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Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

This Instant Pot Southern Green Beans Recipe turns garden fresh green beans into a tender, smokey, bacon-flavored side dish in just minutes. This southern side adds flavor to any meal.

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Instant Pot Southern Green Beans in serving bowl.

Quick Cooking Time

Usually you need close to an hour of simmering to get that mouth-watering southern green bean flavor. But not with the Instant Pot. These Instant Pot Green Beans only take 7 minutes!

Cooked Green Beans in Instant Pot.

I love the convenience of being able to saute and pressure cook right in the Instant Pot. And you just can’t beat how quickly you can get supper on the table using one.

As a bonus, for all you low carbers, these Instant Pot Southern Green Beans are low carb and keto-friendly.

southern grren beans cooked in pressure cooker

Ingredients Used For Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

To make these pressure cooked southern green beans I use bacon, onion, chicken broth, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and butter. It’s not a ton of ingredients but so much flavor gets infused into these green beans.

Equipment Needed

You will need a pressure cooker for this recipe. I use an Instant Pot 6-Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

Tips For Making Instant Pot Green Beans

  • When sauteing in the Instant Pot, be sure to let the pot get hot before adding the bacon. This will help prevent sticking.
  • I like my southern green beans to be very tender. If you want your green beans to still be a little crisp, only pressure cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • I like to cut the green beans, especially the larger ones in half so they are easier to eat.
Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

This Instant Pot Southern Green Beans Recipe turns garden fresh green beans into a tender, smokey, bacon-flavored side dish in just minutes. This southern side adds flavor to any meal.

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 7 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 5

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE mode. When hot, coat inner pot with cooking spray and add bacon. Cook until bacon is crisp.
  • Add onion and cook 1 more minute.
  • Hit “Cancel” and add chicken broth. Scrape up any browned bits on the bottom.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Place lid on Instant Pot and set to Pressure Cook for 7 minutes. Let pot do a Natural Release for 10 minutes. Then open valve to let out any remaining pressure. Remove the lid when the pin drops.

Notes

Cooking time does not include the time it takes for the pressure cooker to pressurize. This can take about 10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: instant pot

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Originally published June 5, 2019.

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105 thoughts on “Instant Pot Southern Green Beans”

  1. Best green bean recipe! Always a hit for the holidays or just an easy weeknight side! Thank you:)

  2. Alicia Long

    My family loved this recipe so I will be making it often. We love most recipes in in the instant pot. Quick & easy!

  3. I prefer my green beans to have a little crunch. The end result of this recipe was extremely limp beans (mushy might be an appropriate adjective). For this reason, I did not care for the recipe and will not make again. In fairness, I should have guessed that putting them in an insta pot would do that. Regardless, I won’t ever make green beans this way again.

    1. She did say to only cook 2-3 minutes if you wanted a snap left in your beans. Can’t blame the recipe for chef error. And I always allow that my first pass with a recipe is not going to be my best. Give it another try now that you know not to cook as long. You can also quick release the pressure to further reduce the cooking time if needed.

  4. Robyn Smith

    Excellent! I probably hold off for one minute on the pressure cooking because they were a little bit softer than I wanted but they were tasty!

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