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Mardi Gras may have come and gone, but making this Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe will transport you right to the heart of Louisiana Creole country.
Traditionally, red beans and rice is made on Mondays, by using the pork bones left over from Sunday's dinner.
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The classic method for cooking red beans and rice is to keep them simmering away on the stove all day, so that they cook while the Monday chores get done. Continuing that tradition, many restaurants still offer a red beans and rice special on Mondays.
This Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe is the perfect solution for the more modern, busy lifestyle.
Thanks to the wonder of the Instant Pot, you can achieve that cooked-all-day flavor by simply tossing the ingredients into the Instant Pot and letting the pressure cooker do all the work. So easy!
And, you will love the smoky, spicy, and complex flavors of this Instant Pot Red beans and Rice Recipe, thanks to ingredients like:
- red beans
- kielbasa sausage
- red onion
- bell pepper
- cayenne pepper
- Cajun seasoning
What are the Ingredients in Cajun Seasoning?
There are many top-secret recipes out there for Cajun seasoning, and some that have been passed from generation to generation. but it almost always includes the following: salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
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How To Make Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe, Step By Step
Step #1: Turn Instant Pot onto sauté setting and add oil, onion, pepper and celery. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, and then turn off the sauté mode.
Step #2: Add all of the remaining ingredients, with the exception of the kielbasa. Close the Instant Pot lid, turn pressure valve to sealed, and set manual pressure on high for 30 minutes.
Step #3: Do a quick release when the pressure cooking time has elapsed, add sausage, turn the valve back to sealed and then set for an additional 15 minutes manual pressure on high.
Step #4: When the final cooking time has finished, allow for a complete natural pressure release. This will take 20-25 minutes.
Step #5: Serve over white or brown rice, and enjoy!
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Red Beans and Rice Recipe
- 16 ounces small dry red beans, rinsed and sorted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 large red onion, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and stem removed, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 16 ounces kielbasa sausage, sliced
- Turn Instant Pot onto sauté setting and add oil, onion, pepper and celery. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, and then turn off the sauté mode.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients, with the exception of the kielbasa. Close the Instant Pot lid, turn pressure valve to sealed, and set manual pressure on high for 30 minutes.
- Do a quick release when the pressure cooking time has elapsed, add sausage, turn the valve back to sealed and then set for an additional 15 minutes manual pressure on high.
- When the final cooking time has finished, allow for a complete natural pressure release. This will take 20-25 minutes.
- Serve over white or brown rice.
Beans and other legumes can cause gas in the intestine. Here are some ways to reduce flatulence caused by legumes:
- Change the water several times while they are soaking. Do not cook the beans in the soaking water. The water will have absorbed some of the indigestible carbohydrates that produce gases.
- Try eating canned beans - the canning process converts some of the gas-producing carbohydrates into digestible products.
- Simmer the beans until tender. This also makes them easier to digest.
- When consuming dishes with legumes, try a product to aid digestion, such as Beano, to see if the amount of gas is reduced.
- When adding more beans and legumes to your diet, be sure to drink enough water and exercise regularly so that the increased dietary fiber can be processed in the gastrointestinal system.
More cooking tips:
- The beans are done when they can be easily smashed between two fingers or with a fork.
- If you want to freeze the cooked beans for later use, soak them in cold water until cool; then drain well and freeze.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 44mgSodium 1356mgCarbohydrates 20gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 4gSugar 4gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 13g
Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.
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