Cast-iron skillet full of instant pot baked beans
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Instant Pot Baked Beans

This recipe for instant pot beans can be made in less than a couple of hour and there's no pre-soaking necessary!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Optional Baking Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Baked Beans, Instant Pot Beans
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 230kcal
Cost: $5



  • 12 oz great northern beans dry and rinsed
  • 32 oz low-sodium beef broth may use chicken or vegetable broth as well
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion large, coarse dice
  • 4 oz prosciutto fried, chopped (or bacon)
  • 2 tbsp ginger fresh, peeled, fine chop
  • 4 cloves garlic fresh, peeled, fine chop
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 18 oz barbecue sauce


  • Rinse the beans and place in the Instant Pot along with 1 32 oz box of broth. Pressure cook on high for 60 minutes and allow a natural release (NR) of at least 15 minutes.
  • While the instant pot beans are pressure cooking, prepare the other ingredients.
  • Coarsely dice and sauté your onion in some olive oil, using a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, until the onion is soft and translucent . Remove the onion and set aside. Fry the prosciutto or bacon till crisp, over medium heat then drain and chop coarsely. If you want to finish your instant pot baked beans in the oven, preheat the oven to 400°.
  • When the bean are done, use a rubber spatula and gently stir them in any remaining broth. Add your sautéed onion, the chopped prosciutto or bacon the garlic, ginger, barbecue sauce and maple syrup. Mix it all gently with a rubber spatula and then transfer back to the iron skillet. You can eat them now, or for a traditional baked bean, go to the next step.
  • Place skillet in oven at 400° F for two hours. At this point you can cover the skillet with foil and reduce the oven temp to 175° (or lowest setting) to keep warm, or serve them.


If you finish these instant pot baked beans in the oven, check them every 30 minutes or so to make sure they are not too dry. If they start to look parched, add a little more broth (or water) to them.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg