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Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans and Bacon

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Nikki Lee


  • 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 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon 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.


Serving: 11 serving | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 664mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g