Instant Pot Lima Beans

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Lima beans contain tons of beneficial nutrients, including iron. You can get up to one-quarter of the daily recommended amount of iron just by eating 1 cup of lima beans. It also provides almost 12 grams of plant-based protein, making it a great source of protein for vegans. However, lima beans can take forever to cook. You can speed up the cooking process by making Instant Pot Lima Beans. It takes about 40 minutes to cook the lima beans. These homemade lima beans are filled with aromatic garlic, shallots, bell peppers, and spices like smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander. To make it a meal, serve it with Instant Pot Brown Rice and Vegan Kale Caesar Salad.

How long does it take to cook raw beans in an Instant Pot?

It takes 30 minutes to cook unsoaked beans and 15 minutes to cook soaked beans in an Instant Pot.   

Do dry beans need to be soaked for Instant Pot?

The beans will cook quickly, so there's no need to soak beans before cooking them in an Instant Pot. Also, the beans will not split apart as much if they aren't washed.  

Can I add baking soda to beans while cooking?

Yes, you can add one teaspoon of baking powder to the water for every cup of dry beans you are cooking. However, since the beans are being cooked in the instant pot, they will cook relatively fast. Therefore, you may not need to add baking soda to the beans.   

What to do if you forgot to soak beans overnight?

If you forget to soak beans overnight, place them into a pot and add enough cold water to cover them. Place the beans over high heat and let them come to a boil. Cook the beans for 5 minutes, remove them from the heat, and let them soak covered for 1 hour. Drain the beans and cook them according to the recipe instructions.   
Author: Sarah Leadon
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
41 mins
Total Time
56 mins
4 persons



Place olive oil into the Instant Pot and select the sauté function.   
Prepare instant pot for sautéing
Add shallots, celery, and red bell pepper, and cook for 2–3 minutes until soft.   
Sautéing shallots, celery and bell pepper
Add garlic, thyme, dill, smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.   
Mixing in garlic, dill, paprika, cumin and coriander
Add tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.   
Mixing in tomato paste
Add lima beans, salt, black pepper, and vegetable broth.   
Mixing lima beans, salt, pepper and broth.
Select cancel and place the lid on top of the Instant Pot.   
Placing instant pot cover
Turn the vent to sealing and select the manual setting. Cook lima beans for 25 minutes.   
Cooking the Instant Pot Lima Beans
Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes before removing the lid from the instant pot.   
Cooling down the instant pot
Select the sauté function and cook lima beans for 5–10 minutes until they reach your desired thickness. 
Cooking for another 10 minutes

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