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Camellia Instant Pot Black Beans

The instant pot is a great way to cook beans, along with many other dishes. Cooking beans in the instant pot is really fast, healthier than canned beans and more flavorful.

You can serve these black beans over rice, use them in salads, to make hummus, and the list goes on!

Camellia Instant Pot Black Beans


  • 1 (1-lb.) bag Camellia Brand Black Beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups unsalted vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water


  1. Just as with the stovetop, there’s no need to soak beans before cooking them in the Instant Pot.
  2. As you’re preparing your ingredients, plug in the Instant Pot, and press the Sauté button. This will allow it to pre-heat, helping it to come to full pressure faster once you’ve selected Beans/Chili mode. After you’ve added your ingredients and locked the lid, press Off to end Sauté mode. Then, select Beans/Chili mode.
  3. If you prefer a slightly firmer bean texture, use the Manual mode and set the timer for anywhere from 25-27 minutes. Choosing the Beans/Chili mode cooks the beans for 30 minutes and is a no-brainer, but finding your perfect cooking time/texture is a personal preference that benefits from some experimenting.
  4. The general rule of thumb is 4 cups of liquid for every 1 cup of beans, but again, you can experiment for personal preference. As long as your beans are covered by at least 1 inch of liquid, you’re good.
  5. When cooking beans, never fill the Instant Pot more than halfway full. Beans and grains expand and need the space to do so.
  6. As noted in the recipe, it’s important to allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 20 minutes before turning the valve to venting.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Camellia Brand. Used with permission.

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