How To Cook Black Beans In A Pressure Cooker


This is an article about how to cook black beans in a pressure cooker. It includes the black beans pressure cooker cooking time, some notes on pressure cooker safety, and some other tips.

For tips on how to cook black beans without a pressure cooker (my preferred method), see: How To Cook Black Beans.

Pressure Cookers Give Me The Heeby Jeebies

I thought I’d never right this article. Pressure cookers give me the heeby-jeebies. Do you know how many people end up in hospital because of pressure cookers?

I didn’t, until I wrote this article. But I had anecdotes from a hospital worker.

I checked for statistics, and I got this one from the National Fire Protection Association: in 2006, 1,260 people in the USA were reported to have entered hospital emergency rooms because of “pressure cookers and canners”. (Canners work in the same way as pressure cookers).


Okay. 1260 people is not so much. More people die each year from sexually transmitted diseases. But if given a choice between pressure cookers or sex, I know what I’m giving up.

How To Cook Black Beans In A Pressure Cooker

All that said. You came for an article about how to cook black beans in a pressure cooker and I’m going to give you one.

First – basic pressure cooker safety. Only use a good quality, new pressure cooker (avoid old ones from your granny’s basement or which you found in a garage sale). If there seems to be any defects or damage, check them and if unsure, don’t use the pressure cooker.

Avoid placing your black beans over the maximum fill line. Make sure the valves and pressure release nozzles are not blocked. Allow pressure to release before opening, and don’t force the pressure cooker to open when it doesn’t open easily.

Now — your black beans. I recommend soaking your black beans if you have the time or the foresight. This will greatly reduce the cooking time. Soak them overnight or for at least 4 hours.

When you add your black beans to the pressure cooker, add one teaspoon of oil to prevent the beans foaming too much and blocking the pressure nozzle. Add enough water to cover the beans – an inch above the level of the beans should be enough.

Lock your pressure cooker and cook the black beans on high pressure.

For the most energy economy, use the “natural release” pressure cooking method. This involves turning off the heat after a certain time and letting the pressure go down naturally as the pressure cooker cools. The black beans will continue to cook for some time afterwards without the need for a flame underneath, saving you on your gas (or electricity) bills.

Soaked black beans will only need 3-6 minutes (average 5 minutes) of cooking time with the natural release method.

If you want to use the quick release method (letting the pressure cooker vent steam to release pressure, so you can open the cooker soon) then soaked beans will take 5 to 9 minutes (average 7).

Unsoaked black beans will take about 25 minutes on a quick release. I can’t find figures for the natural release method, but I’m guessing 22 minutes would be enough.

A Pressure Cooker Exploding

To end this article, here is a Youtube video of a pressure cooker exploding. Not to discourage you or anything. (Action starts at around 20 seconds).

To be fair, with a good, modern pressure cooker this shouldn’t happen unless you try to force it open, like they did.

Still, I’m not getting one.