Instant Pot Lima Beans

Want to have some healthy? Looking for a Beans recipe? Try the Belly-warming Instant Pot Lima Beans Recipe.

Remember normal cooking takes almost an hour to prepare but this Instant Pot Lima Beans Recipe allows you to enjoy the beans in only 20 to 25 minutes!

Why This Recipe Works

This Instant Pot lima beans recipe is a great choice to have for breakfast. It gives you the energy to kick start your day! Wholesome flavorful beans you can easily prepare in your house for your breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner.

Usually, Lima beans take 50 to 55 minutes to get ready but in this recipe, we are using an Instant Pot that will make your beans in half of the normal time. This easy and quick recipe will give you the taste you won't forget.

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Recipe Ingredients

Lima Beans-  Due to their Buttery Texture these are also commonly known as Butter Seeds. If you are unable to find Lima beans try searching for Butter Beans. Baby Lima Beans would be great for this recipe. Rinse the beans before adding.

Bay Leaves- Used as an herb, Laurel tree's fragrant leaf. You can add it either fresh or dried, or you can also use its powder.

Chicken Broth- Feel free to replace the chicken broth with vegetable stock for vegan lima beans.

How to make

Gather necessary ingredients.

Add 1 lb of Lima Beans into the pot.

Add chopped onion and garlic into the pot.

Add half a teaspoon of salt.

Add a teaspoon of black pepper.

Add 3 cups of chicken broth into the pot.

Pour 4 cups of water into the pot.

Add bay leaves to the pot.

Now, close the lid and pressure cook at high for 20 minutes.

Do a natural release.

Dish out the beans and enjoy!

How to Serve 

Serve the beans as the main dish with your own favorite rice. you can also serve it with some crusty loaves of bread.

But I would suggest you serve the beans with shrimp fried rice, Spanish rice or you can have it as it is!


Can I store it for later?

Yes, You can store the instant pot lima beans by putting them in an air-tight container after they have cooled off and refrigerating them if you are storing the leftovers for the next few days.

You can keep Lima beans in the freezer for 3 months.

What else we can cook with Lima Beans?

Ham Hocks- You can try the Lima beans with meaty ham hocks to give a mouth-watering taste to Lima Beans.

Bacon- You can add sauteed and diced Bacon into Lima Beans to give the beans an extra-ordinary delicious taste.

Veggies- Yes Veggies! You can add different veggies to add luscious and delightful flavor.

Are lima beans and butter beans the same thing?

Lima beans and Butter beans are the same beans with different names, Lima Beans are known as Butter beans for their buttery texture.

In US South and Uk Lima Beans are commonly known as Buttery Beans. In short, there is no difference between Lima Beans or Butter Beans.

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Instant Pot Charro Beans

This recipe talks about another flavorsome meal named as Instant Pot Charro beans. Instant Pot charro beans are flavorful and really simple to make. Decorate your table today with this 15 minutes recipe.
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Course: Breakfast, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, Salted Lima Beans, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup Cup garlic chopped
  • ½ cup Onion chopped
  • ½ Cup Bacon rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin powder
  • ½ cup Beans Boiled
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 4 cups Water
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2 Corainder leaves


  • Place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release and then open the lid.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 42kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 3521mg Potassium: 187mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Vitamin A: 225IU Vitamin C: 12mg Calcium: 77mg Iron: 3mg


  • You can add salt even after charro beans are cooked, If you add before cooking beans would be tougher.
  • If the beans take so long to cook this is just because beans are old. Check the date before buying.
  • Acidic Ingredients with beans take longer to cook. 
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8 thoughts on “Instant Pot Lima Beans

    1. Yes, definitely! Increasing the amount of seasoning slightly would help to make up for some of that lost flavor and saltiness.

  1. Thank you ! This worked out well ! I did added 3 carrots cut up and 3 ribs of celery as well to our baby Lima’s . Made a yummy dinner for my husband and myself !
    The cooking time was perfect .

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