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Instant Pot Green Beans
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Instant Pot Green Beans

Green beans don't have to be boring. With this simple seasoning combination and your Instant Pot, steamed fresh green beans are just moments away. You'll look forward to seeing these greens on your plate!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Saute3 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 48kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $1.10 / Serving $0.28


  • ½ lb fresh green beans ($0.84)
  • 1 cup water (1.5 cups if using 8qt IP) ($0.00)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ($0.13)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt ($0.02)
  • teaspoon pepper ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder ($0.05)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder ($0.05)


  • Wash your green beans and trim off the ends.
  • Place one cup of water into the Instant Pot, or if using an 8 qt Instant Pot, use 1.5 cups of water.
  • Place the green beans in a steamer basket or on the trivet and lower into Instant Pot.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 1 minute.
  • Quick release the pressure within the Instant Pot and carefully remove the green beans.
  • Drain liquid inside liner and return liner to pot.
  • Set to Saute for 3 minutes and add in the olive oil and seasonings. Stir to mix. You will not need the full 3 minutes.
  • Toss in the green beans and stir to combine.
  • Remove green beans, turn off Instant Pot, and serve warm.


Recipe Tips
For a firmer green bean do High Pressure 0 minutes. For a softer green bean, you can cook for 2 minutes. Green beans cooked for 3 minutes are very soft and kind of mushy. 
I recently bought an Instant Pot steamer basket because 90% of what I use the Instant Pot for these days in steamed veggies. You can choose to buy this aftermarket product or steam veggies without it. Using the trivet or simply placing the veggies in the water at the bottom of the liner (sort of like boiling) will work too.
The amount of water needed varies per Instant Pot. A 6 quart Instant Pot will need just 1 cup of water whereas an 8 qt should have 1.5 cups of water. This is simply to maintain the minimum liquid threshold needed to get the Instant Pots to work without fail. The water will be drained before seasoning the greens and only serves the purpose of steaming the green beans to our desired tenderness.


Leftover green beans can be stored in the fridge in a covered container for up to 5 days. For best results, eat sooner rather than later. Green beans tend to lose that crisp bite and become chewy as they age. 


You can reheat the green beans by placing them on a plate in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on how many you have to warm up.
They will freeze well. Because they have already been cooked, there is nothing to do except allow the green beans to cool completely and place them in an airtight container in the freezer. They can last up to 12 months in the freezer if properly stored! Of course, eating them sooner rather than later helps to avoid freezer burn and flavor loss.


Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 151.1mg | Potassium: 119.7mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 1.8g | Vitamin A: 19.8IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 22.8mg | Iron: 0.6mg