Southern Green Beans (Instant Pot)

4 people
15 min


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These Southern Green Beans (Instant Pot) are the most flavorful green side dish. They are steamed in chicken broth and sauteed in bacon grease. Does it get any better? And of course they are loaded with crispy bacon and onions. So good and ready in less than 15 minutes!

Something I have discovered on my intuitive eating journey is how much I love vegetables, especially when they are super crunchy. Veggies can be so tasty if they are cooked and seasoned properly.


We eat green beans all of the time and I find myself always over cooking them when I steam them in the microwave. So I gave them a go in the Instant Pot and they cooked to perfection. Cooked through but not too mushy.


And of course growing up in the south bacon and onions are a must. They add so much flavor and you can also cook them in the Instant Pot making this a one pot side dish.


Highlights


  • One pot/Instant Pot side dish
  • Loaded with flavor from the garlic, onions, and bacon
  • Only 6 ingredients including salt
  • Perfect to pair with any protein
  • Great holiday side dish
  • Ready in less than 15 minutes


Ingredients

  • Chicken Broth: Swap for water.
  • White Onion: Substitute sweet or yellow onion.
  • Salt: I like a lot of salt so I add ½ of a teaspoon, but some find the bacon adds enough salt to the green beans and prefer less.


Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located on the .


Instructions

before you start . . .


  • Wash and trim the green beans. Or buy trimmed and washed green beans! This is my favorite hack that makes preparing vegetables so much faster. If you buy them untrimmed, be sure to wash them and remove the stems from each end. Barely cut off the end, not removing too much of the green bean.


Step 1: Place the steamer basket or rack/trivet into the Instant Pot. Add the green beans on top of it and pour in the chicken broth.


Step 2: Select Pressure Cook (manual) and High Pressure. Set to 0 minutes (or longer see notes). Once the pot has come to pressure and shuts off, quick release (valve switched to venting) immediately and remove the lid.

TIP - Use a rack or basket so the green beans do not get soggy.


Step 3: Remove the green beans and set aside. Select Sauté mode on the Instant Pot. Add the bacon and cook until it begins to brown, stirring frequently. Once it begins to brown, add the onion and sauté until translucent.


Step 4: Using a spoon, remove about 2-3 Tablespoons of the bacon grease. This will be almost all of it.

TIP - Keep an eye on the bacon and onion. It will cook quickly.


Step 5: Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Turn the pot off completely.


Step 6: While the pot is still warm, add the green beans in and toss well.

TIP - If the pot is too cold, turn on Sauté mode again to warm the green beans more.


Expert Tips & Recipe Notes


  • If you double this recipe, you do not need to double the chicken broth. The broth will still create enough steam to bring the pot to pressure and steam the green beans.
  • Use kitchen shears to cut the bacon. I love using my shears to dice the bacon. It is so much easier and faster than using a knife and cutting board.
  • Use fresh garlic. I do not recommend using jarred minced garlic. It does not have nearly as much flavor.
  • If you prefer your green beans softer, set the timer to 1-2 minutes. I prefer mine al dente so I set it to 0.
  • Release the pressure from the pot immediately. If you let the pot naturally release or leave the lid on after the timer has gone off, the green beans will over cook.
  • Don’t forget to remove some of the grease. After the onions and bacon have cooked, you want to remove most of the grease from the pot. The small remainder will be plenty to coat the green beans. You want the flavor from the bacon grease but you do not want the green beans to be oily.

FAQs

How do you store leftover green beans?Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can I make these without an Instant Pot?Yes. Be sure to steam the green beans in the microwave or the stove first. Then in a large skillet you can sauté the bacon, onions, and garlic in the same order as the instructions state. Toss the green beans in last.

Do you have to use a basket/rack?Without this, the green beans will be boiling in the liquid. It is best to use the rack/basket for steaming but you can still cook them without one. Just note, they will be soggier.

What can I add to green beans for flavor?Try adding garlic, bacon, onion/shallots, almonds, herbs/pesto, or cranberries. These all add nice flavor and texture.

Do you wash green beans before cooking?Yes. Wash all vegetables before cooking. There could be dirt or chemical residue still on them even if you buy them from the grocery store. You will also need to trim the ends of the green beans as well. Use a knife, kitchen shears, or your hands.

How long do you steam green beans in the instant pot?They take about 5 minutes because the pot has to come to pressure first. Cook on manual high pressure for 0-1 minutes. Quick release (valve switched to venting) immediately and remove the lid.

How much water do you put in an instant pot for vegetables?The 8 quart Instant Pot requires about 1 cup of liquid to come to pressure and steam the vegetables.


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Southern Green Beans (Instant Pot)

Recipe details

  • 4  people
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients


  • 12 ounces green beans trimmed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4-5 pieces bacon, diced
  • ½ cup diced white onion*
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, grated or minced finely
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt*

Instructions


Review all recipe notes and instructions before beginning.
Place the steamer basket or rack/trivet into the Instant Pot. Add the green beans on top of it and pour in the chicken broth.
Select Pressure Cook (manual) and High Pressure. Set to 0 minutes (or longer see notes). Once the pot has come to pressure and shuts off, quick release (valve switched to venting) immediately and remove the lid.
Remove the green beans and set aside. Select Sauté mode on the Instant Pot. Add the bacon and cook until it begins to brown, stirring frequently. Once it begins to brown, add the onion and sauté until translucent.
Using a spoon, remove about 2-3 Tablespoons of the bacon grease. This will be almost all of it.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Turn the pot off completely.
While the pot is still warm, add the green beans in and toss well.

Tips

  • Chicken Broth: Swap for water.
  • White Onion: Substitute sweet or yellow onion.
  • Salt: I like a lot of salt so I add ½ of a teaspoon, but some find the bacon adds enough salt to the green beans and prefer less.
  • If you double this recipe, you do not need to double the chicken broth. The broth will still create enough steam to bring the pot to pressure and steam the green beans.
  • Use kitchen shears to cut the bacon. I love using my shears to dice the bacon. It is so much easier and faster than using a knife and cutting board.
  • Use fresh garlic. I do not recommend using jarred minced garlic. It does not have nearly as much flavor.
  • If you prefer your green beans softer, set the timer to 1-2 minutes. I prefer mine al dente so I set it to 0.
  • Release the pressure from the pot immediately. If you let the pot naturally release or leave the lid on after the timer has gone off, the green beans will over cook.
  • Don’t forget to remove some of the grease. After the onions and bacon have cooked, you want to remove most of the grease from the pot. The small remainder will be plenty to coat the green beans. You want the flavor from the bacon grease but you do not want the green beans to be oily.
Brianna May
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