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Instant Pot Sesame Green Beans
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Instant Pot Sesame Green Beans

Instant Pot Sesame Green Beans- Looking for a quick & easy, healthy, versatile side dish? Green Beans are steamed to crisp tender perfection and finished off with a spicy garlic sesame oil. The flavors pair well with so many things making these beans the perfect side dish for chicken, steak, BBQ and so much more.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 102kcal


  • 1 lb. green beans trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


  • Add 1 cup water to the Instant Pot inner pot and arrange a steamer basket on the bottom. Add the green beans to the steamer basket. You’ll want to make sure steamer basket is positioned so no beans touch the water.
  • Secure the lid and set valve to SEALINSet Instant Pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK on high pressure for 0 minutes. When the pot comes to pressure you will hear beeps and the screen will read L0:0Immediately do a QUICK RELEASE to remove pressure from pot.
  • Carefully remove steamer basket with green beans from Instant Pot (with oven mittand drain water from the pot.
  • Optional Step- Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Plunge green beans in ice water and allow to cool (approx. 2-3 mins). By shocking the beans in the ice water it helps stop any further cooking and helps keep the beans that gorgeous bright green color.
  • Add olive oil to inner pot and select SAUTE mode. Once the oil is hot, add garlic, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine ingredients and add green beans back to the pot. Stir well to make sure beans are evenly coated and warm (about 30 seconds.) Season with salt, to taste and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


0 Minutes  cook time?  
Yes, that’s right! Set the Instant Pot to zero minutes cook time. When the pot comes to pressure (about 8-10 mins) the screen will read L0:00. Immediately do a Quick Release and remove the pressure from pot.The time it takes to bring the Instant Pot to pressure is just enough to yield perfect crisp tender green beans.
If you prefer your green beans more cooked than “crisp tender”( no snap when you bite into them) you can elect to set the cook time to 1 minute. For darker green, softer green beans you can adjust further to 2-3 minutes cook time depending on your preference.
If using Frozen Green Beans: adjust the cook time to 1 minute for crisp tender (still slightly “squeaky” green beans). You can add additional cook time if you prefer your green beans to be more cooked/softer.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Sodium: 10.1mg | Potassium: 355.4mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 5.4g