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Zesty lemon Instant Pot green beans are the perfect easy side dish! They take just 10 minutes and are almost totally hands off.

Instant Pot Green Beans
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It’s hard to find great side dishes: right? To us, the perfect side dish is healthy, easy to make, and comes together quickly. Because we want to spend most of our time and energy on the main dish! It’s the worst when you realize at the last minute that your side dish takes more effort than planned. So let us introduce the best easy side dish: Instant Pot green beans! They’re super quick to put together and the zesty lemon flavor makes them a crowd pleaser. Because they’re steamed in the pressure cooker, they make space on the stovetop and oven for cooking the main dish!

Want the stovetop version? Head to Lemon Steamed Green Beans.

How to make Instant Pot green beans: a tutorial

These Instant Pot green beans are crisp-tender, bright green and just the right amount of zesty lemon. They’re the perfect side to complement any meal: they can work with just about anything. The other fun thing about these beans? The cook time is just 1 minute! While it takes about 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to preheat, you can still make these steamed green beans in about 10 minutes. The timing depends on your ability to trim green beans quickly: we’ve got a little trick on that below!

Step 1: Trim the green beans.

Snapping the ends off green beans can take quite a while. Here’s a super quick method for how to trim green beans that will shave off valuable minutes in the kitchen.

How to trim green beans: Cut off ends

Step 2: Pressure cook on High for 1 minute.

Add the beans to the Instant Pot with ½ cup water. Pressure cook on high for 1 minute.

Step 3: Quick release and mix with seasonings.

Perform a quick release (see details in the recipe below). Drain and in a bowl, mix with lemon juice, zest, olive oil, salt and plenty of fresh ground pepper.

Instant Pot Green Beans

What kind of Instant Pot to use?

All pressure cooker brands vary! Here’s the brand we use: an Instant Pot 6 Qt Programmable Pressure Cooker. This recipe is customized for a 6 quart pressure cooker. We also can’t speak to other brands and types of pressure cookers. For example, Instant Pot Mini works differently, so use it at your own risk!

Steamed green beans

You can serve them with just about anything.

Yes, these Instant Pot green beans are pretty much the perfect side dish recipe. Because you can serve them with just about anything. Meatloaf? Yes. Salmon? Yes. Thanksgiving? Yes. Dinner party? Yes. Weeknight meal? Yes. It’s really one of our best green bean recipes, ever.

Really anything that needs an easy side, this recipe has got your back. Another great thing is that they fit almost every diet: they’re vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free, among others. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to serve them with:

Want more Instant Pot side dishes? Head to Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes.

Instant Pot Green Beans

This Instant Pot green beans recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Steamed Green Beans

Instant Pot Green Beans with Lemon

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Zesty lemon Instant Pot green beans are the perfect easy side dish! They take just 10 minutes and are almost totally hands off.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Trim the green beans. Add them to the Instant Pot with ½ cup water. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 1 minute: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time of 0 minutes. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure. (Avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  3. Quick release: Once the timer beeps, vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid.
  4. Carefully remove the beans to a bowl and drain of all water. Toss with the remaining ingredients, using plenty of black pepper. Garnish with the lemon zest.


*You can easily scale this recipe by 2 or 3 to feed a crowd: it still fits in the Instant Pot and the cook time is the same.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Vegetables

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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