You can easily cook green beans and potatoes in the Instant Pot, making a tasty side dish quickly!
Instant Pot green beans and potatoes are a quick, easy, and delicious pressure cooker side dish!
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Ever since I was a kid, green beans have been one of my favorite side dishes. In fact, I used to eat them cold, straight out of the can.
But my real love for green beans grew out of our church potluck dinners, where southern-style comfort food dishes were abundant.
Of course, that always included southern green beans, often with potatoes!
Over the years, I’ve learned how to make southern style green beans in the pressure cooker using frozen green beans, as well as southern style fresh green beans in the Instant Pot, Instant Pot steamed green beans, and even doctored-up Instant Pot canned green beans (can you tell green beans are my favorite vegetable? ha!).
But sometimes readers ask if there’s a way to cook green beans with potatoes in the Instant Pot, and they need to know how to align the cook times.
So today, I’m sharing how make Instant Pot green beans and potatoes the easy way! It’s one of my favorite Instant Pot green bean recipes.
Tips for Cooking Green Beans with Potatoes in the Instant Pot
I am using canned green beans in this recipe, but you could also use fresh or frozen.
No matter which kind I’m using, I like to dress up green beans a bit.
To start, you can always add some bacon or leftover ham to your green beans–cooking these with the beans adds lots of flavor!
I sometimes like to add some diced onions to my green beans for more flavor, but if you don’t like pieces of onions, you can use onion powder instead.
You can also add salt and pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt, etc.
The great thing about using the Instant Pot is that the flavors all meld together much quicker than if you were cooking on the stove top. So it will taste like these green beans have simmered all day!
These are an easy Thanksgiving Instant Pot recipe or Easter Instant Pot recipe, or to serve on a busy weekday alongside some creamy Instant Pot chicken and rice or pressure cooker chicken and dumplings!
How Long Should I Cook Green Beans in a Pressure Cooker?
The cook time for green beans in the pressure cooker typically depends on a couple of things: what kind of green beans you’re using (fresh, frozen, or canned), and how soft you like the beans.
But in this case, since we’re cooking green beans AND potatoes, we have to make sure the potatoes don’t cook too long and get mushy.
So for this recipe of Instant Pot green beans with potatoes, I choose the cook time based on what the potatoes need, which means I use a cook time of just 3 minutes.
How to Make Southern Style Instant Pot Canned Green Beans with Potatoes
It’s really easy to make delicious potatoes and green beans!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Canned green beans
- Red potatoes
- Onions (or onion powder)
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Bacon or ham, if desired
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Combine ingredients. First, you’ll dump the canned green beans into the insert pot of the Instant Pot.
Add in any ham or bacon, onions, and seasonings, giving everything a good stir to combine.
Add potatoes. Add some cut potatoes on top of the green beans. They’ll stay here while they steam under pressure.
Pressure cook. Next, you’ll pressure cook at high pressure for 3 minutes.
Pressure release. Last, you’ll perform a quick release after the cook time is complete.
Adjust seasonings to taste and serve!
More Quick and Easy Instant Pot Side Dishes:
- Instant Pot Au Gratin Potatoes
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Instant Pot Ricearoni
- Instant Pot Macaroni Salad
- Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes
Notes and Adaptations:
- Feel free to tweak the seasonings according to taste. For instance, some people prefer their green beans to be saltier, others don’t. Some like onions, some don’t. This is a general starting point, then make it your own from there! 🙂
- Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
- 28-oz can cut green beans
- 1/2 cup diced onion OR 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 medium-large red potatoes, cut into 1" pieces
- sliced/chopped bacon or ham (optional)
- 1 tsp butter (optional)
- In the insert pot of the Instant Pot, combine green beans, onions or onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Add ham/bacon if using, as well as butter.
- Place potato pieces on top of the green beans. Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position.
- Select a cook time of 3 minutes at high pressure, using the Manual/Pressure Cook button.
- When the cook time is complete, perform a quick release of pressure.
- After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid and adjust seasonings to taste.
- This recipe can be very flexible, depending on your personal
tastes and preferences. For instance, some people don't like onions, but others do. Some prefer saltier green beans and others don't. Use these measurements as a starting point. If you are including ham or bacon, remember that will add some saltiness, so you may want to decrease the amount of added salt (or omit added salt all together).
- Feel free to double the recipe if you need more servings.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 784mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 8gSugar: 10gProtein: 17g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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