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Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe with Garlic & Lemon

Learn how to make this Easy Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe with the flavors of garlic and lemon. It is easy, simple & a great side to any meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Dinner Sides, healthy snacks, Instant Pot Green Beans Recipe, Vegetarian Easter Sides
Servings: 2
Calories: 56kcal
Author: simplyvegetarian777


  • Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, Stirring Spoon,
  • Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
  • Kitchen Colander
  • Inner Pot
  • Kitchen Spatula
  • Steamer Basket for IP
  • Trivet for IP



Always keep the ingredients ready. Watch the video before making the recipe. ALWAYS read the NOTES for more options and tips.

    Prepare GREEN BEANS

    • First wash the beans in colander and drain well. Then trim the ends of the Green Beans.

    Place Green Beans in Instant Pot

    Steaming Beans in IP

    • Place the lid on top of the IP and set the valve to SEALING. Press PRESSURE COOK mode and set it on HIGH for 0 (zero) minutes. Once the timer goes off, do a QPR. For tender beans, pressure cook these for 1 minute.

    How to Season Green Beans with Lemon and Garlic?

    • First of all,  drain the water from the inner pot and wipe it dry with paper towel or kitchen towel. Put it back inside the IP. 
    • Now press Saute on normal and once the screen displays HOT, add oil to it. After a few seconds, add garlic and saute for few seconds. 
    • Add Steamed Green Beans to the inner pot and saute for 1 minute. If the pot gets too hot & browns at the bottom, then add 1 tbsp of water and de-glaze.
    • Now add Salt & Pepper + lemon zest. Give a quick mix. Cancel Saute. Remove beans from the pot to a serving platter. Give a good squeeze of lemon juice and serve warm.

    Can I make these in a Pan on a gas top?

    • If you do not have Instant Pot, then you can prepare it in a pan on a gas top.
      Prepare the green beans as instructed in the main recipe. Heat oil in the pan and saute garlic in it. Add trimmed green beans to it. Saute for few minutes on medium heat. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Switch off the heat. Add salt, pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice. Give it a good toss. It is ready.

    Other INSTANT POT SIDES to prepare with these Green Beans

    How do I eat these?

    • You can eat these as is. If you will skip the oil from the recipe and add the seasoning directly to the steamed beans, then these make a HEALTHY & WEIGHT WATCHERS FRIENDLY RECIPE.
    • It depends how you season these (see notes for options). You can serve these with fajitas, noodles, pasta, risotto, etc,.



    What are the other ways to season Green Beans?

    Here are fee options to season Green Beans -
    1. Olive Oil + Lemon & Garlic as mentioned in this recipe
    2. Butter & Salt + Pepper
    3. Olive Oil + Parmesan + Black Pepper
    4. Italian Seasoning + Red Chili Flakes
    5. Butter + Rosemary & Lemon
    6. Asian Dressing Sauce
    7. Taco Seasoning
    8. Fajita Seasoning
    The possibilities are endless.

    Tips for Perfectly Steamed Green Beans in Instant Pot

    1. Make sure to do QPR (quick pressure release/manual release) right after the timer goes off.
    2. Remove Beans immediately from the inner pot and set aside for further seasoning.

    How do I steam Beans if I do not have Steamer Basket?

    If you do not have the steamer basket, then you can steam 1/2 pound beans directly in Instant Pot in 1/2 cup water. For 1 pound green beans, use 1 cup water to steam. Follow the same timing and instructions.

    Can I make these in advance?

    Yes you can. And reheat in microwave before serving. Or you can keep them steamed before hand and season before serving. 

    Can I double the batch?

    Absolutely yes. Time will remain the same.

    Kitchen Gadgets for the Recipe

    Instant Pot
    Liner for IP
     Trivet for IP
    Instant Pot Steamer
    Kitchen Spoon
    Chopping Board & Knife
    Kitchen Colander
    Measuring Spoons


    Serving: 2g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 783IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg