Instant Pot Lima Beans (Fast, Tender, Perfect!)

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Vintage spoon in a bowl of perfect Instant Pot lima beans

With an Instant Pot and 30 minutes (after soaking), you can make perfectly cooked baby lima beans every time! Let us show you how.

Spoon and bowl of baby white lima beans

Instant Pot Lima Beans

The Instant Pot is our preferred method for cooking lima beans because it’s quick, easy, and yields perfectly tender beans!

While most beans don’t need to be soaked before cooking in the Instant Pot, we highly recommend soaking lima beans. We tested not soaking them, but the center of the beans wouldn’t fully cook.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Soak the beans for at least 6-8 hours, then drain
  • Ratio = 1 part baby lima beans : 3 parts water
  • Cook Time = 7 minutes
  • Release = 15 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

Baby lima beans have a mild, creamy, buttery flavor and texture, making them incredibly versatile and delicious. They can be enjoyed in stews, soupssalads, and more. And they’re even delicious by the spoonful!

Soaking baby lima beans in water to make them perfectly tender
Pouring water into a pot of soaked baby lima beans

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!

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Instant Pot of cooked baby lima beans

Instant Pot Lima Beans (Fast, Tender, Perfect!)

How to cook lima beans in the Instant Pot! Our easy technique yields perfectly tender lima beans perfect for salads, soups, and more!
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of cooked baby lima beans
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 6 hours 23 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 (3/4-cup servings)
Course Helpful How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


  • 1 cup baby lima beans (white, not green)
  • 3 cups water (or vegetable broth for more flavor)


  • Add lima beans to a bowl and cover with cool water by about 3 inches (ensuring they’re well submerged). Soak overnight, or for at least 6-8 hours at room temperature.
  • Drain lima beans, then add to the Instant Pot. Add water and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 7 minutes (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped and strain off any excess cooking liquid.
  • Enjoy immediately in stews, soupssalads, and more. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop, adding a little water, as needed, to prevent sticking.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).
*Prep time does not include soaking beans.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 three-quarter-cup serving Calories: 169 Carbohydrates: 31.7 g Protein: 10.4 g Fat: 0.5 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.21 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 7 mg Potassium: 709 mg Fiber: 10.4 g Sugar: 4.2 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 40.91 mg Iron: 3.13 mg

Reader Interactions


  1. Liz says

    Hi Dana,

    How would you recommend cooking Jumbo Lima beans in an instant pot? Do you know how much (if any) extra time we would need to add?

    Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Liz, we haven’t experimented with jumbo lima beans, but would estimate maybe an additional 5 minutes? Let us know how it goes!

  2. Angela says

    I started soaking two cups of beans before I realized the 3:1 ratio is for one cup. I put four cups of water in the soaking pot. I’ll keep and eye on them.
    With that in mind, is the pressure cook time still seven minutes?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Angela, just make sure your Instant Pot can handle that volume. According to the manufacturer, with foods that expand, it’s best not to fill past the “1/2” line. As for timing, yes, 7 minutes will work even with a larger batch. Hope that helps!

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