Cook Beans the Fast and Foolproof Way in an Instant Pot UncategorizedBean Bulletin, Cooking The Instant Pot is a programmable electric pressure cooker and much more. It also functions as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and steamer. It’s custom-made for cooking beans since the Instant Pot includes a number of pre-set smart cooking programs and one of them is dedicated to beans. Just place one pound of rinsed dried beans plus six cups of water in the Instant Pot, add whatever seasonings you like, and choose the function for cooking beans. If you like especially soft beans, you can add an extra 10 minutes of cooking time to the program. If you enjoy exploring the latest kitchen appliances, an Instant Pot provides a fun and foolproof way to cook beans.