How to Cook Dried Beans Recipe

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Addison Published: April 1, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make How to Cook Dried Beans

An uncomplicated, step-by-step guide to cooking the perfect dried beans: it’s a simple task of sorting, soaking, cooking, salting, and storing!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 50 minutes



  • 1lbbeans,dried, such as chickpeas, great northern, cannellini, navy, or black beans
  • water
  • 4tspkosher salt,divided


  1. Pull out and discard any small stones or wrinkled or broken beans.

  2. Place the beans in a bowl. Cover with 2 to 3 inches of water. Cover and leave on the countertop until you are ready to cook them the following day. Drain the water. Rinse the beans.

  3. In a large pot set over medium-high heat, add the beans and cover them with water until it reaches about 3 inches above the beans.

  4. Bring the beans up to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Leave the pot uncovered and cook.

  5. After about 40 minutes, check a bean to taste it. Continue cooking until the beans are creamy but intact for about another 20 to 50 minutes.

  6. Serve when ready.


  • Calories: 23.44kcal
  • Fat: 0.17g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.27g
  • Fiber: 2.04g
  • Sugar: 2.46g
  • Protein: 1.38g
  • Sodium: 175.80mg
  • Calcium: 28.08mg
  • Potassium: 159.55mg
  • Iron: 0.78mg
  • Vitamin A: 26.46µg
  • Vitamin C: 9.22mg
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