Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans Recipe

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These Instant Pot steamed green beans are so easy to make, healthy and delicious! No need for a steamer rack, and no dealing with a pot of water on the stove!

Instant Pot Green Beans

I love steaming vegetables in my Instant Pot!  It’s so much quicker and easier than doing it on the stove! Not having to deal with a boiling pot of water is priceless :)

Instant Pot Green Beans

My process evolved from initially learning how to steam green beans on the stove, to figuring out how to cook green beans in the microwave and loving this shortcut.  The latest technique I use is cooking the green beans in the Instant Pot pressure cooker!

How To Make Steamed Green Beans In The Instant Pot

How To Cook Green Beans In The Instant Pot

The process for Instant Pot steamed green beans is exactly the same as for Instant Pot steamed broccoli.  Put half a cup of water in the Instant Pot along with the green beans, press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time to ZERO minutes.

Perfect Steamed Green Beans In The Instant Pot

The green beans will be perfectly cooked during the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure! Once it comes to pressure, the timer will beep since it’s set to zero.  Open the lid immediately, drain the green beans and wash them under cold running water to stop the cooking process.

Pressure Cooker Green Beans Recipe

Notice how I don’t use the steaming rack for green beans, I just dump them directly in the Instant Pot along with the water. This is because the steaming rack or basket is optional :)  If you have the Instant Pot steamer basket insert, you can place the green beans in the steamer basket.  The advantage of having that basket is that you can just lift it out of the Instant pot when the green beans are done cooking, and rinse the cooked green beans until cold running water directly in it (no need to drain the green beans and no need for a separate colander).  Without the steamer basket, just use the colander to drain and rinse the green beans the old fashioned way :)

Easy Instant Pot Green Beans

If you like Instant Pot steamed green beans, you will also like these easy recipes:

Italian Green Beans Salad – use the green beans that you just cooked to make this amazing salad!

Salad with green beans tomatoes and feta cheese

Salmon And Green Beans In Foil – unwrap the foil packet and have a complete healthy meal!

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo – authentic Filipino chicken adobo is made easy by cooking it in Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Korean Sauna Eggs – the eggs turn brown, soft and taste roasted! This is an awesome healthy snack!

Instant Pot Spicy Garlic Eggplant – this eggplant is so addictive and super easy to make in the Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans Recipe

Instant Pot green beans are perfectly steamed, bright green and crunchy! So quick and easy to make, Instant Pot is a perfect tool for cooking green beans!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Put water and green beans in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and turn the valve to Sealing position.
  • Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the cooking time to ZERO minutes.
  • Instant Pot will take several minutes to come to pressure, that's when the green beans are actually getting steamed.
  • When the timer beeps, do the Quick Release of the steam, open the Instant Pot, drain the green beans and rinse them in a colander until cold running water.
  • Sprinkle the steamed green beans with salt and pepper to taste.


You can use any quantity of green beans, the amount of water always stays the same at 1/2 cup and the cooking time is always zero.
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  1. Hi – I’m curious why you rinse the green beans under cold water after cooking them. Are they going to be used for a salad so you’d prefer them colder? Also, IP states to use at least 1.5 cups of water in the IP Duo Evo Plus 6 quart. You haven’t found 1/2 a cup to be too little? Maybe they’re erring on the cautious side because of the wide variety of foods people will be cooking.

    1. I rinse them to stop the cooking process, so the green beans don’t get mushy. This step is optional. My IP Duo Plus does fine with 1/2 cup of water, but you can use more water if you’d like.

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