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This no-soak Instant Pot White Beans is a creamy, delicious, and affordable way to substitute for canned beans using a pressure cooker! Plus, you can use any dried white beans like Cannellini beans, great northern beans, or navy beans for this Instant Pot recipe!

a wooden bowl of pressure cooked great northerni beans with a sprig of basil on top and a gold and white napkin and instant pot in the background

Looking for a fast and easy way to make white beans? Pressure cook them right in the Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi! You don’t even need to presoak them first.

Just put the beans in the pot, add liquid, and press start. In minutes, you’ll have tender, delicious white beans that are perfect for salads, soups, or just as a side dish.

Why we Love Instant Pot White Beans

We love making this Instant Pot White Beans no soak recipe because it saves so much time! No need to soak the beans overnight or even for a few hours. Just put them in the pot and let the pressure cooker do its job.

Making your own beans is a great way to avoid the preservatives in canned beans.

Canned beans are often high in sodium, but when you make them yourself, you can control the ingredients and make them healthier. Plus, they’ll taste better than the store-bought variety!

a wooden bowl of cooked cannellini beans with a sprig of basil on top and a gold and white napkin and instant pot in the background

Also, this recipe is very affordable. A pound of white beans costs less than $2.00 at most stores. That’s enough to make a large batch of white beans like Cannellini, or great northern beans in Instant Pot that will last for 2-3 meals.

The best thing about beans is they are high in plant-based protein and fiber, which makes them really filling. So, making dried beans is an affordable way to get healthy nutrients and plant based protein in your diet.

Plus, there are so many types of beans that you aren’t likely bored with them! You can use any type of white bean you like, such as navy beans, or lima butter beans in this Instant Pot recipe. And, you can adjust the seasonings to taste.

Ingredients Needed for Cannellini Beans in Instant Pot

  • Dried white beans – Cannellini, Great Northern, Navy, Butter, or Lima
  • Salt
  • Hot water – preheating your cooking liquid saves cook time
  • Chicken broth – can substitute with more water
clear bowls of broth and water and dried white beans over a green and white towel and a wooden salt and pepper mill

Note: This Instant Pot White Beans is a no soak recipe so presoaking is optional. If you use presoaked beans, reduce the natural pressure release time to 10 minutes.

Equipment Used for Instant Pot White Beans

If you like this Instant Pot White Beans recipe, try our Instant Pot Lima Beans and Ham Soup, Instant Pot Calico Beans, and Instant Pot Pinto Beans.

Cooking White Beans in Instant Pot

Add the ingredients together. Put the dried beans in the Instant Pot liner.

dried beans in the instant pot ready for broth and pressure cooking

Pour the broth and water over them. If you want to cook faster, use hot water and broth.

dried beans in the instant pot covered in broth ready to pressure cook

Pressure Cook the White Beans. Twist to lock the lid, and turn or press the pressure lever if needed. Then set it to high pressure for 25 minutes. Add 10 minutes for great northern beans.

an Instant Pot set for 25 minutes

When the timer goes off, let it naturally release for 20 minutes. Do not touch the pot during this time.

After 20 minutes, you can release the pressure quickly by twisting or pressing the pressure lever/quick release button.

white beans cooked in the pressure cooker with a metal spoonful of them up close

Ready to Serve. Carefully remove the pot liner using a pot holder and drain the beans into a colander. Then rinse the beans until the water runs clear. Serve the beans right away or store them in the refrigerator or freezer for later.

Recipe Variations

  • Use water only instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.
  • Add a few cloves of garlic, diced onion, bay leaf, or herbs like rosemary for extra flavor.
  • For a creamier texture, mash some of the beans before serving.
  • If you want your beans to be more firm, shorten the natural pressure release time to 15 minutes. For softer beans, use a 25-minute natural pressure release.

How to Serve Instant Pot White Beans

There are so many ways to enjoy these white beans in Instant Pot! Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Serve them as a side dish for chicken or fish.
  • Stir in some diced tomatoes and serve over rice.
  • Add the beans to your favorite soup or chili recipe.
  • Make a white bean dip by mashing them with a little olive oil, garlic, and salt. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.
  • Use them in this slow cooker mixed beans recipe.
  • Make a batch of white bean breakfast burritos and freeze them for busy mornings.

How to Store Pressure Cooker White Beans

Leftover Cannellini or northern beans in Instant Pot can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Put them in a covered container or plastic bag. When ready to use, reheat them on the stove over low heat until warmed through. Add a little water or broth to moisten them.

Can I freeze this Pressure Cooker White Beans?

You can freeze cooked white beans for up to six months. Place them in a freezer-safe bag (squeeze out excess air) or container and label with the date. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight then reheat using the same instructions above.

Cooking Tip: If you plan on freezing these white beans, I suggest cooking them without any salt or other seasonings. That way, you can add fresh seasonings when you reheat them. This will help them taste fresher.

a wooden bowl of pressure cooked great northerni beans with a sprig of basil on top and a gold and white napkin and instant pot in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ratio of beans to water in Instant Pot?

The ratio of beans to water for the Instant Pot is typically one pound to six cups, depending on if you are making soup or just beans. So, for every cup of dried beans, you’ll need six cups of water, broth, or a mixture.

Do I need to presoak the beans before cooking them in the Instant Pot?

No, you don’t need to pre soak the beans before cooking them in an electric pressure cooker. Just add them to the pot with the liquid and cook according to the recipe instructions.

Does pressure cooking beans remove lectins?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people believe that pressure cooking beans remove lectins, while others believe that it doesn’t make a difference. If you are concerned about lectins, you may want to soak your beans overnight before cooking them in the Instant Pot.

a wooden bowl of cooked white beans with a sprig of basil on top and a gold and white napkin and instant pot in the background
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Instant Pot White Beans

Forget buying canned white beans from the store! Pressure cook dry beans fast and easy right in the Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. And, you don't need to presoak them with this no-soak recipe. Just put them in the pot, add liquid, and press start.
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine Italian, American
Keyword Instant Pot, pressure cooker, instant pot lima beans, dried beans, Instant Pot navy beans, white beans, instant pot recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
bringing pot to pressure and natural pressure release 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 168kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried white beans (Cannellini, Northern*, Navy, Butter or Lima)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot water (preheating your liquid saves time)
  • 3 cups hot chicken broth (can substitute with more water)

Instructions

  • Rinse and pick through your beans, removing any shriveled beans or rocks. Place the dry beans in the Instant Pot liner, then add the salt, broth, and water. Using hot water and broth helps bring the pot to pressure faster, reducing your cooking time.
  • Twist on the pressure cooker lid, turn or press pressure lever (if needed), and set on high pressure for 25 minutes. Add 10 minutes for large beans like great northern beans. When done, allow a 20 minute natural pressure release (leave pot undisturbed), then do a quick release my twisting or pressing the pressure lever/button.
  • Using pot holders, carefully remove the pot liner and drain the beans into a colander. Rinse the beans until the water runs clear. Serve the beans or store in the refrigerator or freezer for later (see notes below).

Notes

*For Great Northern or large white beans, add 10 minutes to pressure cooking. 
Presoaking is optional with this recipe. If you use presoaked beans, reduce the natural pressure release time to 10 minutes.
Use any white bean in this recipe: Cannellini, Northern, Navy, Butter or Lima are all ideal to use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 5mg

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