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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!
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 :)
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 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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
- 1 lb green beans
- ½ 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.