This Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe has got to be the easiest way to make baked beans! These beans are delectably sweet and make the perfect side dish made in your Instant Pot!
Why These Boston Baked Beans Are SO Good
- Fast. This Instant Pot recipe is made in less than an hour compared to traditional baked beans.
- Easy. A great pour and cook recipe.
- Inexpensive. Pantry ingredients are great to buy on a budget.
- Vegetarian. No bacon or pork like some other popular recipes.
- Leftovers. This makes a large pot of easy baked beans so you can reheat them later for a great quick side dish.
Not only does the Instant Pot dramatically cut down on the cooking time, but it does a wonderful job of infusing the Instant Pot beans with tons of flavor!
It's one of the main reasons I turn to Instant Pot recipes on a regular basis for cooking dishes like this and let me tell you, this Boston Baked Beans Recipe really must be tasted to be fully appreciated.
Ingredients You'll Need
- Dried Navy Beans, soaked overnight or 1 hour in hot water
- Prepared Mustard
- Worcestershire Sauce
- bay leaves
- Kosher Salt
- eeliasGround Black Pepper
Which Beans Are Used In Baked Beans?
Traditionally, the beans used for baked beans are Navy Beans. That is what I chose to use for this Instant Pot Recipe.
Using these beans ensures a Baked Bean recipe that is not mush and absorbs all of the delicious seasonings in the pressure cooker.
How Long Does It Take To Cook A Pot Of Beans In The Instant Pot?
As I said earlier, one of the reasons I love cooking Beans in my Instant Pot is because of how quickly they can be cooked to perfection compared to other cooking methods.
With the help of your Instant Pot, you can have incredibly flavorful and deliciously seasoned Boston Baked Beans in less than an hour (even including prep time)!
How Much Water Do You Need For A Pound Of Beans In The Instant Pot?
To properly cook the pound of dried navy beans that I used in this recipe, you will need to use one cup of water.
There is also a small amount of thicker liquid in this recipe (such as Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ketchup, and molasses) but the water is what will be used to bring your Instant Pot to pressure to cook the beans.
How To Make Instant Pot Baked Beans
- Place water, beans, onion, ketchup, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, salt, and pepper into the Instant Pot.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and cook under high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Then, release all remaining pressure.
- Open the lid to your Instant Pot. Using the back of a spoon, mash a few of the beans to thicken the texture.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips And Tricks For Making This Instant Pot Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans Recipe
- No need to soak the navy beans overnight before cooking them. If you prefer to soak them overnight, the texture will still be the same, but if you're on a time crunch you can simply soak them in hot water for an hour before tossing them in your Instant Pot.
- "How do you thicken Boston baked beans?" The trick is to mash some of the beans after cooking them in order to thicken them up. Just mash some up with the back of a spoon and mix it all together.
- I made my recipe meat-free, but you can feel free to add some precooked salt pork or bacon into the mix.
What Do You Serve With Instant Pot Baked Beans?
There are tons of great dishes you can pair this baked beans recipe with! Here are a few great options to consider:
- Pressure Cooker Ribs are the perfect match!
- Air Fryer Pork Chops makes some of the juiciest pork chops out there!
- Pair them with my Broccoli Frittata with Ham and Peppers and you'll have a breakfast you won't soon forget.
- If you're going to make my Boston Baked Beans recipe, then you absolutely MUST make my Boston Brown Bread Recipe to go with it!
- Kofta Kababs- A great meat kabab.
- Pork Tenderloin- A great side to this perfect port tenderloin recipe.
How Long Do They Last?
This baked beans recipe makes the perfect side dish for any BBQ, picnic, or potluck. I've found myself doubling the recipe more often than I've found myself with leftovers.
That being said, Instant Pot Baked Beans can last up to 5 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The longer they sit, the more robust the flavor will become.
Can You Freeze Them?
These beans actually freeze very well, so feel free to make an extra-large batch to freeze and enjoy later!
Just make sure you let the beans cool before putting them in the freezer, as putting hot beans in the freezer can cause the beans to burst or the container they're in to crack.
Does Cooking Beans In An Instant Pot Reduce Gas?
While it's possible that cooking beans in an Instant Pot could help reduce the gas produced by beans by breaking down some of the natural sugars inside of the beans, I wouldn't expect a no-gas bean experience just because you cooked them in your pressure cooker.
If you have a sensitive stomach but aren't quite ready to give up your Boston baked beans, any bit of relief is worth the effort.
Let me know if you notice a difference in the comments.
So whenever you get that craving for some baked beans, put away that canned stuff and make yourself this Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe instead! Make sure to share this recipe with your friend on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!
- Place water, beans, onion, ketchup, molasses, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, salt and pepper into the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes. Then, release all remaining pressure.
- Open the lid, and using the back of a spoon, mash a few of the beans to thicken, and serve.
- You do need to soak the navy beans before cooking them, so you can either soak them overnight or soak them in hot water for an hour before you cook them.
- You might be wondering, "How do you thicken Boston baked beans?" The trick is to mash some of the beans after cooking them in order to thicken it up. Just mash some up with the back of a spoon and mix it all together.
- I made my recipe meat-free, but you can feel free to add some salt pork or bacon into the mix.
- These beans actually freeze very well, so feel free to make an extra-large batch to freeze and enjoy later! Just make sure you let the beans cool before putting them in the freezer, as putting hot beans in the freezer can cause the beans to burst or the container they're in to crack.
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Originally Published September 26, 2019