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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.

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 farm stand 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 (or pot liquor) 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-style green beans almost weekly for the past month, usually for Sunday supper.  No complaints from Meathead, in fact he’s starting to expect a big bowl of country green beans every weekend, with cornbread to soak up all the ‘pot likker’.  It’s pretty easy to make him happy with this one, it’s a keeper ~ Kelly🍴🐦

Oh, speaking of being inspired by working the farm stand, 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.
5 from 19 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 Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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: instant pot country green beans, instant pot southern green beans and potatoes, instant pot fresh green beans and new potatoes
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 31st of January 2021

Absolutely Delicious! I didn't have fresh green beans so I used canned and drained them. I will definitely make these again!


Monday 1st of February 2021

Happy to hear you liked the recipe, Gail! I've never tried with canned beans, but I might try in a pinch.


Saturday 31st of October 2020

Awesome recipe. Full of flavor.


Friday 25th of September 2020

Delicious. Couldn’t find ham shanks so substituted mild Italian sausage. Sprinkled a little paprika on serving bowls.


Tuesday 29th of September 2020

Interesting substitution, sounds delicious!


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Use this recipe as a framework for my dish. Ingredients: green beans, red potatoes cut up in moderate-sized chunks, Spam, sweet onion cut in chunks, minced garlic, and Tony Cacherre Cajun seasoning. Cooked everything in my Instant Pots. Spam (sauteed until cooked & browned) & then sauteed with onion and garlic. Green beans pressure cooked with potatoes for 5 minutes and then allowed natural release for 5 minutes, then manually released the rest. Mix everything together and added Cajun seasoning. Taste#9/10. Spiciness: #1/10. This will be a regular addition to my menu! Bon Appetit!

Charmin Patterson

Saturday 25th of July 2020

5 Stars! Made three times and will always make this recipe. I like to use flat Italian flat green beans from my garden and gold potatoes and a ham hock but any potatoes will work!