Oven Cooked Dry Beans

Total Time
1hr 32mins
Prep 2 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is more a method than it is a recipe, but I tried it with navy beans and it actually works. Just think of it! Dry beans cooked in less than 2 hours (mine cooked in 90 minutes) and you don't even have to pre-soak them. I found this at a site called the Kitchn. It says in the article that you can also use a clay pot.


  1. Turn oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Put beans in a Dutch oven or large pan with a well-fitting lid.
  3. Add salt.
  4. Add water till it's about 1" over the beans.
  5. Cover and bake about 75 minutes.
  6. Stir and check to see if they're tender.
  7. If done, remove from oven.
  8. Otherwise cook for 15 minutes and check again. Continue the 15 minute intervals until they're done, adding water if they start getting dry.
  9. Use in your favorite bean recipe.
Most Helpful

I've been around this site for over 10 years now, and I have to say if your a bean eater this recipe is GOLD and it will be put to use weekly! Okra, thank you so much for posting this method. My beans took two hours however my oven is running cool so I expected it. I added 2 bay leaves as I'm using these beans tomorrow for New Years Day Ham and Beans. And the beans.....those babies are perfect! Talk about a useful recipe-thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to post it!

Dib's December 31, 2012

What a gem of a recipe/method! I was using plain old Navy beans so elected to add a couple of cloves of garlic, some celery greens and a bay leaf to the water. I had more than 1 lb. of beans so it took a little longer for mine to cook. Likely just under 2 hours.
Thanks for sharing this awesome method!

K9 Owned October 16, 2012

This is an awesome method that will RESCUE me from starvation!! Dib is right, this is GOLD!! I just switched to a Vegan diet and walk around hungry all the time cuz I'm too lazy or too disorganized to presoak beans etc....with this NO Worries. I did organic navy beans and they were delicious...threw in onion, garlic, bay leaves, a littlle salt pork (yeah, a little flavor trumps strict vegan), salt, pepper....and it is delicious....ready in two hours! I will use this several times a week....thank you so much.<br/>Update: I used this again for chickpeas for a great success. Took about 3 hours at 325. Much more tender than any other batch of chickpeas I've cooked on the burner. Just delicious. Thanks again! I hope others try this method...I'm a total convert.

ScottAtlanta May 24, 2013