When it comes to cooking lima beans, the Instant Pot offers a quick and hassle-free method that delivers tender and flavorful results. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook lima beans in an Instant Pot properly, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

1. How To Cook Lima Beans in Instant Pot


  • 2 cups dried lima beans
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: additional seasonings or herbs of your choice


Rinse and Soak the Lima Beans

Start by rinsing the lima beans under cold water to remove any debris or impurities.

Transfer the rinsed beans to a bowl and cover them with enough water to submerge them completely.

Soak the lima beans for 6-8 hours or overnight. This step helps soften the beans and reduce cooking time. Alternatively, you can use the quick soak method (see tips below).

After soaking, drain the lima beans and rinse them thoroughly under cold water.

Add Lima Beans to the Instant Pot

Place the rinsed lima beans in the Instant Pot insert. Then add 4 cups of water or vegetable broth to the Instant Pot, ensuring the beans are fully submerged.

Add salt to the pot and any desired additional seasonings or herbs for added flavor.

Pressure Cook the Lima Beans

Securely lock the Instant Pot lid in place and set the pressure release valve to the sealing position.

Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” mode on the Instant Pot and set the cooking time to 10-12 minutes.

The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure before the cooking time starts counting down.

Natural Release and Open the Instant Pot

Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 10-15 minutes.

After the natural release, carefully switch the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining steam.

When the float valve drops, indicating that the pressure has fully released, it is safe to open the Instant Pot.

Serve and Enjoy

Gently stir the cooked lima beans and taste for seasoning adjustments.

Drain any excess liquid if desired or keep some of the liquid for a creamy consistency.

Serve the cooked lima beans as a side dish, add them to soups or stews, or incorporate them into various recipes.

Tips for Cooking Lima Beans in an Instant Pot

  • Quick Soak Method

If you’re short on time, you can use the quick soak method. Place the rinsed lima beans in the Instant Pot with enough water to cover them. Set the Instant Pot to “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” mode and cook for 2 minutes. Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before draining and rinsing.

  • Seasoning Variations

Customize the flavor of your lima beans by adding herbs or spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, or bay leaves. Experiment with different combinations to suit your taste preferences.

  • Adjust Cooking Time

Cooking times may vary depending on the size and freshness of the lima beans. If your beans are older or have been stored for a long time, they may require a slightly longer cooking time.

  • Precautions for Foaming

Lima beans can sometimes cause foaming during cooking. To minimize this, ensure that the Instant Pot is not filled more than halfway and add a tablespoon of oil or fat to the cooking liquid.

With the Instant Pot, cooking lima beans has never been easier. By following the simple recipe outlined above, you can achieve perfectly tender and flavorful lima beans in a fraction of the time it takes using traditional stovetop methods. The Instant Pot’s pressure cooking feature locks in the beans’ natural flavors and nutrients while reducing the overall cooking time.

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