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Instant Pot Green Beans with Bacon is one of the simplest most delicious recipes you can make in your pressure cooker! With this easy recipe, you’ll have delicious tender green beans mixed with crispy bacon in minutes and without the mess.
But cooking tender green beans and crunchy bacon on the stovetop means you’re going to have to dirty multiple pans and cook the beans for a long time.
Fortunately, you have your amazing Instant Pot handy!
This is one of the easiest (and tastiest) green bean recipes I’ve made. The combination of soft green beans and crunchy bacon is so amazing, you’ll never want to eat plain green beans again!
In addition to only using three ingredients, you can have this classic side dish on the table in 20 minutes.
But the best part about this side is that it’s a one-pot dish. You can cook all the ingredients inside your Instant Pot without the need to cleanup messy bacon grease.
This delicious instant pot recipe is both low-carb, keto-friendly, and a Trim Healthy Mama S Fuel!
How to Make Green Beans and Bacon in the Instant Pot
To make green beans and bacon in the Instant Pot, start by grabbing your ingredients. To make this side dish recipe, you’ll need:
- Chicken broth
- Frozen green beans
The first step to making this delicious dish is to cook the bacon. To make cooking the bacon in the Instant Pot a little easier, start by cutting the bacon into small pieces.
Set the Instant Pot to saute and give it a few minutes to heat up.
Then, add the bacon to the pot and start frying the bacon pieces. Make sure to keep stirring the bacon to keep it from sticking to the pan as it cooks.
When the pieces are nice and crispy, remove them from the pan and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
Turn off the Instant Pot and add the chicken broth to the pot.
Use a spatula to scrape the stuck-on bacon pieces from the bottom of the pot, then add the green beans.
Season with a little bit of salt and pepper to taste. Just a pinch is good – you can always add more salt to the dish before you eat if it needs more flavor, but you can never un-salt a dish if you put too much!
Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and set the pot to pressure cook for four minutes.
When the cooking time is up, do a quick release and remove the lid. Add the crispy bacon pieces back to the pan and stir to combine all the ingredients.
Can I Use Fresh Green Beans?
Yes! While this recipe uses two packages of frozen green beans, fresh green beans can be substituted for the frozen variety.
Fresh green beans taste delicious when they’re cooked in the Instant Pot. And you don’t need to alter the recipe much to make fresh green beans instead of frozen ones.
To substitute fresh green beans in this Instant Pot recipe, follow the recipe as listed using a little over a pound of fresh green beans.
To adjust the recipe, simply cut the cook time down to three minutes instead of four minutes.
Why Did I Get a Burn Error?
Burn errors occur often when cooking Instant Pot recipes that require you to use the saute setting before pressure cooking.
Often times, the burn error is a result of stuck-on food on the bottom of the pot. That’s why it’s important to deglaze your pot before setting it to pressure cook.
If you forgot to deglaze the pot before cooking, don’t worry! You can easily fix the problem. Allow the Instant Pot to depressurize, then remove the lid.
Use a wooden spatula to scrape along the bottom of the pot to scrape away any stuck-on food. Once you’re sure there is no residue on the bottom of the pan, replace the lid and continue cooking for the remaining cook time.
To ensure you don’t get a burn error when cooking your Instant Pot green beans and bacon, be sure not to skip the deglazing step.
To deglaze your pot, add the chicken broth to the pot and use a wooden spatula to scrape all the stuck-on pieces off the bottom of the pot. Be sure to get into the space around the edges and around the center, removing all the residue from the pan.
Is This Recipe Low Carb?
While green beans are a member of the legume family, which also includes starchy beans like kidney or pinto beans, green beans are much lower in carbs.
That means that green beans are consider a non-starchy vegetable, although they are a tad bit higher in carbs that other non-starch varieties.
A one-cup serving of green beans has around 10 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber. And since bacon and chicken broth are both carb-free, this delicious side dish is great for anyone watching their carb intake.
Instant Pot Green Beans with Bacon
- 3 Strips Bacon cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- 2 10-ounce Packages Frozen Green Beans
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and add chopped bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and remove the bacon pieces. Pour the chicken broth into the pot and deglaze the pot by scrapping the bottom of the pot to remove stuck-on pieces.
- Pour the frozen green beans into the pot and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to pressure cook for 4 minutes.
- When the cook time is up, do a quick release.
- When the pot has depressurized, remove the lid and add the bacon to the pot. Stir to combine ingredients before serving.