There are several reasons people still prefer to soak their beans even when they own an instant pot. Some people who don’t tolerate beans as easily as others find it makes them more digestible. Without presoaking the beans, the skins can often be chewier creating a less enjoyable a mouth feel! Whatever your reason, if you prefer to soak your beans before cooking them but did not plan eight-hours ahead, here are some easy directions for quick soaking beans.

I prefer the instant pot way if I am going to pressure the beans as you just use the same pot for everything.


For an instant pot quick soak, fill the stainless bowl with your dry beans and cover with plenty of water. Set the instant pot to sauté and bring to a boil.  Cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes, turn instant pot off, and let stand for an hour.  Drain the beans and proceed with your recipe.


For a stove top quick soak, fill a kettle with water and add your dry beans. Bring the water to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, turn off the heat, cover and let it sit for an hour then proceed with your recipe.