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"I don't want you on my mind" instant pot red beans and rice

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New Orleans style instant pot red beans and rice for an easy and quick way to enjoy a classic dish on a weeknight.

red beans and rice with sausage in a white bowl

This version has the flavor and creamy texture that defines the New Orleans style. The smoked turkey (or pork if you are using) adds some real depth and soul to the dish. It's that soul that sticks with you even when you don't want to think about it anymore.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Ingredients

I kept the ingredients mostly the same as the classic stovetop version and just adjusted the execution for instant pot cooking.

red beans and rice ingredients on a tray

How to cook red beans and rice in an Instant Pot (step by step)

Step 1: Brown the meat. To avoid sticking follow my tutorial and guidelines

sausage cooking in pan

Using saute "More" settings heat the pan. Once display reads "hot" add the oil. After oil is heated add the sausage and smoked turkey/pork browning 2-3 minutes before flipping to brown other side. Remove meat and set aside.

Step 2: Saute your aromatics

onions and peppers sauteing in pan

Add onions, celery, and peppers to the pot. If necessary add more oil. Saute 2-3 minutes then add garlic and a ⅓ of the seasonings.

Step 3: Add beans

red beans and vegetables in pan

Add sausage, beans, smoked turkey, dried herbs, thyme, and bay leaves. Add another ⅓ of seasonings and mix well.

Step 4: Add stock and water

red beans in broth in a pan

Add the last of the seasoning. Close lid and pressure cook for 60 minutes then use natural release for 20 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

This is a meal in itself once you add in the rice. I personally am good with a nice size bowl plus my favorite hot sauce. Corn bread is definitely in order, but feel free to add something green and even a quick dessert. See a few options below:

Okra and Collards Salad

Pear and Fennel Salad

Mexican Strawberries and Creme

Collard Greens Slaw

Hot Water Cornbread

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice Cooking Tips

  • Rinse the beans well and remove any rocks and/or hard particles that may have found their way in
  • Brown the sausage and smoked turkey according to browning meat in Instant Pot instructions to render their fat and release more flavor
  • After cooking remove the pork/turkey parts whichever you use.
  • A good andouille sausage negates the need to go heavy on the spices, particularly the cayenne.
  • Definitely go with natural release to allow the flavors to meld better and for the beans to melt to creaminess

Instant Pot Beans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do I Have To Soak The Beans?

It’s not necessary for the Instant Pot, but if you want to reduce cooking time by about 10 minutes, feel free to soak the beans overnight

Which Pressure Release Method Should I Use?

Go with natural release approach for this recipe. This will not only allow the flavors to come together, but more importantly this leads to that creamy texture.

For more recipes like this you might like, try these:

Duck and Sausage Gumbo

Instant Pot Oxtail and Grits

Instant Pot Gumbo

Instant Pot Creole Green Beans

Instant Pot Ham and White Beans

Blackeyed Peas and Rice (Hoppin John)

Instant Pot Cabbage and Sausage

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Instant Pot Brown Stew Chicken

Instant Pot Collard Greens with Smoked Brisket

Instant Pot Blackeyed Peas

Instant Pot Okra Soup

Instant Pot Coconut Braised Brussel Sprouts

Red Rice and Jumbo Shrimp

Shrimp and Grits

Gumbo Z’herbes

Cajun Shredded Beef with Rice and Gravy

Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

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red beans and rice with sausage in a white bowl

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

An instant classic recipe for a weeknight dinner.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Natural Release: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cajun
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1 pound red kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound cooked chicken andouille sausage cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper stemmed seeded, and finely chopped
  • 4 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • ½ tablespoon ground sage
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Smoked turkey parts necks, wings, butt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Cooked white rice for serving

Instructions

  • Before getting started mix all the spices up in a small bowl or ramekin
  • Heat instant pot via “More” saute settings. Once display reads “Hot” add the oil and let it get hot before adding the sausage and smoked meat. Brown 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the meat and set aside
  • Add the onions, peppers, and celery cooking for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic plus ⅓ of seasoning mix and cook for another minute
  • Add sausage and smoked meat back plus the beans, dried herbs, bay leaves and another ⅓ of seasoning. Mix well then “cancel” sautéing.
  • Add stock, remaining seasonings and enough water to cover beans by about 2 inches. Close the lid and pressure cook 60 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for about 20 minutes.

Notes

Discard smoked meat and bay leaves. Serve red beans over steamed white rice.?
Rinse the beans well and remove any rocks and/or hard particles that may have found their way in
Brown the sausage and smoked turkey according to browning meat in Instant Pot instructions to render their fat and release more flavor
After cooking remove the pork/turkey parts whichever you use.
A good andouille sausage negates the need to go heavy on the spices, particularly the cayenne.
Definitely go with natural release to allow the flavors to meld better and for the beans to melt to creaminess

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1664IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4mg
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