It’s time to bring out the big beans. Rancho Gordo’s Royal Corona beans are huge white beans, each about the size of my thumb. Here’s how I pressure cook a big batch of Instant Pot Royal Corona Beans.
Big Bean Time – quick soaking
Normally, I don’t soak beans I’m going to pressure cook, unless I need to shorten the cooking time to match other ingredients. But…Corona beans are so large that I don’t trust them to cook through. I soak them overnight, or quick-soak them in my pressure cooker. Quick soaking is simple: Pressure cook on high for 1 minute, then let the pot of beans sit for an hour. Drain the beans and they’re ready to cook in fresh water. (And, to be honest, I usually quick soak them – I forget to soak them the night before.)
Go big or go home
Looking for extra-large, extra-creamy beans? Pressure cook a batch of Royal Coronas, and serve them in their broth, or drained and tossed with olive oil and some fresh herbs.
Recipe: Instant Pot Royal Corona BeansPrint
Instant Pot Royal Corona Beans. Talking about big beans in the pressure cooker.
- 1 pound Royal Corona Beans (aka corona runner beans), sorted and rinsed
- Water for soaking (see instructions)
- 5 cups water
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 an onion, peeled
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary (or 2 bay leaves)
- Sort and rinse the beans: First sort the beans, discarding any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans, then do an overnight or a quick soak.
- Overnight soak: Cover the beans by an inch with water. Leave the beans to soak at least 8 hours, or overnight.
- OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 1 hour rest: Put the beans and 8 cups of water in the pressure cooker pot. Pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot for 1 minute), then let the beans sit for 1 hour.
- Pressure Cook for 20 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release: Drain the beans, discarding the soaking liquid. Put the beans in the pressure cooker, add 5 cups of water, sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt, then add the onion half and the sprig of rosemary. Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, or for 16 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot.) Let the pressure come down naturally, about 30 minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes of natural pressure release.)
- Serve: Discard the onion and rosemary – they’ve given their all to the beans. Serve the beans with their broth, or drain the beans and serve. (I like to toss the drained beans with olive oil and serve them with a pinch of minced fresh rosemary.)
- You don’t need to overnight soak AND the quick soak – do one or the other.
- Can you skip the soak? Yes, if you pressure cook for 45 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release…and then check the beans. If they’re not cooked through, give them another 5 minutes under pressure to finish cooking.
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker)
- Category: Side dish
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Instant Pot Royal Corona Beans, Pressure Cooker Royal Corona Beans
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