Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans! Tender beans, sweet molasses sauce, and lots of smoky bacon. This easy pressure cooker recipe is a perfect side dish with BBQ, meatloaf, or any other meaty main dishes.

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Photography Credit: Coco Morante

Elise’s recipe for Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans is fantastic. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time for the full version, it turns out that you can speed it up considerably by using an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot!

Instead of taking eight hours to cook, I can make these pressure cooker baked beans in just over two hours!

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Another bonus with this pressure cooker recipe is that you don’t have to soak the beans overnight. Instead, I par-cook (partially cook) them with just water before adding the rest of the ingredients. The par cooking step ensures that the beans will get soft and tender.

The rest of the recipe is so simple! Just be sure to let the pressure cooker go through a natural release instead of doing a quick release. Beans have a tendency to foam and sputter when the pressure is released too quickly, which can clog the release valve.

Pressure Cooker Baked BeansTender beans, sweet molasses sauce, and lots of smoky bacon — this easy pressure cooker recipe make a perfect side dish with BBQ, meatloaf, or any other meaty main dishes.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking (including pressure release) time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings

This recipe uses an electric pressure cooker. Pressure cooking times will be slightly less if you're using a stovetop pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced

Special equipment:

Method

1 Par-cook the beans: Combine the dried beans and 8 cups of the water in an electric pressure cooker. Secure the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure that the pressure regulator is set to the “Sealing” position.

If you are using an Instant Pot, select the “Bean/Chili” program, then adjust the time to 15 minutes. If your pressure does not have a “Bean/Chili” program, set it manually to “High Pressure” for 15 minutes.

It will take about 20 minutes for your pressure cooker to come up to pressure, and then the 15 minutes of actual cooking will begin. 

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

2 Naturally release the pressure and drain the beans: When the timer goes off, wait for the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure by moving the pressure release knob from “Sealing” to “Venting.” It will take a minute or two for the pressure to release completely.

At this point, the beans should be mostly cooked through, but still firm. It's fine if there's still a little bit of white at the center. If you'd like to use some of the bean cooking liquid to make your baked beans, scoop out 1 1/2 cups of liquid and set it aside.

Wearing a pair of heat-proof mitts, lift the inner pot out of the pressure cooker and drain the beans into a colander in the sink. Wash out the pot and return it to the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

3 Prepare the cooking liquid: In a small bowl, whisk together the molasses, sugar, mustard, ground cloves, and 1 1/2 cups water or reserved bean cooking liquid. Set aside.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

4 Sauté the bacon and onions: Reset the electric pressure cooker, then select its “Sauté” program. Add the bacon to the pot and sauté it until it begins to render some fat, about 5 minutes.

Add the onions and sauté until they are translucent, about 5 more minutes. When done, hit "Cancel" to stop sautéing.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

5 Finish cooking the beans: Gently stir the beans and the cooking liquid into the pot with the bacon and onions. Secure the lid on the pressure cooker, again making sure that the pressure regulator is set to the “Sealing” position.

If you are using an Instant Pot, select the “Bean/Chili” program, then adjust the time to 15 minutes. If your pressure does not have a “Bean/Chili” program, set it manually to “High Pressure” for 15 minutes.

It will take about 15 minutes for your pressure cooker to come up to pressure, and then the 15 minutes of actual cooking will begin.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

6 Let the pressure release naturally: When the cooking program finishes, let the pressure cooker completely release its pressure naturally. This will take about 30 minutes.

Don’t perform a quick release, as the thick cooking liquid will sputter out of the pressure release valve.

7 Serve the beans warm: They are very good straight out of the pot, and taste even better the next day. Reheat beans over low temperature on the stovetop, in a low oven, or in the microwave.

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

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Coco Morante

Author of The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. A self-taught cook and classically-trained soprano, Coco Morante writes and sings in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their beagle. For more recipes, visit her blog, Lefty Spoon.

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4 Comments

  1. Leslie Kuss

    Can the baked beans be frozen?

  2. Paige Flamm

    We have a huge bean obsession over here in our house! We’re going to have to try your recipe soon!

  3. Nonata

    I’m in love with beans here we make several preparations with it, the famous feijoada, we make with meat, vegetables and vegetables but that way I’ve never seen I’ll do it here to see how it looks, it looks very tasty

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