Instant Pot White Beans (Great Northern, Fast, No Soaking!)

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Bowl of perfectly cooked white beans made in the Instant Pot

With an Instant Pot and less than 1 hour, you can make perfectly cooked Great Northern white beans every time! Let us show you how.

Spoon and bowl of Great Northern white beans

Instant Pot White Beans

The Instant Pot is our preferred method for cooking Great Northern (white) beans because it’s quick & easy (no soaking required!) and yields perfectly tender beans!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ratio = 1 part Great Northern (white) beans : 3 ½ parts water
  • Cook Time = 30-32 minutes
  • Release = 15 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

They go well in stews, soups, white chili, and salads, or as a sub for some of the cashews in vegan alfredo sauce

Pouring water over Great Northern Beans in an Instant Pot
Wooden spoon in an Instant Pot with cooked white 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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Vintage spoon in a bowl of Instant Pot Great Northern white beans

Instant Pot White Beans (Great Northern, Fast, No Soaking!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT white beans in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and 1 pot required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of Instant Pot White Beans
2 from 1 vote
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 55 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 white beans (Great Northern // see notes for cannellini or white kidney beans)
  • 3 ½ cups water (or vegetable broth for more flavor)


  • Add white beans and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 30-32 minutes (30 minutes for more firm, 32 for more tender // 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, soups, white chili, or salads, or as a sub for some of the cashews in vegan alfredo sauce. 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.


*If using cannellini (white kidney) beans, we suggest soaking them for 6-8 hours, draining the water, and adding the soaked beans to the Instant Pot with ~3 cups (710 ml) fresh water. Then pressure cook on high for 5-7 minutes (5 for more firm beans, 7 for more buttery) and natural release for 15 minutes as specified in instruction 2.
*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).

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 three-quarter-cup serving Calories: 185 Carbohydrates: 33.3 g Protein: 12.9 g Fat: 0.5 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 8 mg Potassium: 745 mg Fiber: 8.4 g Sugar: 0.5 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 119.48 mg Iron: 4.91 mg

Reader Interactions


    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! So sorry this happened, Nicole. Is it possible your instant pot wasn’t set to high pressure? We’re here to help trouble-shoot if you tell us more about your experience. Thanks for sharing!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Nicole, in our experience, that can mean one of two things: 1) some of the beans are old, or 2) the water wasn’t covering them fully. If the beans are old, soaking can help. Hope that’s helpful!

  1. Suzan says

    I’m wondering if a double recipe will work in the InstaPot. With 7 cups of water and 2 cups of beans would the cooking time need to be increased?
    Thank you, Suzan

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Suzan, if you have a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot, that should be fine! Just make sure not to fill past the 1/2 line (which for a 6-quart is about 12 cups). There’s no need to increase the cook time, it will just take longer to pressurize and to release pressure. Hope that helps!

  2. Barbara says

    Thankyou so much. I’ve never cooked my beans yet in the pressure cooker. Only meats so far. I so needed a guide . I’m from SE Louisiana and we just went through Hurricane Ida. Cooking everything on the grill, Still without power, so I’m tryin my hand at this.😁 I will be adding my sausage and trinity (onions, bell pepper, celery ) what we call it in the south.and Cajun them up a bit. So Thankyou so much. I will let y’all know how they turned out.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love to hear this! Those modifications sound delicious, too! We’re so glad that this recipe may be of use to you during a difficult time, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the beans!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tracey, we haven’t experimented with making them in a slow cooker, so we’re not sure! Perhaps 4-6 hours on low?

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