Instant Pot White Beans (Great Northern, Fast, No Soaking!)

Jump to Recipe

With an Instant Pot and less than 1 hour, you can make perfectly cooked Great Northern white beans every time! Let us show you how.

Instant Pot White Beans

The Instant Pot is our preferred method for cooking Great Northern (white) beans because it’s quick & easy (no soaking required!) and yields perfectly tender beans!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ratio = 1 part Great Northern (white) beans : 3 ½ parts water
  • Cook Time = 30-32 minutes
  • Release = 15 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

They go well in stews, soups, white chili, and salads, or as a sub for some of the cashews in vegan alfredo sauce

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Instant Pot White Beans (Great Northern, Fast, No Soaking!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT white beans in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and 1 pot required!
Author Minimalist Baker
4 from 6 votes
Prep Time 23minutes
Cook Time 32minutes
Total Time 55minutes
Servings 4(3/4-cup servings)
Course Helpful How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


  • 1cupwhite beans(Great Northern // see notes for cannellini or white kidney beans)
  • 3 ½cupswater(or vegetable broth for more flavor)


  • Add white beans and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 30-32 minutes (30 minutes for more firm, 32 for more tender // it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped and strain off any excess cooking liquid.
  • Enjoy immediately in stews, soups, white chili, or salads, or as a sub for some of the cashews in vegan alfredo sauce. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop, adding a little water, as needed, to prevent sticking.


*If using cannellini (white kidney) beans, we suggest soaking them for 6-8 hours, draining the water, and adding the soaked beans to the Instant Pot with ~3 cups (710 ml) fresh water. Then pressure cook on high for 5-7 minutes (5 for more firm beans, 7 for more buttery) and natural release for 15 minutes as specified in instruction 2.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1three-quarter-cup servingCalories: 185Carbohydrates: 33.3gProtein: 12.9gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 745mgFiber: 8.4gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 119.48mgIron: 4.91mg

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment & Rating! Cancel reply

  1. Paulasays

    Made these with beef rib meat and cajun spice (It’s Carnival time here in the south) and they cam out great! We added garlic peppers and carrots. Thanks for these recipes!!!

    PC in Houston

  2. Dianasays

    Super easy. Just followed the recipe and it worked well. I was putting my beans in the crockpot for a chili after there were cooked by this method, so I only cooked them for 30 minutes. Relatively fresh package of beans, didn’t pre-soak, added veggie bullion to the water. Came out perfectly.

  3. Morgansays

    Made this according to the recipe – plus soaking a few hours ahead of time as my beans were older (following instructions in the comments).

    My beans came out so mushy they had no texture at all. I’ve had very little success using MB Instant Pot bean recipes which is strange because all of the baking recipes are great! Heads up for my fellow MB lovers that this one is off.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Morgan, sorry that happened! This recipe doesn’t require soaking. So if you soaked them, they will cook in much less time.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Oh no! So sorry this happened, Nicole. Is it possible your instant pot wasn’t set to high pressure? We’re here to help trouble-shoot if you tell us more about your experience. Thanks for sharing!

        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Hi Nicole, in our experience, that can mean one of two things: 1) some of the beans are old, or 2) the water wasn’t covering them fully. If the beans are old, soaking can help. Hope that’s helpful!

      • Hannonsays

        I had a similar result last night!? My pressure cooker was set to high pressure cook for 30 minutes and the result were still hard beans and a lot of water?

        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Hi Hannon, sorry to hear that! Having water leftover is normal and you can drain it out. With less water, the beans at the top cook unevenly. As for the beans being hard, is it possible they are old or you have hard water? We’d suggest increasing the cook time by 5-10 minutes to see if that helps!

  4. Suzansays

    I’m wondering if a double recipe will work in the InstaPot. With 7 cups of water and 2 cups of beans would the cooking time need to be increased?
    Thank you, Suzan

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Suzan, if you have a 6-quart or larger Instant Pot, that should be fine! Just make sure not to fill past the 1/2 line (which for a 6-quart is about 12 cups). There’s no need to increase the cook time, it will just take longer to pressurize and to release pressure. Hope that helps!

      • Nikkisays

        Followed the recipe exactly and the beans came out perfectly! I used organic veggie broth – no salt added, and it gave the beans a little extra flavor. These beans turned out way better than canned beans (and a lot less sodium too). Would highly recommend!

  5. Barbarasays

    Thankyou so much. I’ve never cooked my beans yet in the pressure cooker. Only meats so far. I so needed a guide . I’m from SE Louisiana and we just went through Hurricane Ida. Cooking everything on the grill, Still without power, so I’m tryin my hand at this.😁 I will be adding my sausage and trinity (onions, bell pepper, celery ) what we call it in the south.and Cajun them up a bit. So Thankyou so much. I will let y’all know how they turned out.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Love to hear this! Those modifications sound delicious, too! We’re so glad that this recipe may be of use to you during a difficult time, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the beans!

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Tracey, we haven’t experimented with making them in a slow cooker, so we’re not sure! Perhaps 4-6 hours on low?