Easy Instant Pot Black Beans

These instant pot black beans are a game changer when it comes to serving beans. No soaking required, you can prepare tastier and cheaper black beans in less than an hour.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black beans, instant pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jessica Fisher


  • 2 cups dry black beans sorted and rinsed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the beans, water, onion, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and bay leaf into the pot of an electric pressure cooker.
  2. Secure the lid and set the pressure valve. Set the machine to manual for 20 minutes. When the time is done, press cancel and let the pressure release naturally.
  3. Drain the beans from the cooking liquid. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

To freeze: Allow the cooked beans to cool. Divide into meal-size containers with lids. Chill completely in the refrigerator before storing in the freezer.