clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Easy Instant Pot Black Beans from One Lovely Life

Easy Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soaking Required!)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 1 hour
  • Yield: About 5 cups cooked beans 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Easy Instant Pot Black Beans – These pressure cooker black beans don’t require any soaking! I’ll show you my easy method + lots ways to flavor them. (Gluten-Free, Vegan Option)

(PS – This method works for several other kinds of dried beans too! Pinto, kidney beans, and Great Northern beans all cook the same amount of time!)


  • 1 lb. dry black beans (rinsed + sorted)
  • 1/2 onion* (I leave mine whole rather than dicing
  • 12 cloves garlic* (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf*
  • 12 tsp. salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 6 cups water or low-sodium/no-sodium vegetable broth.

*Note: you *can* make black beans with JUST beans + water/broth + salt. I like adding the other ingredients for flavor. Use what you have or like! 

**See notes for more flavoring options!


  1. Rinse your dry black beans in a colander or strainer. Sort out any damaged beans, rocks, etc. and discard them.
  2. Add rinsed & sorted beans to the Instant Pot.
  3. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, and 1 tsp. salt
  4. Cover with water or broth.
  5. Secure the lid and double-check that the pressure valve is set to SEALING (not “venting”).
  6. Press MANUAL/HIGH PRESSURE and set beans to cook for 30 minutes. (It takes my instant pot about 10-12 minutes to come up to pressure.)
  7. When the beans are finished cooking for 30 minutes, naturally release the steam 20 minutes.
  8. Quick-release any remaining steam by carefully moving the sealing valve from “sealing” to “venting” (I like to wear oven mitts when I do this, just in case)
  9. Remove bay leaf & onion (if using) and season the beans to taste with salt.


BASIC DRIED BLACK BEANS: 1 pound dry black beans (2 cups) + 1/2 onion (I cut mine into 2 large pieces) + 1-2 tsp. salt + 1 bay leaf + 6 cups water or sodium-free vegetable broth

CUBAN BLACK BEANS: 1 pound dry black beans (2 cups) + 1/2 onion (cut into 2 large pieces) + 1 tsp. salt + 1 tsp. cumin + 1 tsp. chili powder + 6 cups water or vegetable broth + juice of 1 lime or 2 tsp. vinegar

BRAZILIAN BLACK BEANS: Dice & cook 2-3 slices bacon in the Instant Pot using the SAUTE function. Add 1 diced onion and saute until tender. Then, add 1 pound black beans (2 cups) + 3-4 cloves minced garlic + 6 cups water or vegetable broth + 2-3 tsp. salt. Cook as usual.

OTHER MIX-IN IDEAS: taco seasoning, green chilis, minced jalapeño, diced bell pepper, etc. (pick just 1-2)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Keywords: Instant Pot Black Beans, Pressure Cooker Black Beans, Instant Pot Brazilian Black Beans, Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans