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Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice Recipe

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Are you on the hunt for a hearty and filling dinner recipe?  Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice Recipe is just what you've been looking for! This recipe is rich and flavorful with just the right hint of spices.

The ingredients are sautéed till soft, then pressure cooked in chicken stock and mixed with rice. This Instant Pot one-pot sausage and rice is easy

cajun sausage and rice on white plate

This polish sausage recipe is one you will want to keep on hand. Instant pot sausage with rice is great for meal prepping for the week.

Why You Will Enjoy This Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice...

  • Simple ingredients
  • Affordable to make
  • Family-Friendly and Kid Approved
  • Easy to Make
  • Healthy
  • Great source of protein
  • Great Instant Pot Beginners Recipe

And speaking of healthy, this meal is just that!  Each serving is high in protein with 10.9 grams in each.

Variations To Recipe

Healthier Alternative: If you're looking for an even healthier option, you can use brown rice instead of white rice. Since brown rice is a whole grain it is higher in fiber and key nutrients. 

Spice it Up: Are you a fan of hot and spicy? Simply add more hot pepper sauce to meet your personal flavor preferences. This can easily be added to the whole pot while cooking or to individual servings before eating.

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  • Oil
  • Kielbasa
  • Onion
  • Pepper
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Chicken Broth
  • Steak Sauce
  • Rice
  • Hot Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Bay Leaves

How to Make

chopped bell peppers, onions and sausage being stirred by a wooden spoon

Step #1: First on the sauté mode. Then add oil and then cook peppers and onion until slightly tender.

Step #2: Add in the diced-up sausage. I like to make smaller-sized pieces.

chopped bell peppers, onions, sausage and diced tomatoes being stirred by a wooden spoon

Step #3: Toss in the diced tomatoes, bay leaves, sugar, steak sauce and hot pepper sauce.

chopped bellpeppers, onions and sausage with bay leaves, uncooked rice, and steak sauce being stirred by a wooden spoon

Step #4: Add in the rice and broth. Make sure the rice is submerged in the liquid.

sausage and rice recipe being cooked in chicken stock

Step #5: Next, set manual pressure for 5 minutes.

Finally, at the end of the pressure cycle. Allow a natural release of pressure for 5 minutes and then a quick release of any remaining pressure.

cooked sausage and rice recipe being stirred by a wooden spoon

Serve with additional peppers and/or cilantro or parsley.

sausage and rice recipe topped with chopped bell peppers and cilantro on a white plate

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If you do have leftover kielbasa recipes with rice dish it up into portion dishes and use for quick lunches or dinners after a long hard day at work.

This dish can be frozen but just know the vegetables and the rice will be a bit softer once it thaws. You can freeze the kielbasa and rice recipe with no problem.


Is Kielbasa sausage pre-cooked?

Yes. Kielbasa is a pre-cooked sausage that you can slice and eat cold or opt to heat up as I did in this recipe.

What is the difference - kielbasa vs andouille?

Andouille offers a more spicy flavor than Kielbasa. Both are similar and either one can be used for this recipe. Andouille is considered to be a cajun sausage.

Is this recipe spicy?

You will find you are in control of how spicy or mild you make the recipe. Omit the hot sauce if you don't enjoy spice. Or if you like spice add more.

What rice should I use for rice recipe?

I used a white long-grain rice, and you will find any long-grain white rice works. You could even swap with say Jasmine rice. Just know bolder flavored rice will change up the flavor.

Can I use brown rice for this Instant Pot recipe?

Brown rice takes longer to cook. So you will need to alter the liquid to rice ratio, and cooking time.
You will find using brown it can overcook the vegetables to make them very mushy in texture. I recommend to use white rice for a quicker cooking time.

Can I use cauliflower rice instead of white rice?

If you are wanting to use cauliflower rice, simply mix in, and do 0 minute cook, with a quick release of pressure. Anything more than that will make your cauliflower turn to mush.
Or leave the cauli-rice out and then stir in once you are done cooking, to allow the cauliflower rice to heat up.

Do I need to rinse white rice before cooking?

You will find that rinsing white rice helps to remove some of the excess starch. Rinsing rice is something that is more a personal preference on how you want the end result of your rice is.

Yield: 4 Servings

Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice Recipe

There is nothing better than the taste of Cajun seasoning accompanied by fluffy rice, with sausages. A delicious mix seasoned with different types of peppers and spices. Enjoy this recipe, spicy and colorful rice that the whole family will love.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  1. On sauté mode, add oil and then cook peppers and onion until slightly tender.
  2. Add in sausage and remaining ingredients.
  3. Set manual pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. At the end of the pressure cycle, allow a natural release of pressure for 5 minutes and then a quick release of any remaining pressure.
  5. Serve with additional peppers and/or cilantro or parsley. Makes 4 servings.



  • Can my dog have Cajun Sausage and Rice? The answer is simple: no. Sharing this recipe with your dog can cause more problems than you might imagine. Spicy foods can be toxic to dogs and can cause stomach problems such as pain, diarrhea, and gas.
  • Can my cat have Cajun Sausage and Rice? It is best not to let your cat indulge in this highly spiced food recipe, as it could cause an upset stomach or, if the flavoring comes from onions or garlic, it could even interfere with its health. Foods in the onion family are dangerous to most household pets. Spicy foods can cause serious gastrointestinal and digestive problems. which can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 330Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 43mgSodium 829mgCarbohydrates 25gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 10g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    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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