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A bowl of cooked snowcap beans with a smaller bowl of uncooked snowcap beans

Instant Pot Snowcap Beans

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of beans 1x


Instant Pot Snowcap Beans recipe. Big, beautiful heirloom beans, cooked from dried in about an hour thanks to pressure cooking.


  • 1 pound of dried Snowcap Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 8 cups of water for soaking (see instructions)
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 small onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Sort and rinse the beans: Sort the beans, discarding any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans, then do an overnight or a quick soak.
  2. Overnight soak: Cover the beans with water, with the water level at least an inch above the beans. Leave the beans to soak for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 30 minute 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 in the pot for 30 minutes.
  4. Pressure Cook for 18 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 a teaspoon of salt, then add the onion and bay leaves. Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 18 minutes in an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker, or for 15 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. (Use "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" mode in an Instant Pot.) (If you're in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes of natural release).
  5. Serve: Unlock the lid on the pressure cooker. Discard the onion and bay leaves. To use as a side dish, serve the beans with their broth; to add to another recipe, drain the beans. They keep in the refrigerator for a few days or a few months in the freezer. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Snowcap Beans, Pressure Cooker Snowcap Beans