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Pressure Cooker Green Beans

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Pressure Cooker Green Beans

1 minute under pressure? 1 minute under pressure. Here is the pressure cooker version of my favorite vegetable side dish, Steam Sautéed Green Beans.

Now, let me say this up front: there is no reason to pressure cook green beans. They cook too fast. By the time the cooker comes up to pressure, the beans are done; by the time the cooker quick releases, I might as well have made them on the stovetop.

So, why pressure cook green beans? Flexibility – I use this recipe when I want to use the Instant Pot to free up the stovetop. If I’m cooking for a party, and every burner has a pot on it, the Instant Pot can jump in to act as another cooking vessel. At that moment, I don’t care it’s a pressure cooker, just that it can cook the green beans.

Video: Pressure Cooker Green Beans (1:26)

Video: Pressure Cooker Green Beans []

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Pressure Cooker Green Beans

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound green beans 1x


Pressure Cooker Green Beans. A quick pressure cooker side dish. And I do mean quick: 1 minute at high pressure with a quick release


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • A drizzle of olive oil (or butter, optional)
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)


  1. Everything in the pot: Put a vegetable steaming basket in the pressure cooker, and pour in 1 cup of water. Spread the beans out on top of the basket, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  2. Pressure cook for 1 minute with a Quick Pressure Release: Lock the lid on the cooker. Cook at high pressure for 1 minute (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot). Quick release the pressure, then remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid the hot steam.
  3. Season and serve: Carefully lift the steamer basket full of beans out of the cooker, and dump the beans onto a serving platter. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil, squeeze a little juice from a fresh lemon over the top, and serve. Enjoy!


  • The beans will continue to cook, even after the pressure is released. I get them out of the pot as soon as I can after the pressure valve drops.
  • The recipe works with a 12-ounce bag of pre-trimmed green beans, too.


  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

What do you think?

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Delicious, I set the basket of beans on top of leek trimmings, on top of the platform (?). The beans were flavoured, and the water could be used as stock.

  2. This is the BEST green bean recipe for Instant Pot AND stove top. Thank you. Five Stars

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