Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

It’s so funny to me how my mentality is changing towards weeknight meals. For so long, I hung my hat on cooking EVERYTHING from scratch every single time I stepped in the kitchen. Well, then we had 3 kids in 4 years. So that’s not even a possibility these days. Now, my main goal is to get the whole meal done in less than an hour, including prep! I tried this Instant Pot red beans and rice multiple times before I got it right. I initially wanted to cook everything in the pot together at once, but couldn’t get the texture right; meaning the rice absorbed all of the liquid. So I did a give-and-take… I cooked the rice first, but then used canned beans rather than fresh. And I’m happy to say that I got it right! I’ll put some alternative notes in the recipe for doing the all-at-once version. The result just won’t be soupy, but still delicious.

 

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Red beans and rice in bowl with spoon.

 

The Process

Uncooked white rice.

Add rice to pot…

 

Uncooked white rice with chicken broth in Instant Pot.

…along with 2 cups of chicken broth. Lock lid and cook for 12 minutes at low pressure.

 

Cooked white rice.

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then quick-release remaining pressure. Remove rice and set aside. Wash out inner pot and return to cooker.

 

Chopped andouille sausage in Instant Pot.

Using sauté setting – add oil to pot, along with sausage…

 

Browned andouille sausage in Instant Pot.

…and cook until slightly crispy (almost 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Resist the urge to stir often because you want color on the sausage and that won’t happen if you move too much.

 

Diced onions, peppers, and celery on to of crispy sausage.

Add the “Trinity” (onions, peppers, celery) to pot…

 

Crispy sausage cooking with diced onions, peppers, and celery.

…and cook for another 3 minutes or so, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.

 

Crispy sausage, onions, peppers, and celery topped with garlic, bay leaves, and thyme.

Add vinegar, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves to pot…

 

Crispy sausage, onions, peppers, and celery cooking with garlic, bay leaves, and thyme.

…and cook to about a minute, stirring constantly, until vinegar has evaporated.

 

Red beans in pot with bay leaf.

Add beans to pot (including liquid)…

 

Red beans in pot topped with chicken stock and creole seasoning.

…along with 2 cups of chicken broth and creole seasoning.

 

Red beans mixed with sausage and veggies.

Mix well. Lock lid and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.

 

Cooked red beans with sausage.

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.

 

White rice on top of red beans.

Finally, add rice to pot…

 

Red beans and rice in Instant Pot with ladle.

…mix well, and serve.

 

And this is the AMAZING result…

Perfect Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice in bowl with spoon.

 

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Red beans and rice in bowl with spoon.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

This is a quick and easy recipe, but don't let that deter you because the taste is full flavored.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: red beans and rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth divided
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. andouille sausage large diced
  • 1 cup yellow onions diced
  • 1 cup green bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 60 oz. canned red beans with liquid
  • 1 Tbsp. creole seasoning

Instructions

  • Add rice to pot along with 2 cups of chicken broth. Lock lid and cook for 12 minutes at low pressure. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then quick-release remaining pressure. Remove rice and set aside. Wash out inner pot and return to cooker.
  • Using sauté setting – add oil to pot, along with sausage and cook until slightly crispy (almost 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Resist the urge to stir often because you want color on the sausage and that won’t happen if you move too much.
  • Add the “Trinity” (onions, peppers, celery) to pot and cook for another 3 minutes or so, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add vinegar, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves to pot and cook to about a minute, stirring constantly, until vinegar has evaporated.
  • Add beans to pot (including liquid), along with 2 cups of chicken broth and creole seasoning. Mix well. Lock lid and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs. 
  • Finally, add rice to pot, mix well, and serve.

Notes

One-pot method: Don't cook rice first. Rather, when you add the beans, also add the rice with 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Then cook all together for 12 minutes at low pressure. Allow pressure to release naturally for at least 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure. This method will yield a more dry consistency, it will not be soupy.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.8mg

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenni
    April 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Hi Gary, I am looking forward to trying this as I love the beans and rice combo. There isn’t a creole seasoning in my neck of the woods (literally in the woods in Vancouver, BC Canada), any suggestions on a replacement or what makes the creole seasoning? I will do a little research on my own but curious on your take. I look forward to hearing from you. Jenni

    • Reply
      Gary
      April 3, 2019 at 8:48 am

      I’ve never made my own creole seasoning, but I’m sure a quick Google search will show something similar.

  • Reply
    RaySsa
    August 23, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Looks good..will try it.

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