Pot

Instant Pot cooking saves time, instead of soaking your beans for at least 6 hours, then cooking for another 45 minutes to an hour. You will save time using your instant pot.

I cook my black beans for 45 minutes of high pressure followed by 20 minutes of natural release. It will take approximately an extra 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.

Are Black Beans Healthy?

Dried black beans are very affordable, a great source of protein, high in fiber and minerals. One cup serving of black beans contains 227 calories. For more nutritional benefits check out Dr. Axe’s article.

How Much Protein In Black Beans?

1/2 cup black beans (one serving) has 114 Calories, 8 grams Protein, 0 gram Fat.

Instant Pot Black Beans Step By Step Photos

How To Season Black Beans?

In general start with onion and garlic as the base, then add herbs like parsley, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, and cilantro.  Certain kinds of beans taste better with certain herbs and spices. Depending on the regions of the world too, you can choose to make that are more popular in that region along with the popular spices and herbs used.

Mexican Beans –  I would focus on using pinto beans, Mayocoba, and black beans –  oregano, cilantro, cumin, and chili. 

Italian Beans – white beans, cranberry beans, and chickpeas – parsley, basil, rosemary.

How To Cook Black Beans In Instant Pot

I prefer to make my beans with a Caribbean style of flavors, using thyme, coconut milk, and allspice. The result is the tastiest beans you will ever eat.

  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting and add oil into the pot.
  2. Add onion, garlic, red bell pepper, thyme, Italian seasoning, allspice, cayenne pepper, vegetable bouillon.
  3. Cook stirring until onion is soft and fragrant. 
  4. Add black beans, water, coconut milk.
  5. Place cover on Instant Pot, turn the lid to the closed position, and set the timer for 45 minutes if unsoaked or 30 minutes if black beans are presoaked.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes.

How Long Do Black Beans Last In The Fridge

They will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator. After cooking, cool beans by transfer in a shallow pan. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. 

two white bowls of instant pot black beans

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 171 kcal / 715 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Carbs: 27 g

Cooking Time

  • Cooking: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 15 min
For: 12 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting and add oil into the pot.
  2. Add onion, garlic, red bell pepper, thyme, Italian seasoning, allspice, cayenne pepper, vegetable bouillon.
  3. Cook stirring until onion is soft and fragrant. 
  4.   Add black beans, water, coconut milk.
  5. Place cover on Instant Pot, turn the lid to the closed position and set the timer for 45 minutes if unsoaked or 30 minutes if black beans are presoaked.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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17 Comments
  1. Maria
    April 6, 2020

    I would like to halve the recipe. Would the Instant Pot cooking time be any different? Other considerations?

  2. lydia
    March 25, 2020

    Can I make this using canned black beans?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      March 25, 2020

      Lydia, cook on the stovetop, you don’t need to make it in an Instant Pot. Use two cans and only 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water.

  3. Philly
    October 7, 2019

    Do you add less water in pot when beans are soaked …made this before and it taste great but I didn’t soak the beans.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 7, 2019

      Yes, you want to add less water.

      • Vikki
        October 27, 2019

        How much water would you do, if soaked? I’ve never done beans, but plan on soaking.

        • Michelle Blackwood
          October 27, 2019

          Vikki remove the grits, dirt, broken beans and discard, rinse beans and add cold water to be about 1 cup beans to 5 cups of cold water enough to give beans room for when the beans swell.

  4. Monica H.
    August 7, 2019

    You knocked it out of the park again with this recipe! I was specifically looking for an Instapot recipe for black beans, and have made several of your delicious dishes before. So decided to give this a try, even though I am not a fan of all spice flavoring. Only modification I did was half the amount of all spice, and these have to be the best black beans I have EVER tasted! These will be a staple in our home!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 7, 2019

      Monica, I’m so happy you gave my recipe a try and it turned out great. Thank you for your feedback, I understand your take on allspice, it is a secret weapon in this recipe.

  5. Allison
    November 7, 2018

    Hi Michelle, this recipe looks great! I would like to cook it on the stovetop instead of in the Instapot. Any suggestions as to how long it should cook? Thanks so much!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 7, 2018

      Allison that’s fine, soak the beans overnight. The following day, drain and rinse beans. Add water about 2 inches above beans, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Follow the other instructions.

      • Allison
        November 14, 2018

        Thanks Michelle! I made this tonight and it was a hit. Thank you for your delicious recipe, as well as your quick feedback. I also made the plantains. Amazing! It worked out just fine without the instapot; just took a bit longer.

        • Michelle Blackwood
          November 14, 2018

          I’m happy it turned out well for you and you enjoyed the black beans and plantains. Thank you so much for your feedback.

    • Allison
      November 14, 2018

      Thank you Michelle! I made them, along with your plaintain recipe, and they’re delicious!

  6. Philly
    August 17, 2018

    1/4 cup cayenne?

  7. Philly
    August 17, 2018

    Going to make this right now..two instant pot recipe in like a week this is great…thanks … just making sure 1/4 cup of allspice …is that right

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 17, 2018

      Philly, its 1/4 teaspoon of allspice and cayenne pepper. I’m so sorry I edited the recipe.