Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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Country-style green beans in the pressure cooker with potatoes and smoky ham.  Slow cooked flavor in under an hour in the Instant Pot. These tender green beans, potatoes and ham in a wickedly delicious broth are to die for good and perfect for Sunday supper.

Instant Pot Country Green in serving bowl with cornbread

Boy, did August get away from me and the blog, but I’m back!  No excuses, just busy and enjoying those dog days of summer.  I started working the season at a local farm, just behind my neighborhood.  They are known for their tomatoes, but they also have a peach orchard, blackberries and right now, the apple orchard is open and busy.  The stand is stocked with our fruits and vegetables as well as other locally grown produce.  I have been inspired by the farm fresh produce and all the customers who share their favorite cooking tips and canning recipes.  This recipe for Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot was inspired from working the farmstand this summer.

Instant Pot green beans, potatoes and ham in serving bowl.

I started overhearing customers talking about making a pot of green beans and potatoes and asked how they were making it.  All the answers included green beans, potatoes and ham, in the crockpot or simmered for a long time on the stovetop.  I heard the owner of the farm I work at makes a mean rendition of country-style green beans.  Tom explained to me how he makes them, in very precise detail.  I took his advice and then proceeded to make country-style green beans in my pressure cooker.

Ingredients photo, fresh green beans, new potatoes, ham shanks and onion.

It took several tries to get these green beans just right, each time I played around a little with the seasonings and timing.  Each batch was delicious and was gobbled up, especially by Meathead.  I’m still learning how to pressure cook ~ researching and adjusting ~ biggest learning curve for me is the whole timing thing.  But I’m getting the hang of it.

Close up in serving bowl.

I used fresh, seasonal green beans and red potatoes from the farm, and chicken stock and seasonings.  And the most important part?  The ham!!  I use ham shanks to flavor the broth and green beans.  They have a nice smoky flavor and there is just enough meat to cut off the bone when done cooking.  That said, you could also use a ham hock (smokier and more fatty, less meat) or a meaty ham bone or piece of ham.  A lot of southern-style green bean recipes use bacon, which I’m sure is delicious, but I really like ham in this dish, both for flavor and the meaty pieces.

Country green beans and potztoes in serving bowl.

I have been making these Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot almost weekly for the past month, usually to go with Sunday supper.  No complaints from Meathead, in fact he’s starting to expect a big bowl of country green beans every weekend.  It’s pretty easy to make him happy with this one, it’s a keeper ~ Kelly

Oh, speaking of being inspired by working the farmstand, you might like this Blackberry Peach Cobbler  or Blackberry Crisp I made from the fruit I picked, or my Fire Roasted Salsa I made from the best tomatoes in the Midwest!

Overhead of green beans and potatoes in bowl.

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Country green beans and potztoes in serving bowl.

Country Green Beans, Potatoes and Ham in the Instant Pot

Country-style green beans in the pressure cooker with potatoes and smoky ham.  Slow cooked flavor in under an hour in the Instant Pot.  These tender green beans, potatoes and ham in a wickedly delicious broth are to die for good and perfect for Sunday supper.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American/Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Kelly ~ the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke (optional)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 small, meaty ham shank pieces
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1¼ - 1½ lbs fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped in half
  • 8 small red or yellow new potatoes, peeled, cut in halves or quarters (or 3 medium/large potatoes, peeled, cut into small chunks)
  • 1 tbsp butter, divided

Instructions

  • Place chicken stock in pressure cooker and add seasonings, stir to combine. Place ham shanks in seasoned broth, seal pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.  Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open pressure cooker.  Add the chopped onion and then scatter half the potatoes over mixture, followed by half the green beans.  Place half the pat of butter on top.  Add remaining potatoes, followed by remaining green beans and pat of butter on top.  Seal and cook under high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Release pressure manually and carefully open pressure cooker.  Spoon green beans and potatoes into serving bowl while removing ham shank pieces/bones to cutting board.  Cut/shred meat off the ham bones and add to green beans and potatoes.  Spoon or pour cooking broth over green beans and potatoes and serve.  Enjoy.

Notes

  • I like to use ham shanks in this recipe.  Use 3 small, meaty pieces.  You could also use a ham hock or piece of ham.
  • I like adding just a smidge of liquid smoke for added flavor but you can certainly omit it.
  • And lastly, you can play around with the amounts of green beans and potatoes, just don't overfill the pressure cooker.
Keyword: Country green beans, potatoes and ham, Instant Pot fresh green beans and new potatoes, Instant Pot country green beans, southern style
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    Truly delicious.

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      How long would cook it with frozen green beans?

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      1. Kelly

        Not any longer, follow the times, it should be just fine.

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    Excellent recipe. I had closer to 2 lbs of green beans and doubled the broth. I probably didn’t need to but it won’t go to waste. I went with your recipe because I just can’t imagine making this with bacon or ordinary cubed ham. This was going to be a side but the amount of ham and the addition of potatoes makes it a great meal on its own. Add bread and something light like a salad and done.

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    Mary Lou Walsh

    January 1, 2018


    Awesome recipe I also adjusted with more broth, beans and potatoes!! Great!@@

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    I have some leftover fully cooked honey baked ham on the bone(in the freezer) Since the ham is already cooked, how would i adjust this recipe?

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    1. Kelly

      If it’s a meaty ham bone, just follow the directions as is.

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    Wish I would have browned the onion first. Also, I used smoked sausage slice in bite size pieces.

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    Teri Moore

    January 20, 2018

    I don’t have chicken stock. I just have ham hocks, green beans and potatoes can i still make it with water instead.

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    1. Kelly

      Definitely!

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      tina m.

      March 26, 2018

      Yes, the chicken broth just gives it a great taste…

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    If I used frozen turkey tails, would that work? Or would I have to thaw them first?

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    Loved the flavor in this recipe! I didn’t have ham shanks so I used partially cooked bacon and went straight to the 5 min high pressure cook and it was perfect!

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    perry yochum

    July 12, 2018


    I’m just getting used to the instant pot, and this is a great way to cook beans and potatoes..
    Thank You

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    1. Kelly

      We love this!! Just made it this past weekend with some skillet cornbread ~ so good!!

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    It’s delicious. I used pork loin air fried it for 30 mins then pressure cooked it for 40 mins . It was amazing

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    1. Kelly

      Glad you liked it! I know nothing about air frying, but it sounds good.

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    Green beans and ham are an old family favorite but loved the way it turned out in the IP! Thanks for sharing! I didn’t have chicken stock so used sodium free chic bullion and it is fabulous! Also I used ham hocks and they are wonderful for flavor!

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    Kortcoop

    July 30, 2018

    Are the beans still crunchy or more on the softer side? My husband can not stand a hard or crunchy green bean.

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    1. Kelly

      The beans are in the softer side, for sure.

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    Linda hall

    July 31, 2018

    Can I use a cottage ham. How long do i cook meat before i add green beans and new potatoes

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    1. Kelly

      I don’t know what cottage ham is?? I cook the ham shanks for 20 minutes under high pressure, then add the green beans and potatoes for another 5 minutes.

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    Marilyn Jacobs

    July 31, 2018


    Made this last night and we loved it. I did use fresh green beans and cooked it for 6 minutes. We like our beans firm and they were perfect. Also used Russet potatoes cut in quarters. The ham was pre cooked and sliced thick that we use for sandwiches Cut it in bit size chunks. Fun for be because I grew up with this cooked in stove top pressure cooker.

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    1. Kelly

      I’m so glad you liked it, it’s a favorite in my house!

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    We also like carrots in our meal. Should I add those in with the other veggies?

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    1. Kelly

      Yep, I would add with the potatoes and green beans.

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    Valerie Williams

    October 23, 2018


    I live in NE Pennsylvania and this is a very common dish. The first time I had it when I moved here I thought it was just awful. Canned beans and canned potatoes with a little ham cooked in water. I saw the possibilities though. I especially like the red pepper flakes, really gives it some umph. FYI because I keep forgetting to adjust quantities for my mini instant pot I didn’t have enough room. So I pulled my one large ham shank out at the end of the first cycle, pulled the meat off and put it in n the bottom of the pot and then layered the veggies on top. Worked perfectly. Also, used boxed chicken bone broth which isn’t as good as homemade but more flavorful than just boxed stock. Will be making again thanks!

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    1. Kelly

      Thanks for letting me know how this worked for you! I use store bought-chicken broth whenever I’m out of homemade and it’s perfectly fine. I’m so glad you liked it. And I agree, it’s so much better than the canned green bean versions.

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    made this while camping it was great on a cold rainy night diffently a do again

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    1. Kelly

      I bet it was good on a cold night, glad you liked it!

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    can I use canned green beans? do I adjust the cooking time?

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    1. Kelly

      I don’t think so, not in the pressure cooker, they’ll be way too mushy.

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    How would I adjust for fully cooked ham?

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    1. Kelly

      I would just follow recipe as written, ham is usually already cooked. It flavors the broth.

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    Made this tonight, it was delicious. My husband asked if I saved the recipe, so I can make again. Next time I think I’ll double it, everyone was getting seconds.

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    1. Kelly

      It’s my husband’s favorite, he loves it and asks for it all the time.

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    A.Hughes

    April 24, 2019

    I’m still new to the Instant Pot craze, since my kids gifted me at Christmas with my very own red beauty. I love ham and green beans and potatoes, so I thought I’d give your recipe a try.
    WOW!! You’ve made me a believer! The broth was delicious and the fresh green beans were
    perfectly cooked and not mushy. I will double the broth next time, as we didn’t have as much as we would’ve liked. Thanks for sharing this recipe and the tips and techniques you included as well.

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    1. Kelly

      I’m so glad you tried it and liked it. What a great way to break in the Instant Pot. Thanks so much for letting me know how it went. It’s my husband’s favorite and I’m making it this weekend.

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    This was excellent the only different item I did was cooked my green beans separate on the oven used canned string beans, sprinkled all seasons Italian dressing and butter on them and baked for 15 minutes at 350. I did not have a bone just left over ham and just cut in up and added with cut up potatoes with the listed seasonings and did not use the liquid smoke. Overall it was so so good and easy easy.

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