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Instant Pot Kidney Beans

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Instant Pot Kidney Beans Recipe is made with lime, cilantro, black beans, and broth in an Instant Pot. 


  • 1 cup dried kidney beans
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime


  1. Rinse and sort the dried kidney beans to remove any debris or impurities.
  2. Place the kidney beans, broth, and bay leaves in the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and ensure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to manual or pressure cook mode on high pressure for 25 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time is complete, allow for a natural pressure release for about 10 minutes. Then, carefully perform a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  6. Open the lid and remove the bay leaves from the cooked beans.
  7. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can mash some of the beans with a spoon or potato masher.
  8. Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding salt and pepper if desired. Squeeze in the lime juice and garnish with cilantro. 
  9. Serve the Instant Pot kidney beans hot as a side dish or as a main course with rice, tortillas, or your preferred accompaniments.


  • You do not need to presoak beans
  • Rinse the Beans: Before cooking, make sure to rinse the kidney beans under cold water. This helps remove any dirt or debris and ensures cleaner beans for cooking.
  • Use Proper Liquid Ratio: When cooking kidney beans in the Instant Pot, it's important to use the right liquid-to-bean ratio. Typically, a ratio of 3 cups of liquid (water or broth) to 1 cup of dried kidney beans works well. This is crucial to ensure the beans cook properly and absorb enough liquid.
  • Add Flavorful Ingredients: Enhance the flavor of your kidney beans by adding aromatics such as onions, garlic, herbs, or spices. These ingredients can infuse the beans with delicious flavors and make them even more enjoyable to eat.
  • Avoid Overfilling: To prevent any issues with foaming or clogging during cooking, avoid filling the Instant Pot more than halfway with kidney beans and liquid. This allows enough space for the beans to expand as they cook.
  • Natural Pressure Release: After the cooking time is complete, it's best to allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the beans continue to cook gently and prevents them from becoming mushy. After the natural release, you can manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: Cooking times can vary depending on the age and quality of the kidney beans. If you find that your beans are still slightly undercooked after the initial cooking time, you can cook them for an additional few minutes to achieve the desired tenderness. Keep in mind that it's easier to adjust the cooking time if the beans are slightly undercooked rather than overcooked.
  • Season to Taste: Once the kidney beans are cooked, taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more salt, herbs, spices, or other seasonings to suit your preferences.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 129.3
  • Sugar: 0.0 g
  • Sodium: 197.9 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.3 g
  • Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Protein: 8.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 17.0 mg