Easy Instant Pot Green Beans are perfect for when you want a quick vegetable side! Dress them up with a pinch of crushed almonds for a simple yet delicious dish fancy enough for holiday gatherings yet easy enough for weeknight meals.

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Simple and easy instant pot green beans are always in season! You can serve them with a holiday meal when you need a green vegetable, or all summer long if your garden is producing an abundance of green beans.

I love making Southern Green Beans but there’s something super nice about preparing vegetables simply and letting their natural flavors shine. All you need to make these are garlic, onion, a little olive oil, vegetable broth or water, and of course, an Instant Pot!

instant pot with green beans sitting in broth.

Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe

During the holidays I’m in the kitchen more than ever, whipping up all sorts of festive dishes. I love to cook, but it does take a lot of time! As a result, I love to incorporate quick, delicious side dish recipes so I can spend longer on other things like preparing homemade pumpkin pie!

And these Instant Pot green beans are a family favorite I turn to again and again. It takes 1 minute or less to cook the beans, and they turn out perfectly crisp-tender every time! They’re great alongside all sorts of main dishes from simple spaghetti to roast beef to ham, and you can even throw a handful of leftover beans into your favorite salad for extra texture and even more nutrients.

File this recipe in your “make often” recipe binder! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.

ingredients to make instant pot green beans.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Green Beans

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Garlic – Garlic helps to add flavor to the green beans. For the best results, use whole, fresh cloves, and mince them yourself.
  • Yellow onion – You could also use shallots or a red onion.
  • Olive oil – I use extra virgin olive oil in this recipe!
  • Salt
  • Green beans
  • Vegetable broth – Or you can use water.
  • Almonds – Crushed or finely chopped almonds, to garnish.

Variations

  • Use chicken broth – For even more flavor, use chicken broth in place of vegetable broth or water.
  • Add ham – Serve the green beans with pieces of chopped ham for a smokey flavor and a bit of protein.
  • Stir in dried cranberries – I love to add a handful of dried cranberries to this dish!

How to Make Instant Pot Green Beans

  1. Sauté the aromatics: In a frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Then, stir in the garlic and the salt. Cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the green beans: Wash and trim the green beans.
  3. Add the broth to the Instant Pot: For a 6-quart Instant Pot, pour 1 cup of broth or water into the inner pot. For an 8-quart Instant Pot, pour 1 ½ cups of broth or water into the inner pot.
  4. Add the green beans: Place a steamer basket in the inner pot of the Instant Pot, and add the green beans to the steamer basket.
  5. Adjust the Instant Pot: Close the lid, and check that the venting knob is sealed.
  6. Cook: For crisper green beans, set the cooking time to 0 minutes on high pressure. For softer green beans, set the cooking time to 1 minute on high pressure.
  7. Vent: After the cooking time is finished, release the pressure. To do so, carefully switch the venting knob to the venting position, watching out for the release of the steam.
  8. Finish the dish: Remove the green beans from the Instant Pot, stir in the onion and garlic mixture, garnish with almonds, and serve.
top down image of a white decorative oval plate with a pile of instant pot green beans topped with crushed almonds and red pepper flakes.

Quick Tip

Use fresh green beans for the best results. When you bring your green beans home from the store make sure to discard any beans that look wilted or brown!

How to Store Instant Pot Green Beans

Place leftover Instant Pot green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the green beans in a microwave-safe dish, and heat in 30-second intervals until hot. Or you can warm leftovers on the stove. To do so, transfer the green beans in a skillet and warm them over medium-high heat until hot.

Serving Suggestions

Instant Pot green beans are a wonderful and simple side dish that goes well with so many options! Here are some of my favorite ways to serve this recipe:

FAQs

How to make green beans more flavorful?

You can cook your green beans in chicken or vegetable broth to give them more flavor.

What is the most flavorful green bean?

A flavorful variety of green beans is called Maxibel, but as long as your green beans are fresh they will give a good flavor.

Are string beans and green beans the same?

Yes, green beans and string beans are the same. Green beans used to have fibrous “strings” running down the length of the pod that had to be removed bean by bean, giving them the name “string beans.”

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Instant Pot green beans topped with almonds.

Instant Pot Green Beans

Easy Instant Pot Green Beans are perfect for when you want a quick vegetable side! Dress them up with a pinch of crushed almonds for a simple yet delicious dish fancy enough for holiday gatherings yet easy enough for weeknight meals.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients  

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth or water
  • Crushed almonds for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until softened, then stir in the garlic and the salt. Cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside.
    1 clove garlic, 1 small yellow onion, 3 Tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Wash and trim the green beans.
    1 pound green beans
  • For a 6-quart Instant Pot, pour 1 cup of broth or water into the inner pot. For an 8-quart Instant Pot, pour 1 ½ cups of broth or water into the inner pot.
    1- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth or water
  • Place a steamer basket in the inner pot of the Instant Pot and add the green beans to the steamer basket.
  • Close the lid and check that the venting knob is sealed.
  • For crisper green beans, set the cooking time to 0 minutes on high pressure. For softer green beans, set the cooking time to 1 minute on high pressure.
  • After the cooking time is finished, release the pressure. Carefully switch the venting knob to the venting position, watching out for the release of the steam.
  • Remove the green beans from the Instant Pot, stir in the onion and garlic mixture, garnish with almonds, and serve.
    Crushed almonds

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.002g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 0.1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 0.05IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on Today.com, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

Comments

  1. This looks Yummy! Did you add parmesan cheese & pepper flakes? I did not see it in the recipe But it looks like a good finish.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We added crushed almonds on top, but you could garnish with whatever you like! We hope you give it a try. 😊

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