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.
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
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Instant Pot White Beans (Great Northern, Fast, No Soaking!)
- 1 cup white beans (Great Northern // see notes for cannelini 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.
*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).