Black beans are a type of bean that has a great taste and many health benefits. If you’re looking for the best way to cook this type of bean, you are in the right place. Because in this article, I will instruct you on how to cook black beans from scratch in 2 different ways
1. FAQs When Cooking Black Beans
Do Black Beans have to be soaked Before Cooking?
If you don’t soak, you can still cook black beans, but it will take a long time. So, soaking it overnight before cooking is still a perfect option.
Long Soak: requires 8-24 hours of soaking black beans in cold water & salt! To soak 1 cup of dried black beans, you’ll need 8 cups of water and 1.5 Tbsp salt.
Quick Soak requires 1-1.5 hours of soaking black beans in salted hot water! Add a cup of beans to a pot, fill it with water (2 inches above the seeds), & add salt (1 tsp). Bring the water to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off the Stove, cover the pot, and leave it aside to soak for 1-1.5 hours.
What is the Fastest way to cook Black Beans?
The fastest way to cook black beans is to use a Pressure Cooker for cooking them. Because you won’t have to waste time soaking and cooking time is only about 40 minutes (Detailed instructions are at the end of the article). However, in my opinion, cooking black beans on the stove still feels better when eaten.
2. How to Cook Black Beans on the Stove
- 1 cup of dry black beans (200 grams) (quick-soaked)
- 4 cups of filtered water (or vegetable stock)
- 1 tsp salt
Step 1: First, you should pick through your black beans by removing all the debris, tiny rocks, or harmful particles. Transfer to a sieve and rinse thoroughly under running cold water. Then, follow the quick-soak method, as mentioned above.
Step 2: After soaking time over, drain the beans and rinse gently.
Step 3: Transfer the soaked black beans to a pot. Pour the water/stock and season with salt. (*Here, you can also add peeled whole onions, garlic cloves, spice seasoning & preferred sauces for additional flavor)
Step 4: Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat. As soon as the water starts simmering, adjust the temperature to low, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 1 hour until the black beans softened. (If you use black beans that are too old and live in an area with hard water, the cooking time will need more). Finally, turn off the stove, drain the excess liquid, and serve warm!
Tips: You should regularly check the amount of water in the pot to make sure the black beans are covered at all times and stir so that black beans don’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
3. How to Cook Black Beans in Instant Pot
- 1 pound dry black beans (no need to soak before cooking)
- 8 cups of water (or broth)
- One teaspoon salt and a little onion
Step 1: First, add 1 pound of dry black beans (no need to soak before cooking), 8 cups of water (or broth), salt, and onion to the instant pot.
Step 2: Cook them at high pressure for 40 minutes, then let the steam pressure escape to nature for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Finally, open the lid, and remove excess water and onion. Serve or make other black bean recipes.
4. How To Use Cooked Black Beans
Black beans are a type of legume that is often used in Cuban and Mexican cuisine. There are many other ways to use cooked black beans as well. They can be added to salads, rice dishes, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.
One popular way to use cooked black beans is to make black bean soup. This soup is typically made with a combination of black beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices. It can be served with rice or tortilla chips on the side.
Another popular dish that uses cooked black beans is black bean enchiladas. This dish consists of tortillas filled with a mixture of black beans, cheese, and spices, and then covered in a sauce made from chili peppers and tomatoes. Black bean enchiladas are typically served with sour cream on the side.
5. How To Store Leftover Black Beans
Place the black beans in an airtight container then put it in the fridge. Your black beans can keep up to 4 days
If you plan on storing the black beans for more than that, you can freeze them in an airtight container and your black beans can keep up to 2 months
When reheating frozen or refrigerated black beans, be sure to cook them thoroughly before eating.
Now, you know how to cook black beans on the Stove & in Instant Pot. After reading this article, we hope you will have a delicious bowl of black beans to enjoy at home. Good Luck
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