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Instant Pot Great Northern Beans Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot Great Northern Beans recipe is my go-to for a hearty, home-cooked meal. It's simple, flavorful, and the beans come out perfectly tender every time. A real crowd-pleaser!

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Folks often ask me about my favorite comfort food, and without hesitation, I always answer: Great Northern beans cooked in an Instant Pot. Yes, you heard that right. Easy to prepare yet incredibly hearty, these beans fill your home with mouth-watering aroma. Imagine biting into tender beans bursting with flavors from garlic, onion, and bay leaf. One taste and you're instantly reminded of warm, home-cooked meals that mom used to make. This recipe is my little magic trick, an ace up my sleeve, perfect for busy evenings when I want to whip something up that's nutritious and satisfying. Give it a whirl, you won't regret it.

Ingredients for Delicious Great Northern Beans in the Instant Pot

  • Great northern beans: Creamy texture and mild flavor make them perfect for soups and stews, packed with protein and fiber.
  • Onion: Adds depth and sweetness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the beans. Adds aromatic complexity.
  • Garlic: Infuses a savory, aromatic flavor into the beans, elevating the taste and adding a subtle kick to the dish.
  • Bay leaf: Imparts a subtle earthy flavor and aroma to the beans, enhancing the overall depth of the dish.

Essential Tools for Cooking Great Northern Beans

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the great northern beans quickly and efficiently.
  • Knife: Needed for chopping the onion and mincing the garlic for flavoring the beans.

Instant Pot Great Northern Beans Recipe

This Instant Pot Great Northern Beans recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a nutritious and delicious meal. Perfect for a hearty side dish or a main course.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Rinse the Great Northern beans under cold water and drain.
  • Place the beans in the Instant Pot and add water, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid carefully and stir the beans. Remove the bay leaf before serving.


For a richer flavor, consider adding a ham hock or smoked sausage to the beans while cooking.


Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 15gFat: 1gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 12gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Beans, Great Northern Beans, Instant Pot
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Prep and Storage Tips for Great Northern Beans

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the great northern beans as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the beans to cool completely.
  • Store the beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Once the beans have cooled, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Great northern beans are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them a nutritious addition to your diet.

Common Questions About Cooking Great Northern Beans in the Instant Pot

Can I use canned great northern beans instead of dried beans?
Yes, you can use canned great northern beans for this recipe. Just reduce the cooking time in the instant pot to about 5-10 minutes.
How can I add more flavor to the beans?
You can add smoked ham hock, bacon, or even some smoked paprika for extra flavor.
Can I freeze the cooked beans?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked beans in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Do I need to soak the dried beans before cooking?
No, you do not need to soak the dried beans before cooking them in the instant pot.
How can I thicken the bean broth?
To thicken the bean broth, you can use an immersion blender to blend some of the beans, or simply let it simmer uncovered for a bit longer.

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