Southern Green Beans Recipe

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Ah, the beauty of fresh green beans.

I just love green beans! They’re so beautiful and delicious! But did you know that they can be even better when you make them in your Instant Pot? 

Quick southern-style green beans

Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy for dinner tonight or just something healthy and delicious – Instant Pot green beans are the perfect vegetable side dish! 

Green beans, in general, are very easy to prepare. Especially when using the Instant Pot cooking method, which is ideal for those of us (working women) who need magical meals in minutes

Southern green beans are a dish you’ll look forward to – and not just another bland green vegetable! These Instant Pot green beans are ready in only 10 minutes without compromising the scrumptious soul food flavors!

 

Instant Pot Green Beans

 

What are southern-style green beans?

You may know southern-style green beans as a dish that’s cooked long and slow until the green beans are melt-in-your-mouth tender! Often flavored with a ham hock or lots of bacon.

I’ll show you how to make the same southern green beans that you know, but quick and easy with no compromise to the authentic southern soul food flavor.

 

What do you add to green beans for flavor?

To make southern green beans, it’s all about the flavors! Butter, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper are all you need to make your green beans taste like they stewed in a large pot on the stove at grandma’s house all day!

Now you can make the same southern green beans recipe as grandma in an Instant Pot!

 

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What ingredients do you need to make southern-style green beans?

Despite being a nutritious and delicious vegetable, green beans are often ignored in the kitchen. They’re just boiled and served with butter or salt and pepper, but there are so many other ways to enjoy them!

This southern green beans recipe is a side dish infused with lots of flavoring from chicken stock (substitute vegetable broth to make this recipe vegan and vegetarian).

Also, butter, scallions, fresh thyme sprigs, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. 

 

Southern-Style Green Beans

 

How do you cook southern green beans?

The best way to cook southern green beans is in the Instant Pot!

Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker with several other functions: slow cooking, pressure cooking, sautéing, and more!

Instant Pot cooks the green beans using an electric heating element, which helps to provide consistent temperatures for cooking with low or high heat. 

The shorter cooking times lend to better preservation of vitamins and minerals while intensifying the soulful flavors of the beans. Yum!

It makes things like southern green beans easy to cook.

Long gone are the days of only slow cooking this iconic southern dish to achieve the comforting, buttery-rich flavors!

 

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How long do you cook green beans in an Instant Pot?

Southern green beans can be prepared in 10 minutes – fully cooked and infused with lots of flavors! 

Don’t tell grandma, but you won’t even need the heavy pork ingredients or the ham hock’s long cook times. And no more draining the bacon grease! 

Does leaving out the bacon ruin the taste?

For this Instant Pot recipe of southern-style green beans without the meat, simply use the recipe’s ingredients. You won’t miss the bacon favor – or the clean-up of the bacon drippings!

 

Why use an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to prepare green beans?

Again, the Instant Pot pressure cooker is a great way to prepare green beans in the shortest amount of time. 

What’s more, Instant Pot allows for much healthier eating because it also eliminates any oil to cook and has no preservatives. 

Perfect if you’re following a vegan or low-fat diet!

 

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Could you make this recipe in a crockpot or slow cooker?

This same southern green beans recipe can be made using a crockpot, slow cooker, or even the Instant Pot slow cook setting. 

Of course, you can always dump the ingredients and walk away with the slow cook setting. But the cooking time would be longer than simply sautéing for 10 minutes.

Important: Don’t forget to add ½ a cup of water, broth, or stock to the Instant Pot for any cooking variation.

 

Southern Green Beans Recipe

 

What type of green beans do you use?

Will this recipe work with frozen green beans instead of fresh?

Yes, this southern green bean recipe will work with fresh or frozen green beans in the Instant Pot. 

Though fresh is often best, frozen ones are a great option if that’s what you have on hand.

Instant Pot can cook green beans in the same amount of time from the frozen state. In addition, it does not require pre-soaking or any other preparation besides putting them into the pot!

I’ve cooked with all types of string beans, and this recipe is still the same!

Can you make it with canned green beans?

Yes, canned green beans will work the same for this recipe, too!

How many green beans do you use in this recipe?

This recipe calls for 1 pound of green beans, whether fresh, frozen, or canned.

 

 

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Southern green beans recipe

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound of green beans (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ a cup of chicken stock (use vegetable broth for vegan and vegetarian)
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 scallion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon of dry thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme

 

How to cook quick southern-style green beans in an Instant Pot

Instructions

  1. Add chicken stock, green beans, butter, scallions, fresh thyme, and seasonings (dry thyme, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper) in the Instant Pot.
  2. Turn on the sauté setting and cook for 10 minutes with the lid off.
  3. Stir occasionally during the sautéing to evenly cook, and so the green beans don’t stick to the pot.
  4. When the cooking time is finished, serve right away and enjoy!

