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My mom is from New Orleans, so I grew up eating a lot of red beans and rice and just love it.  Sadly, I never learned how to make it myself so I have always resorted to going to Popeye’s Chicken when I craved red beans and rice. 

Well, with the current state of things, and the limited number of things available at the grocery store, I thought this was the perfect time to make my own version of red beans and rice in the Instant Pot!

red beans and rice

I was lucky enough to get the very last bag of red kidney beans and smoked sausage (no andouille sausage was available).  Sadly, there was no rice left at the store but my sister managed to find some at another grocery store!  Yes!!  So, I was able to make red beans and rice, minus a couple of ingredients that I would normally add in. 

red beans and rice


Tips for making Red Beans and Rice in the Instant Pot:


1.Using this recipe, there is no need to pre-soak your beans.  Woo Hoo!  That’s good news since soaking can take several hours. 

2.Be sure to thoroughly rinse your red beans and double check to make sure that there are no tiny rocks in the bag. 

3.  While I did use red kidney beans in this recipe, you could change up the type of beans that you use.  The cooking time may need to be adjusted based on the type of beans that you use. 

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Ingredients for making Red Beans and Rice in the Instant Pot:


  • 1 pound sausage- either andouille or smoked sausage works- cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers-optional
  • 1/4 cup diced celery-optional
  • 1 pound dried red  kidney beans-rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning- I used Tony Chacheres 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • cooked rice-1 cup per serving

Directions for making Red Beans and Rice in the Instant Pot:


1 Turn Instant Pot on “saute” on high.  Once hot, add in olive oil and sausage and stir until evenly browned on all sides.

2Once sausage is evenly browned, add in onion, green pepper, celery and garlic and saute until onions are tender. Stir well and use the liquid from the vegetables to deglaze the bottom of the pot.  Do so by gently scraping the bottom of the pot with your spatula to get all of the browned sausage bits off the bottom of the pot.

3Once all vegetables are tender, add in Cajun seasoning, thyme, salt and pepper.  

4Stir well and then pour in beans and chicken broth.  No need to stir.  Add in the bay leaves.  

5Close pressure cooking lid and set timer to 60 minutes.  Make sure that the pressure cooking valve is in the “sealed” position.  When the timer beeps, naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes and then remove lid.  

6Remove the bay leaves, which should be right on top.


7Using a potato masher, mash the red beans 5 or 6 times.  You do not want to mash all of the beans, just enough to break open some of the beans to increase the creaminess of the red beans. 


8Serve with cooked white rice.  Enjoy!

 

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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

4.7 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Natural Release: 15 minutes
Calories: 2211kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sausage (either andouille or smoked sausage-cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup onions (diced)
  • ¼ cup bell peppers (diced-optional)
  • ¼ cup celery (diced-optional)
  • 1 pound red kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Tony Chacheres or Old Bay)
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme (dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • cooked rice

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot on “saute” on high.  Once hot, add in olive oil and sausage and stir until evenly browned on all sides.
  • Once sausage is evenly browned, add in onion, green pepper, celery and garlic and saute until onions are tender. Stir well and use the liquid from the vegetables to deglaze the bottom of the pot.  Do so by gently scraping the bottom of the pot with your spatula to get all of the browned sausage bits off the bottom of the pot.
  • Once all vegetables are tender, add in Cajun seasoning, thyme, salt and pepper.  
  • Stir well and then pour in beans and chicken broth.  No need to stir.  Add in the bay leaves. 
  • Close pressure cooking lid and set timer to 60 minutes.  Make sure that the pressure cooking valve is in the “sealed” position.  When the timer beeps, naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes and then remove lid.  
  • Remove the bay leaves, which should be right on top.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the red beans 5 or 6 times.  You do not want to mash all of the beans, just enough to break open some of the beans to increase the creaminess of the red beans. 
  • Serve with cooked white rice.  Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 2211kcal | Carbohydrates: 123g | Protein: 116g | Fat: 140g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 8664mg | Potassium: 4433mg | Fiber: 38g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3590IU | Vitamin C: 161mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 22mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My husband is from Louisiana and I have been looking for a red beans and rice recipe for years. He always says “It was good, but not as good as Popeye’s.” Finally, this recipe had him saying “This is better than Popeye’s.” Thank you!

    1. Ha…I say the same thing about Popeyes! I don’t know why, but Popeye’s has really good red beans and rice! I’m so glad that you all liked my recipe and that it was even better than Popeyes!! That’s a win in my book! 🙂

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