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Instant Pot Baked Beans

Homemade baked beans made from dried beans using the quick soak method in the Instant Pot and then pressure cooked with bacon, onions in a thick sweet sauce.


  • 2 1/4 cups dried Navy or White Northern Beans approximately 1 lb.
  • 2 tsps kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dry ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste


Quick Soak Beans

  • Rinse and sort beans, removing any debris.
  • Add the beans to the pot, then add the water. Remove any beans that float.
  • Add the salt, baking soda, and olive oil and stir.
  • Add the Lid and set the pressure release valve to the Sealing position. Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH for 1 minute.
  • Once cooking time has completed, allow the pot to do a full Natural Pressure Release "NPR". This will take approximately 35-45 minutes.
  • Once the NPR has completed and the pin has dropped, open the pot.
  • Drain and rinse the cooked beans in a strainer, set aside.
  • Clean the pot of any debris on the sides or bottom.

Baked Beans

  • Select Sauté and wait for HOT to appear on the display screen.
  • Add bacon and onions and cook until bacon begins to render, scraping brown bits from bottom of cooking pot. Add 1/4 cup of stock and continue cooking until water has evaporated and onions are tender.
  • In a small bowl mix together the maple syrup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and black pepper.
  • Add the stock, beans, molasses, ketchup, and maple syrup mixture to the pot and stir.
  • Lock the lid and place the pressure valve in the Sealing position. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. When beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then carefully release the rest of the pressure.
  • Add the salt.
  • Select the Sauté or Browning function and simmer until desired consistency. Beans will continue to absorb liquid as they cool.


After cooking is complete: taste a couple of beans for tenderness and sweetness. Add more Molasses or brown sugar, if a sweeter taste is desired. If beans are still hard, cook for another 5-15 minutes.
*This recipe can also be done without the quick soaking of the beans, however the beans may have a variety of textures. Instructions for this method begin at the Baked Beans section and increase cook time to 70 minutes.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
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