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Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Green Beans

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound green beans 1x


Instant Pot (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 carefully lift the steamer basket out of the pot as soon as I can after the pressure release finishes.

The recipe works with a 12-ounce bag of pre-trimmed green beans, too.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American