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white bowl with hole for handle full of green beans and bacon on checkered wooden cutting board
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Instant Pot Fresh Green Beans with Bacon

Instant Pot Fresh Green Beans with Bacon cooks in 6 minutes and tastes like Grandma used to make them down South.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, fresh green beans, Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Natural release 10 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 85kcal
Author Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost 6


  • instant pot


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or omit garlic powder and use garlic salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Stack the bacon slices on top of each other on a cutting board and cut crosswise in to narrow pieces.
  • Cook the bacon in the Instant Pot insert pan on the Saute mode for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp. I cook mine on the LOW or MEDIUM setting of Saute.
  • Meanwhile, wash the green beans and remove any bad spots on the beans.
  • Cut or snap off the ends of the beans where they were attached to the plant. Trimming the pointed end off is optional. I choose to leave it on because it's less work and more fiber! Cut the beans into 1- to 2-inch pieces or leave them whole, if you like.
  • Drain the bacon drippings from the insert pot or leave 1 tablespoon of drippings in the pot, depending on your preference. The bacon will continue to release some fat while cooking. I like to leave in 1 tablespoon and reserve any remaining drippings in the fridge for other uses.
  • Add the beans, broth, salt, pepper and garlic powder to the bacon in the pan. Make sure the sealing ring is inserted in the lid. Place the lid on the pot and turn the pressure valve to sealing (not venting) if your Instant Pot doesn't have it on sealing automatically.
  • Pressure Cook on HIGH for 6 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes to come up to pressure, cook the 6 minutes, then let it Natural Release 10 minutes. Quick release by pushing the pressure valve to venting or on some models pressing the valve down. Caution: Be careful and do not get your face close to the release valve. If you have cabinets over your counters, you might want to hold a kitchen towel over the back half of the Instant Pot to divert the steam from hitting the bottom of your cabinets.


Note: If you like your green beans on the softer side, cook them 7 to 8 minutes or let them Natural Release the whole time and not just 10 minutes.


Calories: 85kcal