(Almost) Instant Chickpeas

The Instant Pot is a terrific tool for cooking dried beans because it saves you hours of soaking and simmering. Cooking times can vary depending on the batch, so test a chickpea after cooking, and if it’s still tough, add another 5 minutes cook time, then repeat.

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2 1/2 cups
40 min


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 tsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf


1. To the Instant Pot, add 4 cups water, chickpeas, oil, salt and bay leaf. Lock lid and set release valve to Sealing. Press Pressure and set to More/High; adjust cooking time to 40 minutes.

2. When cooking is done, let
pressure release for 10 minutes (don’t move the vent). Carefully set release valve to Venting. When metal pin in lid falls and all pressure is released, unlock lid. Test a chickpea; if still tough, lock on lid, press Pressure and set to More/High for another
5 minutes. Drain.

Tip: Soak Dried Chickpeas To Enhance Digestibility

You don’t have to soak legumes before cooking them in the Instant Pot, but if you have a sensitive stomach, we recommend that you do. If using either of these methods below, reduce pressure-cooking time in Step 1 to 25 minutes.

Quicksoak: Combine water, chickpeas, oil, salt and bay leaf in the Instant Pot. Press Sauté and set to More/High. Bring to a simmer. Press Cancel. Lock lid and set release valve to Sealing and make sure the Keep Warm button is off. Press Pressure and set to More/High; adjust cooking time to 2 minutes. When cooking is done, let pressure release for 5 minutes (don’t move the vent). Carefully set release valve to Venting. When metal pin in lid falls and all pressure is released, unlock lid. Drain and rinse, then proceed to recipe.

Overnight soak: Alternatively, soak dried chickpeas in plenty of cold water for 8 hours. Drain and rinse then proceed to recipe.

Switch it up: Make any of your favorite beans or lentils in your Instant Pot. Check out instantpot.com for a chart with cooking times.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/2 cup
  • Calories 144
  • Carbohydrate Content 23 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 3 g
  • Fiber Content 6 g
  • Protein Content 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 202 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g