Green beans- also called string beans- are super tasty, ultra-healthy ingredients that deserve a whole lot more credit than they get! I love green beans for so many reasons- not least of all because they are so quick and easy to make.My favorite way to prepare them is in an instant pot, or pressure cooker, with simple seasoning. Using this method, you get a perfect side dish- or perfectly prepared fresh green beans to transform into all kinds of meals.
Reasons to Steam Green Beans in an Instant Pot
There are a few ways to cook fresh green beans, but I think this is definitely the best! My instant pot cooker is a hero in my kitchen- and green beans are heroes in my cooking. If you don’t happen to have an instant pot, I would go with a crockpot green bean casserole!
Here are just a few reasons why instant pot green beans are the best.
It really only takes a few minutes to prepare and cook these delicious green beans in the instant pot cooker.
Pressure cooking works with fresh green beans, canned green beans, and frozen ones too. Whatever you have available, you can use it!
Keep It Nutritious
Green beans are packed full of nutrients, and pressure cooking them with steam retains those nutrients and keeps their superfood status intact.
Lock In Moisture and Flavor
Steaming doesn’t strip the green beans of any of their incredible flavor or juiciness. In fact, it only makes it all better!
Simple Recipe for Instant Pot Green Beans
Instant pot green beans are about as easy as they come- and it only takes a couple of minutes- such is the beauty of a pressure cooker! This recipe gives you perfectly cooked green beans every time for use in a range of dishes.
Whether you use them on their own as a side dish or as an addition to improve just about any meal, you can count on green beans to be a hit every time.
Here is my fool-proof method for steaming green beans in an electric pressure cooker.
How to Season Green Beans
In this recipe, I season my green beans with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice- but there are other ways to go.
Basically, you can season them however you want, but I find that simple is best to let the delicious natural sweetness of the green beans shine.
Here are a few other seasoning suggestions to consider:
- Cracked black pepper, salt, and chili flakes
- Garlic powder and lemon juice
- Make a garlic butter drizzle with minced garlic
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and grated parmesan cheese
- Salt, chili, and olive oil
Well-seasoned green beans taste perfect just as they are. They are one of my favorite side dishes but are also the base for many excellent easy meals.
Once you finish your pressure cooker green beans, you can turn them into all sorts of things- and here are a few of my top suggestions.
Sautéed Green Beans Asian Stir Fry
Who doesn’t love stir fry? Super tasty, completely versatile, easy to make, and doesn’t take long to cook- what’s not to like? You can easily make asian green beans in a stir fry style.
After the green beans finish cooking in the instant pot, transfer them to a saute pan with some butter. Add minced garlic, chopped onions, ginger, and black pepper, and saute until the onions are soft.
You could also add bean sprout, rep pepper, and a protein- stir fry is really one of those things where anything goes.
Green Bean and Sweet Potato Mash
Green beans and potatoes are a match made in heaven- especially sweet potatoes. A mash is something I often make with over-cooked green beans or older pot green beans I made a couple of days ago.
All I do is make the mash (using sweet potato, butter, a splash of milk, salt, and black pepper), chop the cooked green beans into smaller pieces, and mix them through.
The bright colors look great together on a plate- and is a possible way to get fussy kids to eat their green beans!
Southern Style Green Beans
Southern-style green beans are excellent comfort food in winter- and are much healthier than most southern comfort dishes! It combines the green beans with bacon, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and cajun seasoning for a hearty flavor.
You can make Southern green beans in the instant pot or in a saucepan. After cooking the bacon, garlic, and onion in a skillet with butter, transfer them to the pot, add the seasoning and green beans, cover with chicken broth, and leave to bubble.
To save time and boost flavor, don’t steam the green beans before- pressure cook them together with the rest of the ingredients.
Storing your Instant Pot Green Beans
Leftovers can live happily in the refrigerator for a few days- as long as they are sealed in an airtight container.
Let them cool before you transfer them to a Tupperware pot or vacuum-sealed sandwich back. Keep them refrigerated for a maximum of four days, then simply reheat them in the microwave or in a skillet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this recipe work with frozen green beans?
Yes, it does! Frozen green beans work just as well, and you don’t need to adjust the time on your instant pot cooker. Most frozen green beans have been cooked partially, so it doesn’t take long to finish the job.
Don’t worry about thawing- just chuck them straight in.
Do I need to have a steamer basket?
You can still steam green beans without a steamer basket if you don’t have one. One possibility is to use a metal trivet insert and spread the green beans on there.
No metal trivet either? Don’t panic- you can put the beans directly into the water. If you are going with this option, I recommend reducing the water measurement from a cup to around a quarter cup.
Is this recipe vegan?
It sure is! This instant pot green beans recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly. It is full of nutrition, calories are low, and is a perfect example of healthy side dish cuisine.
Please note that some of the seasoning options and serving suggestions are not suitable for a vegan diet because they use butter- but you can substitute it for vegan butter and enjoy it nonetheless.
Once you decide to pressure cook green beans, you won’t look back. I love this super easy method for steamed green beans in an instant pot- and there are so many ways to enjoy them when they are done.
Instant pot green beans make a juicy, flavorful, and healthy side dish for all kinds of main meals- but they can also become the star of the show! Versatility is a winner in cooking- and green beans are about as versatile as they come.
- 1/2 lb. fresh green beans
- 1 c. water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (or lime juice) - roughly one teaspoon
- Start by rinsing the green beans. Drain them well and pat them dry. Trim the ends to make them neat but don't cut off too much! If you are using frozen beans, you can leave them whole.
- Pour one cup of water into the instant pot (if you are using a six-quart cooker). If you have an eight-quart pressure cooker, you should use a cup and a half.
- Put the fresh green beans into the steamer basket insert and place it inside the instant pot cooker.
- Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to the sealing position. Use the high-pressure setting and set the time according to how you want the green beans cooked. If you want crisp, tender green beans, set the timer for one minute. Increase the time to two minutes if you want the green beans softer.
- When the beans are ready, the pot should beep. Do a quick release of the pressure before you take off the instant pot lid. Carefully remove the steamer basket with the green beans. Watch out for the steam!
- Sprinkle the green beans with salt and pepper to taste and then squeeze the lemon juice over the top. Toss the green beans to evenly coat before you serve. If you want, you can add butter for a little bit of sauce.
Softer green beans are good for use as part of a dish, but crisp-tender green beans work better as a side dish.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g