Making green beans in the Instant Pot is so quick and easy, and these green beans are tender, buttery, and super versatile. One of our favorite healthy side dishes!
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- The Instant Pot might just be my favorite way to cook green beans. It just makes them so easy! Pour a little liquid in the pot, add the green beans in a steamer basket, seal the lid, and hit the button. In a few minutes you’ll have perfectly cooked green beans, seasoned just the way you like them!
- Green beans are a super nutritious veggie. They’re full of vitamin K, calcium, folate, vitamin B; they have no cholesterol; and they’re naturally low in sodium. They’re a great option for anyone with digestive issues, too, since they’re a low FODMAP food.
- This recipe has a ZERO MINUTE COOK TIME!! WHOA! All of the cooking actually happens in the time it takes the Instant Pot to reach full pressure, so as soon as that happens, you’re done! The size of Instant Pot and amount of green beans and liquid you put in it will change the pressurizing time, but plan for 5-10 minutes.
Green Beans – Fresh green beans will work best, but you can use frozen green beans if you’d rather. I just don’t recommend using canned green beans. They’ll be too soft when they come out of the pressure cooker.
Butter – Use a dairy-free, plant-based butter or ghee as needed to fit any dietary restrictions you or your dinner guests may have.
Seasonings – This recipe is super versatile. It all depends on the seasonings you use! Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, garlic powder, rosemary and thyme, black pepper – whatever you love.
- If your Instant Pot is large enough, you can easily double the recipe. You may need to adjust the cook time and/or the amount of liquid you use to offset the extra green beans.
- Carefully Quick Release the pressure as soon as the cook time is up. If you wait too long, or if you use a Natural Release, the green beans will overcook and end up mushy and unpleasant.
- What do you serve with Instant Pot green beans? Um, basically anything!? A few of my faves are Marry Me Chicken, Instant Pot Risotto with Parmesan and White Wine, The Best Filet Mignon Ever, Easy Seared Scallops, and Eggplant Lasagna.
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- 1-1 ½ cups vegetable broth or water; amount depends on size of Instant Pot
- 1 pound green beans washed, ends trimmed
- 1 tablespoon butter see Notes
- salt to taste
- desired seasonings to taste
- Instant Pot (or similar pressure cooker)
- Steamer basket insert for Instant Pot
- Pour vegetable broth (or water) into Instant Pot, using 1 cup liquid for a 6-quart Instant Pot or 1 ½ cups liquid for an 8-quart Instant Pot. Place steamer basket insert into Instant Pot.
- Place trimmed green beans in steamer basket. Cover Instant Pot with lid and seal, making sure vent is in Sealing position.
- Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure with a cook time of zero (0) minutes. All cooking will actually occur during time it takes Instant Pot to reach full pressure.Note: for softer green beans, set cook time to one (1) minute.
- Once cook time is up (whether 0 minutes or 1 minute), carefully Quick Release pressure and remove lid. Carefully remove steamer basket and set aside, then remove pot and drain liquid. Return pot to Instant Pot and set to Sauté mode.
- Add butter to Instant Pot and let melt, then return green beans (without steamer basket) to Instant Pot. Sprinkle salt and desired seasonings on green beans and stir to coat in melted butter. Sauté green beans until desired texture is achieved (optional). Serve warm.
- Make it Gluten Free: Make sure your broth doesn’t contain gluten, or just use water.
- Make it Dairy Free: Use a dairy-free butter.
- Make it Vegan: Use a vegan butter.
- Make it Whole30/Paleo: Use ghee instead of butter and a compliant broth (or just use water).
- This recipe was tested and perfected using a 6-quart Instant Pot.
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