Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Elise’s recipe for Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans is fantastic. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time for the full version, it turns out that you can speed it up considerably by using an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot! (New to the Instant Pot? Check out our post How To Use an Instant Pot: A First-Timer’s Guide.)

Instead of taking eight hours to cook, I can make these pressure cooker baked beans in just over two hours!

  • Looking for the slow cooker version? Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Another bonus with this pressure cooker recipe is that you don’t have to soak the beans overnight. Instead, I par-cook (partially cook) them with just water before adding the rest of the ingredients. The par cooking step ensures that the beans will get soft and tender.

The rest of the recipe is so simple! Just be sure to let the pressure cooker go through a natural release instead of doing a quick release. Beans have a tendency to foam and sputter when the pressure is released too quickly, which can clog the release valve.

Tender beans, sweet molasses sauce, and lots of smoky bacon — this easy pressure cooker recipe make a perfect side dish with BBQ, meatloaf, or any other meaty main dishes.


  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced

Special equipment:

  • 6-quart electric pressure cooker

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