Instant Pot Kidney Beans (No Soaking!)

Instant Pot Kidney Beans (No Soaking!)

Need to cook kidney beans in a rush? This Instant Pot Kidney Beans recipe doesn’t require a soak so you can make kidney beans in the Instant Pot in no time! If you enjoy making beans in a pressure cooker, check out our Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe and Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice recipe.

Cooking in the Instant Pot has made dinner time easier than ever. You can easily make this Instant Pot Kidney Beans recipe with just a little time and effort. This way of cooking kidney beans is preferred because there is no reason to soak the beans. You can do every step in the Instant Pot and have delicious beans to enjoy in no time! 

Instant Pot Kidney Beans No Soak

If you’ve ever made kidney beans out of a bag before, you know that you usually have to soak them in order to make them soft enough to eat. Without even soaking these kidney beans, you’ll get perfectly soft beans that you can eat! Once the beans are done, you can add them to soups recipes, chili, or even pasta! 

How To Cook Kidney Beans In the Instant Pot

Make sure you plan out at least an hour to cook these kidney beans in the Instant Pot. While that may seem like a long time, it’s actually quite fast for beans. Usually beans need to soak overnight in order to have the best texture for eating. 

  • Place the kidney beans in the Instant Pot with 1 cup kidney beans and 3.5 cups of Instant Pot Bone Broth (or water). 
  • Cook in the Instant Pot for 45 minutes. 
  • Go with the natural release so that the kidney beans can have the softest texture possible! 

Close up shot of cooked kidney beans in the instant pot.

How Long Do You Cook Kidney Beans In a Pressure Cooker?

The kidney beans take 45 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. Add the 10 minutes it takes to come to pressure and the 15 minutes it takes to naturally release, and you’re looking at a total of 70 minutes.

Instant Pot Beans

This dump and go Instant Pot Beans recipe is a perfect base recipe. Meaning you can add any herbs or spices you like. Think finely chopped onions, fresh thyme, bay leaves, cajun seasoning and more. Even a shake of BBQ Dry Rub or Jamaican Jerk Seasoning would be killer.

Recipe Tips

  • Pre-make beans to help make meal prep easier. Kidney beans are so versatile that you can add them to so many recipes. Cook them in the Instant Pot for shorter prep and cooking time. We use them in many soup recipes, like our Pasta e Fagioli recipe. This way we can control the sodium content.
  • Save money cooking beans in a bag. When you cook beans in a bag, you are getting a budget friendly version, which is great! Save money by cooking kidney beans in the Instant Pot. 

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Instant Pot Kidney Beans in a white bowl, sitting next to the full Instant Pot full of beans.
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Instant Pot Kidney Beans (No Soak)

Need to cook kidney beans in a rush? This Instant Pot Kidney Beans recipe doesn’t require a soak and you’ll have beans in no time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Minute Meals, Bean Recipes, Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $3.00



  • Onion, Bay Leaf, Cumin, Salt, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt or Tapatio (*Note 3)


  • Rinse the kidney beans and pick out any pebbles. 
  • Add the kidney beans and broth to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. (Here is where you'll also add any flavor elements you decide to go with) Secure the lid, making sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  • Set Instant Pot to "pressure cook" or "manual" (depending on model) on high pressure for 40 minutes. Once the timer beeps, let naturally release for 15 minutes.
  • Quick release any remaining pressure before removing the lid.
  • Remove the beans with a slotted spoon or drain excess liquid.



Note 1 - Make sure to pick out any pebbles rocks or floating beans.
Note 2 -  You can use water but the bone broth really amps up the flavor. 
Note 3 - This is a basic kidney bean recipe. Add your favorites spices and herbs to enhance the beans if eating right out of the instant pot.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg
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