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Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling

instant pot chickpeas served in a dish with fresh rosemary

Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling

This guide is all you need to learn how to make Instant Pot Chickpeas. I am answering all your questions about how to soak chickpeas, how to cook them, how to put them to good use in some easy and delicious chickpea recipes and giving you lots of flavor ideas!

instant pot chickpeas served in a dish with fresh rosemary

All About Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are one of those ingredients that I always have available in my pantry!

Legumes, and particularly, chickpeas are a staple of vegan and vegetarian cooking. These protein-packed legumes have a mild, nutty flavor with just a touch of earthiness. If they are cooked right, they turn out tender and buttery. They are the base ingredient for my favorite snack dip – hummus. They’re also super versatile and can be incorporated in a variety of recipes for flavor, texture and as a great source of plant-based protein. We love using them in soup, sandwiches, tossed in orzo, in salads, or even as a tasty crunchy snack!

Canned chickpeas are great to have on-hand for convenience, and I do use them regularly. So, why would we want to take the extra time to cook dried chickpeas?

First, buying dried chickpeas is way more budget-friendly. In addition, chickpeas that are cooked from scratch will produce the best results in terms of flavor and texture. Homemade chickpeas taste way better than canned and turn out super tender, creamy and almost buttery. Canned chickpeas simply cannot compete! As an added plus, cooking your own chickpeas gives you all of the control when it comes to sodium and added flavorings. 

Now, let’s get to all of the details on how to cook Instant Pot Chickpeas!

cooking chickpeas in an Instant Pot

Ingredients we’re working with:

Just 2 key ingredients is all you need and you’re well on your way to the best chickpeas! Here’s everything you need, including flavor suggestions, to make homemade chickpeas:

  • Chickpeas – soaked in water 6 hours prior to making this recipe.
  • Vegetable broth – for cooking the chickpeas. I like to use broth for extra flavor, but water works too.
  • Seasonings – see the section below for lots of delicious flavor ideas!

Flavor Suggestions (all added in Step 1 unless designated otherwise)

While chickpeas are great as-is for making hummus, tossing into salads and more; you can add other spices and such to make these take on any flavor you’re craving!

  • Garlic and Herb: 2 cloves garlic and 1 sprig rosemary 
  • Garlic and Paremsan: 2 cloves garlic added in step 1 and ¼ cup grated parmesan added in step 4 
  • Taco: 1 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon paprika 
  • Asian: ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
serving Instant Pot chickpeas with a wooden spoon

How to make Instant Pot Chickpeas:

Making Instant Pot Chickpeas is super simple! You’ll just need to remember to, first, soak the chickpeas in water for at least 6 hours (or overnight). Trust me, you will get the best results if you soak the chickpeas before cooking them. They will turn out softer and will get fully cooked in the center. Here are the cooking details, but for the full, printable recipe, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Add ingredients to Instant Pot. Add the chickpeas, vegetable broth, and your seasonings of choice to the Instant Pot. 
  2. Cook chickpeas. Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the “sealing” position. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook – Manual for 13 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, switch the valve to the “venting” position to release any additional pressure. 
  3. Serve. Drain the chickpeas and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with seasonings as a side dish or use in any recipe that calls for chickpeas. 

Pro tip: I have and love this 6-Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link).

Instant Pot Chickpeas

Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling | Simple Vegan
Home Simple Vegan Vegan Recipes Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling

Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling

instant pot chickpeas served in a dish with fresh rosemary

Instant Pot Chickpeas | Food with Feeling

This guide is all you need to learn how to make Instant Pot Chickpeas. I am answering all your questions about how to soak chickpeas, how to cook them, how to put them to good use in some easy and delicious chickpea recipes and giving you lots of flavor ideas!

instant pot chickpeas served in a dish with fresh rosemary

All About Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are one of those ingredients that I always have available in my pantry!

Legumes, and particularly, chickpeas are a staple of vegan and vegetarian cooking. These protein-packed legumes have a mild, nutty flavor with just a touch of earthiness. If they are cooked right, they turn out tender and buttery. They are the base ingredient for my favorite snack dip – hummus. They’re also super versatile and can be incorporated in a variety of recipes for flavor, texture and as a great source of plant-based protein. We love using them in soup, sandwiches, tossed in orzo, in salads, or even as a tasty crunchy snack!

Canned chickpeas are great to have on-hand for convenience, and I do use them regularly. So, why would we want to take the extra time to cook dried chickpeas?

First, buying dried chickpeas is way more budget-friendly. In addition, chickpeas that are cooked from scratch will produce the best results in terms of flavor and texture. Homemade chickpeas taste way better than canned and turn out super tender, creamy and almost buttery. Canned chickpeas simply cannot compete! As an added plus, cooking your own chickpeas gives you all of the control when it comes to sodium and added flavorings. 

Now, let’s get to all of the details on how to cook Instant Pot Chickpeas!

cooking chickpeas in an Instant Pot

Ingredients we’re working with:

Just 2 key ingredients is all you need and you’re well on your way to the best chickpeas! Here’s everything you need, including flavor suggestions, to make homemade chickpeas:

  • Chickpeas – soaked in water 6 hours prior to making this recipe.
  • Vegetable broth – for cooking the chickpeas. I like to use broth for extra flavor, but water works too.
  • Seasonings – see the section below for lots of delicious flavor ideas!

Flavor Suggestions (all added in Step 1 unless designated otherwise)

While chickpeas are great as-is for making hummus, tossing into salads and more; you can add other spices and such to make these take on any flavor you’re craving!

  • Garlic and Herb: 2 cloves garlic and 1 sprig rosemary 
  • Garlic and Paremsan: 2 cloves garlic added in step 1 and ¼ cup grated parmesan added in step 4 
  • Taco: 1 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon paprika 
  • Asian: ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
serving Instant Pot chickpeas with a wooden spoon

How to make Instant Pot Chickpeas:

Making Instant Pot Chickpeas is super simple! You’ll just need to remember to, first, soak the chickpeas in water for at least 6 hours (or overnight). Trust me, you will get the best results if you soak the chickpeas before cooking them. They will turn out softer and will get fully cooked in the center. Here are the cooking details, but for the full, printable recipe, reference the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Add ingredients to Instant Pot. Add the chickpeas, vegetable broth, and your seasonings of choice to the Instant Pot. 
  2. Cook chickpeas. Attach the lid and ensure the valve is in the “sealing” position. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook – Manual for 13 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, switch the valve to the “venting” position to release any additional pressure. 
  3. Serve. Drain the chickpeas and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with seasonings as a side dish or use in any recipe that calls for chickpeas. 

Pro tip: I have and love this 6-Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link).

Instant Pot Chickpeas