Bean Cooking Times

Bean Cooking Times, slow cooker, pressure cooker, dry beans, pulses,
Cooked Beans

Exact times are impossible to give, because of variables such as the bean age, altitude, bean dryness, all impact cooking time.  The table of times below provides approximate cooking times for many of the more common beans.

Exact times are impossible to give because of variables such as the bean age, altitude, bean dryness, all of which impact cooking time.  The time chart below provides approximate cooking times for many of the more common beans.

In the age of slow-cookers, I don’t really recommend pressure cooking, but it does work, if appropriate care is taken.

Please note, that I have provided the soaking time, because most cooks soak their beans.  However, I haven’t soaked my beans in years, except for special circumstances.  Since I, usually, make a variation on kettles overnight on my slow-cooker /crockpot, then work from there.  This approach works well and since I like a bowl of beans for breakfast (especially, with cornbread) it works for me and my daughter eats them like crazy, as well. For bean with shorter cooking duration (e.g. Tepary beans), I usually put them on low or medium overnight or cook them during the day, when I can check on them periodically.

Table of Bean Cooking Times

Dried Beans

(1 cup)

Soaking Time

Stovetop (Simmer) or slow cooker (on High)

Pre-soaked Pressure Cooking Time

AdzukiNone45 – 50 mins5 – 7 mins

Anasazi

6 – 8 hrs1- 1 1/2 hrs4 – 6 mins

Appaloosa

10-12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins

Black (Turtle)

6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins

Broad Bean

8 – 10 hrs45 – 60 minsNot Recommended

Calypso

6-8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

Cannellini

4 – 6 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins

Chick-Pea (Garbanzo)

8 – 10 hrs1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hrs10 – 13 mins

Chili Beans (Pink)

4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins

Colorado

8 – 10 hrs3 hrs15 – 20 mins

Cranberry

10 – 12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins

Fava

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 minsNot Recommended

Great Northern (White)

4 – 6 hrs45 – 60 mins4 – 9 mins

Jacob’s Cattle

10 – 12 hrs1-1 1/2 hrs15 – 20 mins

Kidney (large)

8 – 10 hrs3 hrs15 – 20 mins

Kidney (small)

4 – 6 hrs1 – 1 1/2 hrs5 – 8 mins

Kidney Bean (White)

4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins

Lima (Large)/ Butterbean

8 – 10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended

Lima, Baby

4 – 6 hrs45 – 50 minsNot Recommended

Madagascar

8 -10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended

Marrow Fat (White)

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins4 – 5 mins

Mennonite (pole)

10 – 12 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

Mexican (Black)

6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins

Mexican Red

4 -6 hrs60 – 90 mins5 – 8 mins

Navy (White)

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Yankee Bean

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Pearl Haricot

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Flageolet

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Boston Navy Bean

8 -10 hrs45 – 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Pink Beans

4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins

Pinto

6 – 8 hrs1 1/2 hrs10 – 12 mins

Portuguese (pole)

4 – 6 hrs45 to 60 min6 – 8 mins

Rajma

4 – 6 hrs1 – 1 1/2 hrs5 – 8 mins

Rattlesnake

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins6 – 8 mins

Red Bean

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins5 – 8 mins

Runner Bean (All Types)

4 – 6 hrs1 1/2 hrs9 – 12 mins

Soldier

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

Soybean

8 -10 hrs3 hrs15 mins

Spanish (Black)

6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins

Swedish Brown

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

Tampico

6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins

Tepary Bean

8 -10 hrs2 – 4 hrs30 mins

Tongue of Fire

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

Venezuelan

6 – 8 hrs45 – 60 mins10 -12 mins

Windsor

8 – 10 hrs60 – 90 minsNot Recommended

Yellow Eye

6 – 8 hrs45 to 60 mins15 – 20 mins

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