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Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon combine fresh green beans, smoky bacon, a little onion, and garlic. This pressure-cooked southern side is made in minutes and is so mouthwatering it’ll surely be a staple at your table too.

Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon in a white and blue bowl

Recently I had the opportunity to give a cooking class for the University of Florida Hillsborough County Extension Service in conjunction with AARP and their Foodie Fun Event. It was a fun event with about 30 people. We made Skillet Lemon Chicken and Potatoes, these Southern Style Instant Pot Green Beans, and a Butter Pecan Apple Dump Cake (Coming Soon).

We had a great conversation about pressure cooking and most of the attendees had not used an Instant Pot before. They loved the convenience of cooking all in one pot, being able to saute, and the safety features of the locking lid and the quick release capabilities.

I had not done any cooking in a pressure cooker Pre Instant Pot and they taught me some tips for using a stovetop pressure cooker, like to “quick release” or bringing the pressure down you just place the pot into cold water. I just love COOKING TIPS, so I will share a few more below in the post for IP Cooking.

They were the nicest group of people and we had so much fun cooking together. They loved participating, and being hands-on and I was thankful they got right in there and cooked with me. It was a fun day of food, fellowship, cooking, and laughter and I even shared my love for decor and setting a pretty table.

But in reality, I think eating was everyone’s favorite part!

What you need to make Southern Green Beans and Bacon

  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Thick-Sliced Bacon
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Water or Chicken Broth or Stock
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes or Hot Sauce (optional)

How to make Pressure-Cooked Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon

A colander filled with freshly washed bright green green beans

First Step.   Set the Instant Pot to Saute. Let it get hot. This helps to keep the bacon from sticking.

Add bacon pieces and cook to render fat. I like to cook the bacon until it is a little crispy. I feel it adds a ton of flavor to the dish. (If you would like you may remove some of the fat if excessive)

Tips and Tricks

  1. To make a stainless steel pot non-stick, let it fully heat before adding any fat.
  2. Use thick-sliced bacon, so that it doesn’t disintegrate during cooking.
  3. Chop up (I use kitchen scissors and cut it right into the IP) the bacon before cooking, as it will cook faster.
  4. Scrape up browned bits in the bottom with a good spatula while bacon is cooking and once again when water or broth is added.
  5. Use regular, not flavored bacon, this gives the most authentic green bean flavor.

Second Step.   Add diced onions and garlic. As they cook continue to use a Wooden Spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot. It doesn’t all come up at this point. Don’t worry we will get them all up after the next step.

The onions will release water, which helps to deglaze the cooking pot. But you will need a little more for the cooking process and to finish off deglazing.

An overhead shot of the broth, onions, and bacon used to cook these southern-style green beans in the instant pot

Third Step.   Add water or broth and scrape the bottom to get brown bits off the bottom of the pot (This keeps the IP from burning). Adding the liquid allows you to get them all up. There is also so much flavor in those brown bits and you want all that flavor!

A close up of fresh and bright green green beans with salt and pepper in the instant pot with the broth, onions, and bacon

Fourth Step.   Hit Cancel to turn off saute function. Add, green beans, salt, and pepper (we like lots of pepper 😉 ).

If you want a little extra kick, add some red pepper flakes or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

A closeup of an instant pot pressure cooker set to 5 minutes on high for this southern green beans recipe

Fifth Step.  Place lid on IP and turn to the locked position. Make Sure the valve is set to the closed position, if necessary on your pressure cooker. Set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes and cook green beans until tender.  – See cooking times below for preferred doneness.

An overhead shot of these southern style green beans in the instant pot


  • Firm Crunchy Texture – High Pressure 0 Minutes (Beans will steam while coming up to pressure)
  • For a little Softer Bean but still Firm – High Pressure 2 minutes
  • For Soft Bean but not mushy – High Pressure 5 Minutes (SOUTHERN STYLE) 
A closeup of pressure cooked southern green beans with bacon aka instant pot green beans

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A closeup of pressure cooked southern green beans with bacon aka instant pot green beans
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Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Nikki Lee
Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon combine fresh green beans, smokey bacon, a little onion and garlic. This pressure cooked side is made in minutes and so mouthwatering it’ll surely be a staple at your table too.
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  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends cut and snipped in half
  • 3 to 4 slices thick cut bacon, bite size pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ¾ cup water or chicken broth
  • ½ to ¾ tsp kosher salt, (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • red pepper flakes or dashes of hot sauce, (to taste – optional)


  • Set Instant Pot (6 Quart) to saute and let the pot get hot. Cut bacon with kitchen scissors into bite sized pieces into Instant Pot. Cook until bacon is browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add in onion and garlic and saute until translucent, scraping the bottom with wooden spoon, about 1 minute.
  • Add in water or chicken broth and scrape cooked bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden or silicone coated spatula.
  • Cancel the Saute function. Add in green beans, salt, and black pepper. (And Red Pepper or hot sauce if desired)
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and set to lock position. Set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once cooking is done immediately manual release. Stir and serve.


These are southern style beans and therefore are soft in texture. If you would like crisper beans start with 2 minute cook time and increase time for preferred doneness.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 104kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 7g (14%) Fat: 5g (8%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 13mg (4%) Sodium: 664mg (29%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 5g (6%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used to slow cook green beans on the stove for hours…the way my grandmother did. When I got an Instant Pot and found your recipe it was a game changer!!

    1. Thank you so much, Charlotte! That is how my mom always made them too! I still do it that way from time to time!

      1. I just made 3 pounds of green beans for our Easter dinner. I adjusted time to 12 mins and used the 3x feature at the top of the recipe for the amounts. They came out perfectly!

      2. Love to hear this! Thank you for sharing and I hope you and your family had a very blessed Easter day!

  2. Favorite Green Bean Recipe. I cook 2 pounds at a time, double the ingredients and cook for 8 mins.
    Comes out great every time. Freezes well and still good after thawing!

  3. Very good! The extras, like onion and pepper flakes just made these extra special. The whole family loved them, including the small grandkidos. Thank you, Nikki

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad your family enjoyed them! My grandaughter loves these green beans too! That is pure joy!

  4. Our Family’s style is to cook them on a slow simmer all day long. So I pressured them for 6 minutes and let them natural release.
    They were perfect!
    Thank you for the time saver!

    1. Love it Christi! We love them slow simmered at our house too. This takes all those hours of cooking and lets you have them in minutes! Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you tried it! Hope to have you join along and hear back from you soon!