Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans

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Enjoy this flavorful Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans, flavorful butter beans also known as lima beans, cooked in a smokey delicious broth reminiscent of soulful southern cuisine. 

Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans

This easy Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans was a hit with my family. With the memorial weekend coming, this is the perfect dish to prepare along with my Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread, Southern Green Beans And PotatoesVegan Mexican Street Corn, or one of these Vegan Rice Recipes. 

Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans

I love the flavor of butter beans because it is one of the beans that I grew up eating, Traditional butter bean recipes are usually prepared with meat. To prepare a vegan version that was flavorful, I decided to go for a Southern-Style version. 

I turned to smoked paprika as the main flavor profile along with vegan bouillon cubes and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and it was a success. 

Cooking my beans in the Instant Pot was so quick and easy. I literally just added the ingredients to my 6 quarts Instant Pot, close the lid and set the timer. 

Butter Beans Ingredients

  • Dried Lima Beans – I used the dried baby lima beans but the large ones would work as well.
  • Onion, Garlic, Celery, Red Bell Pepper – added for flavor, 
  • Thyme – I used fresh thyme but you can use dried instead.
  • Smoked Paprika – gives a smokey flavor to dishes. 
  • Cayenne Pepper – for a little heat but you can omit.
  • Vegan Bouillon Cubes – I used Edwards And Sons Vegan Bouillon, but you can substitute with your favorite bouillon.
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – added for flavor, substitute with soy-free Coconut Aminos if you can’t have soy.
  • Hickory Liquid Smoke – add for an extra smoky flavor.

overlay chopped veggies and ingredients for Instant Pot lima bean

How To Prepare Instant Pot Southern Vegan Butter Beans?

  1. Rinse and sort your butter beans, discarding any debris or broken beans.
  2. Add butter beans to the Instant Pot, add onion, garlic, celery, red bell pepper, thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper.
  3. Turn your Instant Pot on. Place lid on the Instant Pot and close the lid. Turn the knob to the sealing position.
  4. Press Manual setting and cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to naturally release pressure for about 20 minutes.

blue serving spoon holding cooked lima beans over the instant pot

Pro Chef Tips:

  • If you don’t have vegan bouillon, substitute the water for 4 cups vegetable broth, and when the butter beans are done add salt to taste.
  • Stir in slices of lightly fried vegan sausages. 
  • Add 1 teaspoon creole seasoning instead of Bragg’s 

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Overlay photo of southern style lima beans garnished with thyme sprigs, on a grey background

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Nutrition

Energy:
77 kcal / 322 kJ
Protein:
4 g
Carbs:
14 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
15 min
Cooking:
25 min
Ready in:
40 min
For:
8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place butter beans in the Instant Pot, add onion, garlic, celery, red bell pepper, thyme, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper.
  2. Add water or vegetable broth, vegan bouillon cube, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, and hickory liquid smoke.
  3. Turn your Instant Pot on. Place lid on the Instant Pot and close the lid. Turn the knob to the sealing position.
  4. Press Manual setting and cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to naturally release pressure for about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid, if your butter beans have too much liquid.
  7. Turn off the Instant Pot and turn it on again, press the Saute mode, and allow to cook until it has reached the desired thickness. Mash some of the beans.

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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