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Perfect Black Beans

Perfect black beans- a basic, fool-proof recipe to cook your own black beans at home in the Instant Pot or on the stove top! Cooking your own black beans will save you money and tastes way better than canned.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Meal Prep
Keyword: black beans, instant pot, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 257kcal


  • 1 lb dry black beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • water (as indicated in instructions)


  • Pick through black beans and remove any stones.
  • Rinse under tap water.

Stove Top

  • Place rinsed beans in a pot and cover with 4-5 inches of water. Stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 bay leaf.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1.5-2 hours, or until beans are cooked to your liking. Add more water if beans become uncovered at any point.

Instant Pot

  • Place rinsed beans in the base of an Instant Pot. Add 4 cups of water, and stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 bay leaf.
  • Set the valve to 'sealing', then cook for 35 minutes at high pressure followed by a full natural pressure release (allow the Instant Pot to sit for approximately 25 min or until the valve drops).


To add more flavor:
  • add 1/2 an onion and 4 garlic cloves to the cooking liquid
  • try a squeeze of lime after cooking
  • add 1 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1 teaspoon of ground coriander


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 1121mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3.8mg