Red Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Lee Thayer


I use a lot of dry beans as canned is just expensive compared to what you get. 500 grams (1 lb) of dry beans cooked, makes a lot of canned beans for sure. And dry beans are so cheap. I use a 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) 12 psi (80 kPa) stove top pressure cooker (old style but very reliable). The time here will work as written for an electric pressure cooker as they typically run 11-12 psi. Follow your pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.


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6 Hr
8 Min
Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot


How to Make Red Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)


  1. Rinse the kidney beans and remove any bad ones and any debris, place in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and stir that in. Cover the bowl and let that sit for at least 6 hours. (These look a bit wrinkly, as I took the photo about an hour after I put them in the water.)
  2. After at least 6 hours, drain and rinse the beans and place in your pressure cooker. Add 9 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, this keeps the beans from foaming so do not skip the oil.
  3. Place the lid on the pot, add the weight, and bring the heat up to high. When the jiggler starts moving and releasing pressure, start timing this for 8 minutes, and turn the heat down to just maintain the jiggler moving and releasing pressure.
  4. The time to cook these is 8 minutes. At 8 minutes, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure. When the pressure is released, open the lid, use beans as needed in other recipes.
  5. Drained and ready for use in a recipe. (I made a pot of chili with these.)

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About Red Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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