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Instant Pot Green Beans

Instant Pot Green Beans are quick to make and take less than 15 minutes from start to finish. One of the easiest Instant Pot side dishes!
Prep Time5 mins
Pressurize Time9 mins
Total Time14 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 35kcal


  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 cup water
  • salt, pepper, fresh lemon, butter, etc. as desired for serving


  • Wash the green beans and trim off the tough stem ends.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot inner pot and add a steamer basket to the pot. Place the green beans in the steamer basket. If you do not have a steamer basket you can cook the green beans right in the water in the pot.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the pressure cook time to 0 minutes at high pressure for crisp-tender green beans. Even though the pressure cook time is set to zero, the green beans will cook while the Instant Pot pressurizes. If you want your green beans softer, set the cook time for 1-3 minutes, depending on how soft you want your green beans.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 8 minutes to reach pressure. When the cook time finishes, the Instant Pot should beep a few times to let you know the cooking cycle has ended (assuming you haven't turned off the sound on your pot). Immediately quick release the pressure by carefully turning the steam release valve to the venting position. When the pin drops down carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Serve green beans with butter, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or as desired.


  • Frozen green beans will also work in this recipe.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 782IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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