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Instant Pot Butter Beans Recipe

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Instant Pot Butter Beans is a quick and recipe that allows you to have a no soak butter bean recipe with ham hocks. Serve this up for a hearty and comforting weeknight meal.

Butter beans with ham hocks couldn’t be easier thanks to your Instant Pot. 

butter beans with ham hocks

Butter beans cooked in the pressure cooker give you that slow-cooked butter bean flavor but in a fraction of the time.

No more soaking your beans, thanks to your handy dandy pressure cooker. That is always a winning plus for reaching for your Instant Pot.

Cold weather is on the horizon, so why not plan ahead and get this recipe saved and ready. I have a quick and easy butter bean recipe that will win over a crowd. Also, try this ultimate instant pot pinto beans recipe!

Is There Another Name For Butter Beans 

Butter beans are also called lima beans. Depending on where you live will depend on what you call these tasty little beans. People in say the United Kingdom know these as butter beans. Same as the south. 

Is This Recipe A Butter Bean Soup 

Yes. We eat it like soup, pour it into bowls, and eat with a spoon. This soup recipe offers beans that are tender, flavorful, and can be made in no time. Add a splash of salt and pepper and serve up this dish. 

butter beans recipeCan I Use A Ham Bone For This Butter Bean Recipe 

Yes. You are welcome to use a ham bone, ham hocks or even diced smoked ham. The ham really adds a lot of richness to the recipe. Some even swap the ham with bacon and find it offers a tasty richness as well. 

Is Butter Beans With Ham Hocks the Same of Southern Butter Beans

No. Southern Butter Beans a lot creamier in texture and break down a lot more as it cooks. Both are tasty recipes though! 

What Can I Substitute For Butter Beans 

You could swap out to Cannellini beans which are a white bean. I have not tried it in this recipe, so you would have to adjust the cooking time a bit. I think if you used canned beans they would break down too much in the pressure cooker. So using dried you might need to soak them before cooking in the Instant Pot.  

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butter beansBest Sides With Butter Beans 

  • Cornbread | Whether it is a sweet cornbread or savory, this is always welcome in my books. I even sprinkle the cornbread over the top, and eat it with the beans. 
  • Bread | Whether dinner rolls, a slice of homemade bread, it is always a good side to pair with your beans. 
  • Vinegar | This isn’t a side, but if you have never try adding a splash of white distilled vinegar into your butter beans, give it a try. The acidity will bring out so much flavor and help your tummy not get upset from all the fiber. 
  • Salad | Lighten up the meal with a salad. Reach for whatever greens you like, add in some fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices and more and enjoy. homemade butter beans and ham

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What Do Butter Beans Taste Like 

Butter beans have a really velvety and smooth texture. They are savory and are super tasty. You will find butter beans are great for being a stand out ingredient in the dish. 

Are Butter Beans Good For You 

Butter beans are a great food to keep in rotation to your diet. They are a great source of fiber, vitamin B, protein, and so many other vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Plus beans have been known to help with cholesterol, reduce blood sugar, and help with gut care. 

What Size Instant Pot Was Used to Make Butter Beans 

I used the 6 quarts Instant Pot for this recipe. I have been asked if you could half the recipe. We don’t see why you couldn’t if you want to use a smaller Instant Pot or just want less servings. I am still somewhat new to the Instant Pot so I can’t 100% say with success.

Dried beans in Instant Pot are easy, and a great way to save money. See my post on Instant Pot dried beans!

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Instant Pot Butter Beans Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Instant Pot Butter Beans Recipe is easy, tasty and quick to make. A no soak butter bean recipe you will want to make over and over again.


  • • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • • 1 – 2 cups smoked ham, chopped into large chunks
  • • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • • 1 teaspoon salt
  • • 3 bay leaves
  • • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • • ¼ teaspoon red pepper
  • • 16 ounces dried lima beans (large beans), rinsed and sorted
  • • 2 ham hocks
  • • 6 cups chicken broth
  • • 2 cups water


    1. Turn Instant Pot on saute mode and add the vegetable oil. Add in smoked ham, red onion, and garlic, and saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to minute.
    2. Turn off the saute mode and add in butter, seasonings, beans, ham hocks, and liquid.
    3. Close the lid on Instant Pot and set the pressure valve to sealing.
    4. Set a high-pressure cooking time of 25 minutes, and allow for a natural pressure release of 15 minutes at the end of the cooking time, before releasing the rest of the pressure.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1200mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g

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Friday 30th of April 2021

Breaking in my new Instant Pot making this recipe today since it's a nasty rainy day! My grandmother made us butter beans when I was a kid and I absolutely loved them! I followed the recipe almost exactly, so we'll see how they turn out!


Friday 30th of April 2021

Hope you enjoy it, and congrats on your Instant Pot!


Sunday 4th of April 2021

I made this today on Easter. I couldn’t find the large butter beans I love so I had to use the smaller ones. I swapped the ham for smoked turkey tails and wings. I soaked them for 4 hours and proceeded with the instructions. It came out really yummy ! There is more liquid than I was expecting. Next time I will double the amount of beans used. I am baking cornbread right now. About to chow down !! Thank you !


Monday 5th of April 2021

I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe, and sounds like you had some great variations. The reason why you had some extra liquid is my recipe uses dry beans, and you soaked yours for a bit. So i think it didn't absorb all the liquid like it would with a dry bean. But, either way, it sounds like it was delicious!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Is there a recommendation for changes to cook time or ingredients if you only have baby Lima beans available, as opposed to the large?


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

@Kelsey, Thank you!


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

You should be able to keep the cook time the same and it should work just fine.


Thursday 7th of January 2021

This is delicious; however, I made some changes. I sliced a pound of kielbasa and substituted it for the meat in the recipe. My beans weren't done at 25 minutes and 15 min normal pressure release so I cooked them 10 more minutes with 15 min release. Perfect!


Wednesday 28th of October 2020

I'm a Southern woman. I love good ol' soul food. Turnip greens with either a ham hock, pig tales and neck bones or fat back, cornbread to soak in the pot liquor, fried green tomatoes, sliced tomatoes and onions, sweet tea and peach cobbler. And more. The large, cream colored butter beans are my absolute favorite type of bean. 25 minutes in the Instant Pot is fast indeed. But, if you soak the dry beans overnight, the beans only take around 6-8 minutes to cook. I'm cooking the butter beans tomorrow along with fried pork chops, rice, green beans, glazed carrots, marinated onions and roasted zuchinni. I make sure that the beans make a fair amount of what I call 'butter bean broth'. That way, I can crumble some cornbread or saltines in it and mix in some minced onion and a little minced garlic or garlic powder. I don't have any fat back or ham hocks but I do have some really nice thick sliced hickory smoked bacon. Your recipe looks tasty. I'd have to omit the red pepper. I'm very sensitive to hot spices and hot peppers


Thursday 18th of March 2021

@Stacy, I'm not from the South, but everything you described sounds amazing and has inspired some ideas for my next get together (especially the peach cobbler)!


Thursday 29th of October 2020

That sounds like an incredible dinner you are whipping up tomorrow!

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