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Easy Instant Pot Green Beans

A Deliciously Buttery Garlic Side Dish That Your Family Will Love

These buttery garlic green beans are super easy to make and taste great! They only take a few minutes to make and are a perfect simple side dish for any meal. Your whole family will love these green beans.

a dinner plate served with green beans
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I’ll be honest, if you say green beans, it’s not really my idea of fun! But once I tried these Instant Pot Green beans Ryan made, I may have changed my mind a little! Or a lot!

So I’ll usually pass on green beans as a side, sure I’ll have a bit of the green bean casserole during Thanksgiving, but that’s about it!

Until now!

I requested Ryan make these again the other day. In my book, these are the tastiest green beans I’ve ever had.

I actually love them!

Even the kids requested seconds!

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Delicious Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Not a whole lot more I can say about these green beans. I mean, they’re green beans, right? But, they did make me LOVE green beans, not an easy feat, so I thought it was worth sharing with you!

A bowl of green beans that were made in the Instant Pot
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These Instant Pot green beans are so quick and easy to make! Just a few simple steps and you’ll be enjoying some delicious buttery garlic green beans in no time. Let’s get started!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:

Appliances & Cookware

This green bean recipe was made in my 8 quart Instant Pot

Serving Platters & Dishes

I served these green beans in my super cute, vintage sunflower casserole and just pulled out our Corelle plates which we use just about every day.

Instant Pot Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.

Making Green Beans In The Instant Pot

So let’s walk through the easy steps to making these super tasty green beans!

A plate of green beans made in the Instant Pot.
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Gather Your Ingredients

You won’t need a whole lot of ingredients, this is a simple side dish that can go with almost any main course! You’ll need French Cut frozen green beans, butter, garlic, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. That’s it! For exact amounts, see complete recipe below.

Half a stick of butter for making butter garlic green beans
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Measure One Pound of Green Beans

So, get yourself a bowl, a kitchen scale and measure out one pound of the frozen green beans. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, I’d highly recommend that you get one that has a zero/tare feature like this one. It’s a super useful tool to have in the kitchen.

A bowl of french cut green beans being weighed on a scale before being put into the Instant Pot
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For those of you who do not have a scale, one pound of french cut frozen green beans is approximately 6 cups.

Sauté the Garlic

Set your Instant Pot to Sauté and melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and let it sauté for a minute.

Sauting the garlic in the Instant Pot for making butter garlic green beans
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Add the Green Beans

Add the frozen green beans in with the melted butter and garlic.

Adding a bowl of frozen green beans to the Instant Pot
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Season, Add Broth and Stir

Finally, add the salt, pepper, and chicken broth.

Adding pepper to french green beans made in the Instant Pot
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Adding salt to green beans in the Instant Pot
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I like to use unsalted chicken broth, but if you want to use salted broth, then you can omit the salt.

Adding chicken broth to green beans in the Instant Pot
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Give everything a good stir.

The Instant Pot filled with green beans
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Cook in the Instant Pot

Now, it’s time to close the Instant Pot. Cancel out of Sauté mode and set the pot to cook on Manual High Pressure for 3 minutes. Note: On some models, the “Manual” button is now labeled “Pressure Cook”.

Setting the Instant Pot to 3 minutes High Pressure to make the best green bean recipe.
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When the green beans have completed the 3 minute cook time, you will do a Quick Pressure Release (QPR).

Delicious Buttery Garlic Green Beans in the Instant Pot

Once the pin drops, open your pot. Perfect Buttery Garlic Green Beans!

The Instant Pot filled with french cut green beans
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Time to Serve Your Instant Pot Green Beans

When serving the green beans out of the pot and into a serving dish, I used a slotted spoon like this one, to avoid any excess liquid.

A serving bowl filled with delicious garlic butter green beans made in the Instant Pot
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And now you’re ready to enjoy! I hope you love these as much as we do!

Garlic Butter Instant Pot Green Beans

French cut green beans in garlic butter.

4.19 from 11 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
Pressure Release
Total Time
8 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
These buttery garlic green beans make a deliciously simple side dish for any meal.
Cuisine: Southern
Course: Side Dish
Category: Vegetables



  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and place the butter in it to melt.
  • Once the butter has fully melted, add the minced garlic to the butter and let it sauté for a minute.
  • Add the green beans, season with salt and black pepper and then pour the chicken broth into the pot. You may also use salted chicken broth and omit the ¼ tsp of salt.
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook on Manual High Pressure for 3 minutes. Once the cooking time has completed, perform a Quick Pressure Release (QPR).
  • Serve these delicious green beans.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Easy Instant Pot green beans served and ready to eat
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  • Meritha says:

    I use a Crock-Pot Express pressure cooker. I’ve made these green beans three times. They are delicious and easier than my previous favorite recipe. Thanks Valerie!

  • Lesley says:

    What if I wanted to use frozen cut green beans vs. the French cut?

  • Jean says:

    can I add potatoes to the green beans and how long do I cook them

  • Annabelle Brewster says:

    Can I use while green beans

    • Hi Annabelle! I have never used whole green beans in this recipe. I’m assuming if they’re fresh they may require less time. I have some fresh whole green beans, and I’ll be testing it out today. I’ll be back here to reply to you again later today!

    • I’m back! We just made some fresh, whole green beans and cooked them for zero minutes, and a quick pressure release. They were perfect with a bit of a crunch. If you want them softer, I’d do one minute. Hope this helps!

  • Abby says:

    Can I use canned greenbeans in place of frozen ones?

    • Hi Abby! I wouldn’t use canned green beans for this recipe. They’re already cooked and just need to be warmed. If that’s what you have, I recommend just heating them in the microwave or stove for a bit and then seasoning them according to my recipe, including the butter and garlic. You can use just a bit of the stock to warm them on the stove. Hope this helps!

  • Adela says:

    If I doubled this recipe, would I adjust the time?

  • W. W Kestenbaum says:

    Hi VK,
    I’m definitely ready to try the garlic green beans!! Just send a proper signal and I’ll fly right over! Love. W W

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