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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice is a quick and easy recipe that will give you the authentic taste of New Orleans and Louisiana. This meal is made with Creole Seasoning and the holy trinity of ingredients! Make this dish in no time using either no soak beans or beans that have been soaked overnight. Your choice!

Instant Pot red beans and rice in a pink bowl

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Growing up, we didn’t just eat red beans and rice during our visits to Popeyes. (Tho….you must order this side dish if you go!) My mom loved this dish so much that she cooked it often. 

History of Red Beans and Rice

This dish is commonly found in the South and originates from Louisiana Creole cuisine. The dish was traditionally eaten on Mondays following the large Sunday dinner feast.

Leftovers from Sunday dinner were used in the beans dish. This is why I continue to include a ham hock in this recipe. Ham hocks and bones were typically served during Sunday dinner and used as leftovers for Monday’s meal.

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Ham Hock is pictured in the top right if you plan to use that.

What Type of Meat to Use

Traditionally, a ham hock is used. Ham hocks aren’t very meaty. It’s pork knuckle, where the foot was attached to the hog’s leg. It’s mostly fat and bone. It’s been known to be used in a dish like this along with collard greens, mustard greens, black-eyed peas, etc. because of the immense flavor it provides.

If you want to cut down on some of the calories and fat in this dish you can use smoked turkey. I have been using smoked turkey for years and it has become my go-to for cooking. Smoked turkey is already fully cooked.

I find it in local grocery stores at the meat counter. You can ask the butcher at the store if the store carries. it. I like to use a turkey leg or a turkey wing. I often opt for a wing, because sometimes the turkey leg is too large to fit in the Instant Pot.

For either option you will want something around 1/2 pound to a pound. I’ve been able to fit a 1 1/2 pounds in a 6 quart pot. But the smaller, the easier it is to fit in the pot.

You can also use a ham bone, salt pork, or bacon. If using bacon I would cook it first.

Do You Have to Soak the Beans Overnight?

This is up to you. I have made this recipe using soaked beans and without soaking the beans. For convenience, it’s obviously a lot easier to skip that step.

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Most people feel that soaking your beans overnight will result in amazing textured beans and it will make them easier to digest.

With unsoaked beans, I find the texture to be slightly firm with soft center (just how I like them), with 55 minutes cook time and natural release of steam for 15 minutes.

If you soak the beans you only need 20 minutes cook time, with 15 minutes natural release of steam.

How to Make Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

  1. Place the Instant Pot on the Saute function and add sausage to the pot with olive oil. When browned remove from the pot.
  2. Add onions, celery, and green pepper. Saute until translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add garlic and stir. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the sausage back to the pot along with rinsed red beans, broth, Creole seasoning, thyme, smoked turkey (or ham hock), Better than Bouillon (optional) and bay leaves.
  5. Pressure cook.
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uncooked red beans and rice

cooked red beans and rice

Holy Trinity Ingredients

In Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine you will typically find onions, green bell pepper, and celery. Those are essential to this dish.

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white rice and water in an Instant Pot

The Difference Between Red Beans and Kidney Beans

Red beans are smaller than kidney beans. Overall, the beans are similar. You can use whichever you wish in this recipe. 

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instant pot red beans and rice in a brown bowl
instant pot red beans and rice in a brown bowl with bread

My favorite way to eat red beans and rice is just like this! Covered in all of the juice so that I can dip my bread or cornbread. You can use a slotted spoon while serving if you don’t want all of the broth.

Instant Pot red beans and rice in a bowl

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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice is a quick and easy recipe that will give you the authentic taste of New Orleans and Louisiana. This meal is made with Creole Seasoning and the holy trinity of ingredients! Make this dish in no time using either no soak beans or beans that have been soaked overnight. Your choice!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Cajun, Creole
Keyword Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans and Rice, instant pot red beans and rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
natural release of steam 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 318kcal

Ingredients

Red Beans

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 oz andouille sausage Sliced. I like to use chicken andouille sausage for less calories and fat.
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 pound red beans or kidney beans
  • 1/2-1 pound ham hock or smoked turkey See notes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper omit if you do not desire spicy
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken Flavor optional for flavor
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves

Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups enriched long grain white rice rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water

Instructions

Red Beans

  • Rinse the beans thoroughly and pick out any broken pieces or debris.
  • Place the Instant Pot on the saute' function. Add the olive oil to the pot. Add the sausage to the pot. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the sausage from the pot.
  • Most sausage will leave behind some oil in the pot. If you use chicken or turkey, it may not. Add additional olive oil here if needed. Add the onions, green peppers, and celery to the pot.
  • Saute for 3-4 minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in the garlic and stir. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the broth and stir to deglaze the pot. Add the cooked sausage, rinsed beans, ham hock or smoked turkey, Better than Bouillon, Creole seasoning, cayenne, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot.
  • Cook on Manual > High Pressure Cooking for 55 minutes (unsoaked beans) or 20 minutes (soaked beans). 
  • Allow the steam to release naturally for 15 minutes without quick release.
  • Open the pot and remove the bay leaves. If you used a ham hock you can remove it (there's usually little to no meat to use). If you used smoked turkey, if you wish, you can remove it shred the meat from it and return it to the pot.

Rice

  • Rinse the rice until the water from the rice runs clear. I like to use a fine mesh strainer.
  • Add the rice and water to the pot.
  • Seal the pot and cook for 3 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release.
  • Remove the rice and pair it with the beans.

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Notes

If using the Instant Pot to make your rice, you may want to make it first, if you only have 1 Instant Pot. 
If you like a lot of rice with your beans, try multiplying the rice servings by 1.5 or 2. Cook time remains the same.
You can use a ham hock, ham bone, smoked turkey leg, smoked turkey wing, salt pork, or bacon in this recipe. If using bacon I would cook it first. I often opt for a turkey wing, because sometimes the turkey leg is too large to fit in the Instant Pot.
The Better Than Bouillon is optional. I like to add a small amount even when using chicken broth for enhanced flavor.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g
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instant pot red beans and rice in a white bowl
Recipe Rating




Aja

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

This recipe was easy, the directions and recipe notes were very helpful. I used turkey leg and the addition of the turkey meat was excellent. Spicy but oh so yummy. I will be making this again!

staysnatched

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Glad to hear you will be making it again.

Malika J.

Monday 10th of January 2022

I’ve never been a huge fan of beans, but since I’m on a fast (no meat) for church I knew I had to get some protein from somewhere. This recipe is another win! So full of flavor and easy to make. I love that you don’t have to soak the beans forever to get the peel effect texture. Delicious without the ham hock so I can just imagine how good they are with it. Thanks again for your content!

staysnatched

Thursday 13th of January 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Simonè Dumas

Monday 22nd of November 2021

This recipe is perfect! I haven’t perfected cooking beans or rice—they either come out too hard or mushy. Following the steps on here made it easy for me. I’m also not a “bean” eater, but the creole flavoring and the bouillon made it sooooo good it had me scrapping the bowl.

staysnatched

Friday 26th of November 2021

Yes! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Susan Close

Sunday 7th of November 2021

This was excellent and my family though the flavors were well balanced and met our expectations based upon years of red beans and rice in the south. Just don’t make my mistake and not have the ingredients in hand to make Brandy’s cornbread.

staysnatched

Saturday 13th of November 2021

Yes! The cornbread is a great pairing.

Ashley F

Saturday 30th of October 2021

I knew I had to make this recipe as soon as I saw it on insta! It's so good and flavorful! Thank you so much for another household hit.

staysnatched

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.