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A bowl of cooked yellow eye beans on a wood table with an Instant Pot and some uncooked beans in the background

Instant Pot Yellow Eye Beans

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of beans 1x


Instant Pot Yellow Eye Beans. Dried beans, ready in about an hour without soaking, thanks to pressure cooking.


  • 1 pound dried Yellow Eye beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 6 cups water


  1. Sort and rinse the beans: Sort the yellow eye beans, removing any broken beans, stones, and dirt clods. Put the beans in a strainer and rinse under running water.
  2. Pressure cook the beans for 30 minutes with a Quick Release: Put the beans in the pressure cooker, sprinkle with the salt, and set the onion and garlic cloves on top. Pour in the 6 cups of water, stir, and then lock the pressure cooker lid. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes in an electric pressure cooker, or 25 minutes in a stovetop PC, then quick release the pressure.
  3. Serve: Remove the pressure cooker lid – open it away from you to protect yourself from the hot steam. Discard the onions and garlic cloves. (The garlic cloves may have dissolved into the broth - it's OK if you can't find them.) Serve with the broth and enjoy, or transfer the beans to 2-cup containers, cover with broth, and freeze for up to 6 months.


Soaked the beans overnight? Reduce the cooking time to 12 minutes at high pressure with a quick release.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Yellow Eye Beans, Pressure Cooker Yellow Eye Beans