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How to Cook Dried Beans from Scratch

Once you learn how to cook dried beans from scratch, you’ll want to say ‘goodbye’ to the canned stuff!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 127kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 lb dried beans about 2 1/3 cups
  • 6 cups water or broth
  • Seasonings (salt, fresh herbs, etc)


  • Prepare the Beans. Rinse and sort through the beans. Then decide if you will soak, quick soak, or not soak.

Quick Soak

  • Place rinsed beans in a large pot. Cover with 6-8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover with lid and let stand for 1 hour.

Overnight Soak

  • Place rinsed beans in a large pot. Cover the beans with 6-8 cups of cold water. Let stand overnight or for about 6-8 hours.

Cooking the Beans

  • Add aremoatics lik fresh herbs. Bring beans and water to a simmer over medium heat. Cook beans until tender, for about 1-2 hours, depending on the size of the beans. Add salt haflway through cooking.


  • The size of the bean will affect how long you need to cook the beans.
Size Cook Time
Small beans (black beans, pinto beans, navy beans) 60 - 90 minutes
Medium beans (Great northern, 90-120 minutes
Large beans (Lima beans, Butter beans, red kidney beans) 90- 160 minutes
  • Cooking the beans in the soaking water will result in flavorful beans. You may discard the soaking water and cook the beans in fresh water. 


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg