(Instant Pot) Pressure Cooker Baked Beans are a popular side dish for summer BBQs. Dried navy beans are cooked until tender in the pressure cooker and coated in a classic sweet, smoky, sticky sauce.
Cecilia, a Pressure Cooking Today reader, asked me if I would post a pressure cooker baked beans recipe. Although you can make great baked beans with canned beans, cooking them in the pressure cooker from dry beans is easy, cheaper, and your beans will be better tasting.
All About Baked Beans
Baked beans are a dish that seems as old as barbecues themselves—I can’t remember not having them at family barbecues growing up. While I’ve only had the traditional American version cooked in a smoky sweet molasses sauce, apparently across the pond in the UK, baked beans are a breakfast food: meatless, coated in a tomato sauce, and served on toast! I’ve also heard that Canadians make theirs with maple syrup. Because of course! (Can my Canadian readers confirm or deny this?)
However, the common thread linking baked beans across countries are the navy beans. These small white beans are native to North America and are, apparently, (If you’re really interested, check out The Guardian’s fabulous write up. SO much bean trivia—the beans were cooked by indigenous tribes and adopted by the Pilgrims! First canned in the 1860s!)
Despite the “baked” in their name, most baked beans recipes are actually slow-simmered. Many popular recipes have you simmer them for anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours! But by “baking” them in the pressure cooker, you can have perfect “baked” beans with just 35 minutes at high pressure and a 10 minute natural release.
Making Pressure Cooker Baked Beans in an Instant Pot
Better Homes and Gardens has a good tutorial on cooking baked beans from scratch, and I adapted their recipe for the pressure cooker. The baked beans have a great, traditional flavor. I like lots of bacon in my baked beans, so I doubled the bacon.
You’ll get the prettiest, least broken beans if you soak them overnight, as directed. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can pressure cook the beans for 1 minute. Turn the pressure cooker off and then let them soak for 1 hour before proceeding with the recipe.
Update: I’ve made this Pressure Cooker Baked Beans dish many times, and it’s always a hit. I’ve updated the post with a video so you can see for yourself just how easy it is to make!
The video shows an overnight soak, but I often use the quick soak method mentioned at the bottom of the recipe.
Note: *If you don’t have time for an overnight soak, use this quick soak method. Pressure cook the beans for 1 minute. Turn pressure cooker off and let beans soak one hour. Proceed with the recipe as directed. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 1120mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 17g Protein: 11g
Note: *If you don’t have time for an overnight soak, use this quick soak method. Pressure cook the beans for 1 minute. Turn pressure cooker off and let beans soak one hour. Proceed with the recipe as directed.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.