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Instant Pot Baby Lima Beans | The Foodie Eats

Instant Pot Baby Lima Beans

Super simple meatless butterbeans that are tender and sweet. Vegetarian or vegan recipe (depending on the butter you choose).
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Resting 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 126kcal
Author Gary White


  • 28-30 oz. fresh frozen baby lima beans *
  • 3 cups water really just enough to cover beans
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter can sub vegan butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Place beans, water, black pepper, butter, and bay leaf in IP. Lock lid, close vent, and set manual time for 7 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release the pressure.
  • Open lid and add salt. Mix well, then allow to sit for at least 10 minutes on warm setting.
  • Serve and enjoy!



  • Opinions will vary, but in my experience, if you add the salt before cooking, the skin of the beans will be tougher. It is kind of a rule-of-thumb to always add salt to beans AFTER they are cooked.
  • You can use slightly more or less beans. As long as they are covered in water, the cook time will remain the same.
  • Bags of frozen lima beans are marked "fresh frozen", as they are fresh beans that have been frozen. You may use either fresh frozen, or fresh lima beans for this recipe. This recipe was not written for dried beans. 


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.8mg