These Instant Pot chickpeas are cheaper and taste better than canned! Cooking garbanzo beans is the ideal task for a pressure cooker.

Instant pot chickpeas

Did you know you can cook dried chickpeas in under 1 hour in an Instant Pot? Since it takes a while to cook dried beans on the stovetop, most of the time Alex and I end up using canned beans. We just got an Instant Pot and learned that cooking beans in a pressure cooker takes less than 1 hour! Consider us impressed. Cooking dried beans is cheaper than buying them canned, and they taste better.

For our first recipe for cooking beans in a pressure cooker, we decided to try dried chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). Alex and I use them all the time in salads, nourish bowls, and curries. Keep reading for a video of how to cook chickpeas in an Instant Pot, and some of our favorite chickpea recipes!

Watch how to cook chickpeas in an Instant Pot

What’s an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker. Instant Pot is actually the brand name; there are many other brands of electric pressure cookers. Here’s the Instant Pot we used: 6 quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. The concept of the Instant Pot to cook foods at high pressure, which dramatically cuts down on cooking time. It’s the opposite of a slow cooker, which cooks things dramatically slowly.

We’ve been experimenting with our Instant Pot for years and have lots of healthy and delicious Instant Pot recipes. Cooking grains and dried beans is one of our favorite uses for the pressure cooker because it’s easy and hands off!

Pressure cooker chickpeas

Why make Instant Pot chickpeas?

Cooking dried beans on the stovetop usually takes several hours to soak and then a few hours to cook. You also have to check the garbanzo beans often towards the end of the cook time to see if they are done. Here’s why to make homemade Instant Pot chickpeas:

  • It’s quick and hands off. The method is truly hands off, and the chickpeas cook perfectly every time. It’s most reliable when you soak them prior to cooking (see below).
  • It’s cheaper than canned. While we love eating canned chickpeas, cooking beans in a pressure cooker is cheaper: about half or more the price of canned!
  • It’s MUCH more delicious than canned. The texture and flavor of home-cooked Instant Pot chickpeas are better than those from a can. These chickpeas have a slightly nuttier flavor and firmer texture than canned, which can be mushy and have a lackluster flavor.
Instant pot garbanzo beans

Do you have to soak Instant Pot chickpeas?

Good question. Short answer? It makes the most reliable chickpeas in a pressure cooker. We’ve experimented with soaking and not soaking. Here’s what to know (updated December 2020):

  • Soaking makes the most tender, evenly cooked chickpeas. We know, it requires thinking ahead. But it’s totally worth it! All you have to do is soak overnight (or during your workday) in the bowl of your pressure cooker. Cover the chickpeas with 2 inches water and soak for 10 to 12 hours.
  • What if you don’t have time to soak? You can also cook unsoaked chickpeas! You’ll simply pressure cook them for 35 minutes instead of 23 minutes. Keep in mind: unsoaked will be drier. If you’re using them for something like hummus, you’ll have to add more liquid. See the recipe below!

How long does it take to cook Instant Pot garbanzo beans?

The cook time for Instant Pot chickpeas is 23 minutes. Insanely quick, right? But remember: the Instant Pot requires a “preheat” time for coming up to pressure, and a “cool down” time to release the pressure. In this recipe, it’s about a 20 minute preheat, and then a natural release for 20 minutes.

This means the actual overall time for cooking Instant Pot garbanzo beans is 63 minutes. This is still shorter than the time it takes on the stovetop. This makes us much more likely to make dried chickpeas in our Instant Pot! And other types of dried beans, too: like our Instant Pot Refried Beans.

Chickpeas in Instant Pot

Ways to use Instant Pot chickpeas

How to use these pressure cooker chickpeas? Let us count the ways. Here a few other chickpea recipes where you can use them:

How to Cook Chickpeas in an Instant Pot

More Instant Pot recipes

The Instant Pot is perfect for cooking sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, dried beans, mashed potatoes, and even soups. In fact: you can ditch your rice cooker and slow cooker in favor of the Instant Pot! Here are a few more Instant Pot recipes to try:

This Instant Pot chickpeas recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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How to Cook Chickpeas in an Instant Pot | A Couple Cooks

Instant Pot Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (preheat)
  • Cook Time: 42 minutes (including natural release)
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x

Description

These Instant Pot chickpeas are cheaper and taste better than canned! Cooking garbanzo beans is the ideal task for a pressure cooker. Updated for reliability December 2020.


Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. Night or day before (recommended): Place the chickpeas in the Instant Pot and cover with the water. Soak 10 to 12 hours, then drain. This makes the most tender chickpeas that are most evenly cooked (see notes below*).
  2. Place the chickpeas into Instant Pot and cover with water by 1 inch (about 6 cups). Add the kosher salt. Lock the lid. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure 23 minutes (soaked) or 35 minutes (unsoaked*): Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. Wait while the Instant Pot cooks. (Note: During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Natural release for 20 minutes: After the Instant Pot beeps, wait for another 20 minutes to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure. (Tip: We set a timer for this part so we don’t forget!) Then vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (The pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own after 10 minutes, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  5. Open the lid and taste one chickpea to see if it is tender. Some chickpea brands and pressure cooker brands have require longer cook times. If it’s not tender, cook a few more minutes on high pressure and do a quick release. Once cooked, drain and use immediately, store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days, or freeze indefinitely. We freeze the drained chickpeas in sealable containers in 1.5 cup servings, which equals 1 15-ounce can.

Notes

IMPORTANT: Read and abide by all safety precautions in your Instant Pot / pressure cooker manual.

*Soaked chickpeas make the most reliable results: they are most tender, evenly cooked, and closest to canned chickpeas. Unsoaked chickpeas can be rather dry; if you’re using them in hummus, you may need to add more water than the recipe specifies to make a creamy consistency.

  • Category: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot chickpeas, Chickpeas in Instant Pot, Instant Pot Garbanzo Beans, Garbanzo Beans Instant Pot

Last updated: December 2020

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  1. I had the same reservations about getting an instant pot, because I also thought it was mostly for cooking meat! but I haven’t bough a single can of beans since purchasing my IP! It works wonders for large batches of grains, too. If I just need a cup of rice, I’ll usually do it on the stovetop. Can’t wait to try sweet potatoes, per your recent post!!

    1. Good question! Since your chickpeas are soaked, unfortunately we can’t speak to what the timing would be for the Instant Pot! It would be shorter than the time in this recipe, but we’re not sure by how much. Since we created this method to skip the soaking step, that wasn’t a variation we tried. You’re welcome to try less time and see if it comes out! Or just try our method next time without soaking. Thanks for asking!

  2. I followed the instructions and the chickpeas were cooked “al dente.” Was that the intended texture?? I like mine much softer so I can blend them for hummus.

    1. Hi Sam! Interesting! In all our trials we did not have this happen — our chickpeas were cooked to be soft and tender that would work for hummus. We know that there can be some variation in chickpea brands and also in Instant Pots. We’d say to cook a few more minutes on high to get to the right consistency. (You can do it even after the natural release.) I’d go ahead and do that on your next try and see how it comes out — sounds like your chickpeas and Instant Pot may need 1 to 2 more minutes on high.

      1. Honestly, what did I do before InstaPot? I have a Crock Pot Multi Cooker and use it practically every day. Most of the amazing dishes I’ve made have been totally accomplished from prep to clean up within a half hour.

  3. This did not work well for me at all. I have an Instant Pot and have Ben disappointed with its performance. It’s an overpriced crock pot for me. Other recipes have indicated that a pre-soak was recommended. My beans were only half cooked…I repeated the process for 10 min increments. Now, after 3 hours they are done.

    1. We’re so sorry to hear this! Do you think that you might have accidentally been cooking on Low pressure instead of High pressure?

  4. We tried this yesterday and it worked out very good. Although I had soaked them for about 6 hours before cooking, they were juuust cooked enough to blend into hummus. Next time I’ll give them three more minutes and I also might add a little bit of baking soda because I’ve read somewhere that this also helps to break down the skins even more. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you for letting us know! Different chickpea brands and Instant pots make the timing vary, so this can happen. Did the extra time do the trick?

      1. It’s been super cold here and our house is really really dry, so it’s likely that was a factor! I made hummus from some of the chick peas yesterday and it came out gloriously silky smooth and wonderful. :-)

    2. I did a second cook for 15 minutes and they were done. In fact, they were a little bit overdone, but since all I wanted them for was hummus, it’s not a problem. Next time I cook a pound of chick peas in the Instant Pot I’ll do maybe 30 minutes.

    1. Thank you for letting us know! Cook times can vary based on chickpea brand and pressure cooker. Let us know if 40 minutes works for you next time! We’ve added some notes in the recipe to account for this variation.

  5. I now NEVER use salt while cooking any kind of legume because they turn out al dente every time and I don’t like crunchy beans. Just thought I’d mention that for some who have had the same issues. For some reason it doesn’t work for me.

  6. Mine all split, has that happened for others? Should I try for less time, or omit the salt? I’ve tried google but can’t find an explanation.

    1. Sorry for the delay! We would try for a little less time next time. All chickpea brands are different, so there is a lot of variation! And same with Instant Pots. Let us know how it goes — or feel free to shoot me an email to take this offline: sonja @ acouplecooks.com.

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