Instant Pot Louisiana Red Beans & Rice
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Instant Pot Louisiana Red Beans and Rice —smoky sausage with peppers and onion gives this dish amazing flavor.
Louisiana Red Beans and Rice is a timeless southern recipe enjoyed by countless people throughout the country. I make this version with canned beans because I am 100% team easy. Whether or not dry or canned beans make the best version has been debated but If you would prefer, you can make your beans from scratch.
What you need to make red beans and rice
Kidney beans– I’m using canned beans to make an easier recipe but preaparing dried kidney beans with make it more authentic.
Smoked meat– Smoked kielbasa is my favorite smoked sausage. Andouille is most likely used so you can switch it up to your liking.
Creole trinity– Onion, peppers, and celery make up the trinity in creole cuisine. I add a good amount of garlic to mine for a perfected flavor.
Creole spice– Creole spice can be homemade or store bought.
Stock– I used ham stock because it played well with the smokiness of the recipe but chicken or vegetable stock work well too.
Rice– Long grain white rice is typically served but you may use what you prefer.
Instant Pot or dutch oven with lid– Whichever method you choose this recipe cooks relatively, in no time.
How to make Louisiana red beans and rice
Note: Remove the casing from the sausage before slicing. This will help to breakdown some of the meat when you mash some of the beans at the end. It also helps to prevent chocking if you have smaller children.
Red beans and rice instant pot Option
On sauté mode, add the oil to brown the sausage on both sides. Next, add the onion, celery, peppers, and garlic. Sauté stirring consistently until translucent.
Add the creole seasoning followed by the beans and stock. Place the lid securely and lock the pressure valve. Set the mode to high pressure for 22 minutes. I always use quick pressure release by carefully turning the valve in the opposite direction using a long-handled spoon.
Red beans and rice Stovetop Option
Using a large dutch oven, follow all the the previous steps in order to adding the stock and beans. Give a good stir then allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes over low heat.
How to serve Louisiana red beans and rice
At the end of cooking, use a masher you mash half of the beans and sausage to thicken as gravy. Serve in a bowl with a serving of rice and sliced scallions with hot sauce on the side.
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Instant Pot Louisiana Red Beans and Rice with Stovetop Option
- 13 oz smoked sausage sliced
- 3 15 oz cans red kidney beans rinsed and drained
- 1 c yellow onion diced
- 1 c green pepper diced
- 1/2 c celery diced about 2 large ribs
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp creole seasoning
- 3 c ham stock chicken works too
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 2 c long-grain rice cooked
- bunch scallions sliced to serve
- Add the oil to the pot over medium heat. Brown the sausage on both sides then add the onion, celery, peppers, and garlic. Sauté until translucent.
- Add the creole seasoning followed by the beans and stock. Give a good stir then allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes over low heat.
- If using the pressure cooker follow the first steps on sauté mode. After adding the seasoning, beans, and stock, place the lid securely. Set the mode to high pressure for 22 minutes.
- At the end of cooking, use a masher you mash half of the beans and sausage to thicken as gravy. Serve with rice and scallion.
This is family’s favorite meal, even the kids! We make it at least once to twice a month and eat on it all week! Right now I’m making it as a side dish for the 4th of July cook out. I do tweak it a little because we like it a bit thicker. I double the beans, celery, and sausage. Do one whole onion and green pepper. I also add precooked bacon crumbles from Costco. I keep the Cajun seasoning the same for the kids and just add more to our individual bowls. It’s so easy and fast in the pressure cooker. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe and it can be easily tweaked to your tastes.
This is the go-to recipe at our house now for red beans and rice. So delicious. You can make a ton and the leftovers always get eaten up. Thanks for sharing it!
That’s awesome; thanks for letting me know!
This was amazing! Hubby gave it two thumbs up and took the leftovers in his lunch today! The only thing I did different was my own fault because I added extra cajun seasoning (I use Slap Ya Momma!). I added about 2 TBSP because we like spicy but when it was done it was too salty. This prompted me to take another cup of chicken broth (to total 4 cups), added 2 TBSP of cornstarch to make a flurry and added this to the pot and brought it back to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes and it came out PERFECT!!
Good save! GLad it turned out well.
This was delicious! I’ve tried several red beans and rice recipes the past few years but this was definitely the most flavorful.
I used smoked turkey wings to make my stock because that’s what I had on hand but next time I’ll be making the ham stock! This is a new staple in my house.
Awesomeness!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing.