How to Microwave Beans

// How to Microwave Beans

Prep Time

1 mins

Cook Time

45-60 mins

Free Time

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When it comes to cooking dried beans, it's all about efficient hydration. While cooking this pantry staple in the microwave, the beans soak up all the liquid, cutting cook times compared to the stovetop method. Make sure you’re using an Anyday Large Deep Dish! This dish size ensures that the beans have enough water for them to hydrate fully, without drying out or overcooking.

And before you ask…Yes, it takes about an hour to fully cook beans in the microwave. You may also be thinking: “Is it okay to run my microwave for that long?” and the answer to that is also yes! The secret is in the lower power level, which is a safe, contained cooking method that rivals the stovetop and is more energy efficient.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Large Deep Dish

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

1/4 cup dry beans

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Large Deep Dish


  • ¼ cup (40g) dry beans, such as black, pinto or kidney.
  • 8 cups (1920ml) water, split


  1. Place the dried beans and 4 cups of water in the Anyday dish. Cover with the lid and soak overnight at room temperature.
  2. The next day, strain the beans and add the now-soaked beans back into the Anyday and add the remaining 4 cups of water.
  3. Cook in the microwave uncovered at Power Level 8tooltip for 45-60 minutes, or until the water is almost gone and the beans are tender.
  4. Strain if needed and use as desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Strain the beans and season them with BBQ sauce for a quick side.
  • Add them to soups and salads for extra plant-based protein.
  • Season with ready-to-use pesto, salsa, or dressings for a simple and tasty dish.
  • Make hummus with them for a twist on classic hummus

Recipe notes

  • Soaked beans will double in size, so when cooking beans, keep in mind that the ingredients listed will double or even triple in size once cooked, resulting in a larger quantity.
  • All serving sizes use the same amount of water when cooked.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Dry Beans

See for yourself— microwaving dry beans is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 60 mins
Stovetop* 90 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 58 mins
*Includes preheat time

All You Need to Know About Microwaving Beans

How long does take to cook dried beans in the microwave?

Ingredient Water Power Level Cook Time
½ cup soaked beans (70g) 4 cups water (900ml) 8 60 minutes
1 cup soaked beans (140g) 4 cups water (900ml) 8 60 minutes
1½ cups soaked beans (210g) 4 cups water (900ml) 8 60 minutes
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

It typically takes around about an hour (60 minutes) to cook dried beans in the microwave at a reduced power level. The beans will hydrate quickly and efficiently for tender and delicious results. First, soak the beans overnight, then drain and rinse them before placing them in an Anyday dish with water. Cover the dish and cook in the microwave at the indicated lower power, checking for tenderness for 45 minutes and adjusting the time as needed.

Can you cook all types of beans in the microwave?

Yes, you can cook all types of beans like black, pinto, kidney, cannellini, red, and garbanzo beans in the microwave. Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the bean variety. It's important to soak beans overnight, rinse them, and then microwave them in a uncovered dish with water. Always ensure the beans are fully cooked to tenderness, as undercooked beans can be hard to digest.

Can I mix beans and cook them together?

While some soup mixes come with a selection of dry beans to cook together, we recommend cooking different beans separately because not all varieties cook for the same amount of time. If you have a mix you like to use and they all have similar cooking times, there is no problem in mixing and cooking them together.

How to freeze microwaved beans?

Before freezing, let the cooked beans cool to room temperature. Then, spread them out in an even layer on a baking sheet to prevent the beans from clumping while they freeze. Once frozen, transfer the beans to Anytime Freezer Trays so that they can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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