I love my Instant Pot and to me, the best way to make Southern Style Green Beans is in the Instant Pot. When I was a little girl, I was the pickiest eater there was. I'm not exaggerating. No vegetable was allowed to cross my lips unless it was the tomato in the ketchup I put on everything. I didn't trust those crunchy, green foods at all--something that I'm sure had to be exasperating to my mother.
My aunt, however, had a garden and every year, she would can quarts and quarts (or was it pints...I have no idea...maybe it was both) of green beans from her garden. She would always gift some to my mom so that we could have some of her fresh green beans in the wintertime. Mom would always put the beans in the pressure cooker on the stove and cook them until they were tender and falling apart. At some point, I decided that I could try some of those green beans that came out of that scary pot that whistled on the stove. Those green beans were the first vegetable I ever liked and I would ask for Aunt Nellie's Green Beans. Aunt Nellie would also make sure to bring some of her green beans to Thanksgiving dinner. I would eat the green beans with my Thanksgiving ham. (Hey, I told you I was a picky eater. I wouldn't even eat the Thanksgiving turkey!)
When I moved up north after I got married, I discovered that not everyone cooks their green beans until they're falling apart. The first time my mother-in-law offered me green beans, I got a surprise. She just STEAMED her green beans for a few minutes in a basket on the stove. There was no bacon fat! There was no pork! They were done in minutes and they were crunchy, not soft and mushy. No, I didn't care for them, but I pretended to because that's the polite, southern thing to do, right?
Anyway, the other day, I was wandering through Aldi's produce section--which isn't really big enough to wander through, but that's beside the point--and I saw they had green beans for $.99/lb. It made me think about Aunt Nellie's Green Beans and I decided to try to make them in the Instant Pot. I didn't get to hear my mom's pressure cooker jiggling and whistling, but they tasted very much like I remembered.
There's so easy to make and you don't have to cook them for hours like you do if you want southern style green beans and don't have an Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans
Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 - 2 pounds of fresh green beans
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 slices of bacon or bacon grease to season
- 1 cup of water or chicken broth.
1. Snap the ends off the beans and cut or snap them into 2-3 inch pieces.
2. Dice up the bacon and onion.
3. Brown bacon in pot until done. Add a small amount of broth or water to pan to deglaze.
4. Add onion and beans to pot along with the rest of the broth or water.
5. Set Instant Pot to manual and cook 20 minutes.
6. You can do a manual release or let the pressure release on its own. It's up to you.
7. Open lid and serve.
I searched a ton of recipes to find a time to cook the beans and got anywhere from 8 minutes to 25 minutes. 8 minutes was not long enough, so I went with 14. I opened my pot and my beans were not quite there, so I went another 6. I think anything over about 17 minutes will do it. The longer you cook them, the more tender they'll be.