 

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What do you serve with green beans?

Serve green beans are such a versatile side dish. You can serve them with almost anything! 

Chickenrice, BBQ, Southern cornbread dressing, or macaroni and cheese.

Green beans are the perfect accompaniment to fishbeef, and layered casseroles like pastelón too!

Potatoes are also well served with green beans. They’re a match made in heaven when you add a few small white or red potatoes to your Instant Pot of green beans. 

 

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Can you freeze green beans and store them in the freezer?

Yes, you can freeze cooked green beans. Place them into an airtight freezer storage bag in the freezer.

You’ll save yourself time by making large batches of green beans at once using an Instant Pot instead of boiling each serving on the stovetop.

In addition, you can store green beans in the freezer. Then, you simply microwave them or place them in the Instant Pot on the ‘keep warm’ setting when you want some fresh green bean goodness!

How long can you store seasoned green beans in the fridge?

You can store cooked and seasoned green beans in the refrigerator for about five days before you need to toss or move them to the freezer.

 

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Frequently asked questions about Instant Pot green beans?

Whether you’re a seasoned Instant Pot lover or new to the world of pressure cooking, there are a few questions about this recipe that are frequently asked: 

 

Is it possible to steam green beans in an Instant Pot without a steamer basket?

Absolutely! You can make steamed green beans in the Instant Pot without a steamer basket. 

Simply close the lid and press the ‘steam’ setting or pressure cook with water and your food in the stainless steel inner pot.

I recommend 4 minutes for steaming green beans in the Instant Pot.

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What kind of Instant Pot to use?

Any of the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker models will work for this sauteed southern green beans recipe. This includes the original Instant Pot Duo, Duo Nova, or the multi-cooker Pro.

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What size Instant Pot is needed for this recipe?

An Instant Pot that can hold one pound of green beans is what you need. This means you can successfully use any electric pressure cooker, from the small 3-quart to the X-large 10-quart – or any size in between!

 

If you have an 8-quart Instant Pot, do you need to change the cook time?

There’s no adjustment to the cooking time needed as long as you’re cooking with the same quantity of ingredients, no matter the Instant Pot size.

 

Do you have a modification for this recipe to make southern-style green beans with potatoes?

The easiest way to add a few small potatoes to this recipe and keep the quick 10 minute Instant Pot cooking time is to use one can of new potatoes when you sauté. 

You could also use a steamable bag of red potatoes.

 

Southern Green Beans

 

If you double this recipe, do you double the liquid?

Yes, for this recipe, doubling the recipe will require doubling the liquid.

You can use the dynamic recipe card below to adjust the serving size for the proportionate amount of ingredients for making more or less of this recipe!

 

Will the cooking time need to be modified if you double the recipe?

When you’re scaling a recipe, it’s important to note that cook times may vary. But not necessarily by double. 

If you’re preparing larger or smaller portions, it’s likely to alter the original recipe cooking time. 

So allow for more time if making a larger portion. A good guide is to check the green beans at 10 minutes to see if they’re done. You don’t want to overcook or burn them.

 

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What do you think of this recipe?

If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious side dish that can go with just about any meal, give this quick southern green beans recipe a try! 

Green beans are high in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and fiber. They’re also low in calories, so feel free to add them to your diet without worry about gaining weight from this nutrient-dense vegetable!

How would you rate southern green beans?

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Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

Southern Green Beans

Southern Green Beans

Southern green beans are a dish you'll look forward to – and not just another bland green vegetable!
These Instant Pot green beans are ready in only 10 minutes without compromising the scrumptious soul food flavors!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Instant Pot green beans, keto, quick southern-style green beans, soul food, southern food, Southern green beans recipe, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup chicken stock (use vegetable broth for vegan and vegetarian)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 scallion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon thyme dry spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme 5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Add chicken stock, green beans, butter, scallions, fresh thyme, and seasonings (dry thyme, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper) in the Instant Pot.
  • Turn on the sauté setting and cook for 10 minutes with the lid off.
  • Stir occasionally during the sautéing to evenly cook, and so the green beans don’t stick to the pot.
  • When the cooking time is finished, serve right away and enjoy!

Notes

Southern-style green beans with potatoes

The easiest way to add a few small potatoes to this recipe and keep the quick 10 minute Instant Pot cooking time is to use one can of new potatoes when you sauté. 
You could also use a steamable bag of red potatoes.
Instant Pot Southern Green Beans Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Southern Green Beans
Amount per Serving
Calories
74
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
8
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
196
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
289
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
926
IU
19
%
Vitamin C
 
15
mg
18
%
Calcium
 
49
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. Cyrene
    September 12, 2021 / 10:31 am

    5 stars
    I would love to try this using a pan! I will update you on how it turned out!

    • September 13, 2021 / 8:22 pm

      Same ingredients will yield the same southern delicious flavors even in a pan!

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