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    These healthy Instant Pot green beans are a great go-to side dish that’s ready to serve in minutes. Perfect to serve with all of your favorite mains and effortless to make.

    instant pot green beans served on a plate

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, and these Instant Pot green beans are a staple side dish in our house.

    Seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, they are a tasty last-minute side. They taste wonderfully fresh and are a yummy way to get some goodness onto your plate.

    If you love these, be sure to check out my Green Beans and Mushrooms and Green Beans Almondine.

    Why you will love this Instant Pot green beans recipe!

    • Quick: Cooking green beans in the pressure cooker only takes a couple of minutes, so they are a great option to serve up as part of a weeknight meal.
    • Healthy: Low in calories and carbs and rich in vitamins and minerals, they are a great addition to any well balanced diet.
    • Simple ingredients: There’s nothing complicated about this recipe, and you’ll have most of the ingredients to hand already.
    close up image of seasoned cooked green beans on a plate

    Ingredients for Instant Pot Green Beans

    • Fresh green beans: Green beans are a great source of vitamins A, C and K as well as folic acid and fiber.
    • Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic for the best flavor.
    • Salt and Pepper: Added to taste.
    • Oil: I like to use olive oil to toss the beans in. Avocado oil would also work well.
    • Optional add-ins: Sauteed onions, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon and a splash of lemon juice.
    ingredients for making green beans in the pressure cooker

    How to cook green beans in the Instant Pot

    • Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place steamer basket in the pot and add green beans to it.
    • Close the lid, turn the valve to sealing, and pressure cook for 2 minutes under high pressure. After the cooking time is over, carefully release the pressure by turning the knob to venting.
    • Open the lid, remove the green beans and place them in a bowl.
    • Add minced garlic to the green beans, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil and toss green beans to coat.
    process images of instant pot green beans

    What do you serve these pressure cooker green beans with?

    These pressure cooker green beans are great to serve with almost any main meal and protein, whether it’s a casserole, seafood, chicken, or steak. They make for a great addition to any occasion table if you are planning a large feast. Try them with:

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    These Instant Pot green beans are best served as soon as they are cooked so that they stay fresh and vibrant. You can certainly prep them ahead of time though and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.

    If you do have leftovers, keep them covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. They are best reheated on the stovetop, and you can also reheat them in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.

    seasoned pressure cooked green beans on a black plate

    When are green beans in season?

    Green beans are widely available all year round in grocery stores. Local farmer’s markets will carry them from April to October.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Trim the ends of the beans before adding them to the Instant Pot. The ends can be a bit twig-like.
    • Use your steaming basket when cooking the green beans so that they don’t burn. You could also use the trivet if you don’t have a basket.
    • Quick release the pressure when you are done cooking so that they are crisp-tender and they don’t overcook.
    • Optional add-ins include sauteed onions, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, cooked and crumbled bacon and a splash of lemon juice.
    close up image of cooked green beans with seasonings served on a plate

    More Side Dishes

    If you liked this Instant Pot green beans recipe, I am sure you will also like these vegetable sides:

    Instant Pot Green Beans

    These healthy Instant Pot green beans are a great go to side dish that's ready to serve in minutes. Perfect to serve with all of your favorite mains and effortless to make.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 2 minutes
    Total Time 7 minutes
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 192kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Pour 1 cup water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place trivet in the pot and add green beans on top.
    • Close the lid, turn the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 2 minutes. After the cook time is over, carefully release the pressure.
    • Open the lid, remove the green beans using tongs and place them in a bowl.
    • Add minced garlic to the green beans, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil and toss green beans to coat.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Trim the ends of the beans before adding them to the Instant Pot. The ends can be a bit twig-like.
    • Use your trivet when cooking the beans so that they don’t burn.
    • Quick release the pressure when you are done cooking so that they don’t overcook.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 783IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword green bean side dish, healthy green bean recipe, pressure cooker green beans
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