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Overhead closeup of lima beans with ham pieces in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Lima Beans and Ham


  • 1 pound dry baby lima beans
  • 4 cups cubed, chopped or shredded fully cooked ham
  • 11/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional:  fresh chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Rinse and sort beans in a colander, removing and discarding any debris.
  2. Place beans and remaining ingredients (except parsley) in the insert of your Instant Pot (I used an 8 quart) and stir well to combine.
  3. Place the lid on and lock.  Steam release knob should be set on “sealing”.
  4. Cook on manual setting (high pressure) for 25 minutes.  Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove lid and stir.  Remove and discard bay leaf.  Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.


  • Cook time includes the time it took my pot to come to pressure and natural pressure release time.
  • I used an Instant Pot LUX80 8 quart in this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 50