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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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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.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice after cooking with kielbasa added

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
  • celery
  • bell pepper
  • garlic
  • 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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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe served in bowls

Useful Cooking Supplies

  • Kitchen Scale- A kitchen scale is a must to have for so many recipes in order to have accurate measurements. This is something that is often overlooked in recipes.
  • Meat Thermometer- Having a meat thermometer is essential. I have gone through so many 'inexpensive' thermometers that I finally invested in a heavy duty digital thermometer from BBQ guys. It was so worth it!
  •  Instant Pot Inner Pot - I like to have an extra inner pot available because of how much cooking I do in my Instant Pot. It comes in handy when I want to put a lid on the inner pot and refrigerate the leftovers, or mix up ingredients the night before to save time at the end of the day.
  • Silicone Lid for Instant Pot- I'm not sure how I lived without this one. Having a silicone lid for my Instant Pot has made life so much easier. It is perfect for adding ingredients a day or two ahead of time.
  • 101 Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners-  If you are new to pressure cooking, this is a great ebook to get you started with basic recipes you will use over and over again.

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.

Red onion, yellow pepper and celery in instant pot

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.

Add all of the remaining ingredients, with the exception of the kielbasa in the Instant Pot

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.

Kielbasa cut into pieces

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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Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Recipe

This Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice recipe is loaded with smoky, spicy, complex flavors, but is so easy to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  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.
  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.
  4. When the final cooking time has finished, allow for a complete natural pressure release. This will take 20-25 minutes.
  5. Serve over white or brown rice.

Notes

Serve with rice.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 44mgSodium 1356mgCarbohydrates 20gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 4gSugar 4gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 13g

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Matthew B Cobb

Sunday 12th of January 2020

How much water?

Jessica

Saturday 18th of January 2020

It's in the recipe. It's 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water.