The best Instant Pot red beans and rice recipe ever! Really easy to make and cheap too. Great pressure cooker dinner idea that’s hearty and packed with lots of flavor. Using uncooked rice and a few other ingredients it’s a one pot meal my kids absolutely love.
We’re back with another favorite pressure cooker meal, this Instant Pot red beans and rice. It came out great! This one made it to our list of fabulous Instant Pot recipes, perfect for any time of year. (originally published 3/17, affiliate links present)
- Instead of dry beans we used canned beans so it would cook faster.
- Then instead of adding just water we used chicken broth to cook the rice.
- This gave our hearty rice dinner a great added flavor.
You could use any sausage links that are precooked. This is the style I typically pick up at the store. There are many varieties, spicy is quite good too.
Everyone is a bit different. Some like red beans and rice a bit soupier in it’s consistency, we like it on the drier side but you can make it either way with this recipe. Just add a bit more chicken broth or water before you put your Instant Pot lid on and it will come out just as you had envisioned it.
Equipment you need to make Instant Pot red beans and rice
- Pressure cooker – we have an Instant Pot but there are many other brands
- Wooden spoon – my preference when cooking, especially sauteeing in my pot
- Knife to dice your onion, bacon and sausage
I ate a lot of this in Louisiana when I lived down South, plus crawfish (oh so good), gumbo and more.
This is what you’ll need to make this easy Instant Pot beans and rice recipe
- Sausage – Andouille sausage is best if you like a bit of a kick
- Can of red kidney beans is what I used
- If you wanted to start with dry small red beans, use our cooking times for beans chart to get them tender first. You do not have to soak the beans if using this pressure cooking method.
- Chicken broth
- Rice – white, long grain uncooked
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Green onion and hot sauce can be served on top
Are red beans and kidney beans the same thing?
No, red beans and kidney beans are actually different types. The main difference is that red beans are smaller and rounder, more like pinto beans. However, these beans still are fairly similar and can generally be used interchangeably in recipes that call for either dried or canned beans
- I use what I find at the store on sale. I don’t feel there is enough of a difference to search for either one specifically.
Typically it is quite a lengthy process but there is always a way you can simplify things. That is what we did for you here.
We loved this recipe because it had a great flavor and was a complete meal in a bowl! If you are not about a lot of spice use a different type of sausage as opposed to Andouille. That is where a lot of the spiciness comes from.
- I am not a spice loving person but this is just perfect for me and my kids enjoy it too for dinner.
It feeds the 5 of us with leftovers for lunch the next day as well which makes it a really inexpensive meal idea.
Here’s a quick rundown of how it’s done:
- Set pot to saute, add olive oil, bacon, onion and garlic.
- Cook until bacon is pretty cooked and onions begin to soften.
- Add moon shaped slices of precooked sausage and warm them together with other ingredients.
- Turn pot off and pour in your red beans that have been drained and rinsed.
- If you want to use dry beans refer to our post on cooking beans in a pressure cooker. Once they’re tender you can begin with step one of this recipe. You cannot put them in without already being soft using this cook time.
How long does it cook red beans?
On the stovetop you’d need to cook red beans for 1 hour, and then begin checking for doneness. These can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to cook through though depending on their size and age. Be patient. In an Instant Pot it takes closer to 30 minutes with no pre-soaking required.
- Pour in your chicken broth, water, cumin and salt now. Stir
- Sprinkle in uncooked rice and submerge into the liquid on top, do not stir.
- Close lid and set valve to sealing. Push the rice button which will automatically set to 12 minutes.
- Those without this button, set to high pressure for 12 minutes.
- Allow to naturally pressure release for 2 minutes when done, then let rest of steam out quickly.
Looking for more easy Instant Pot recipes
Soon after we made this other cheesy version of Instant Pot sausage and rice using the same links!
- Instant Pot chili has only 5 ingredients and we make this every few weeks on top of rice
- For a vegetarian option try Instant Pot cream of mushroom rice
- New Years dish = Instant Pot Hoppin John with black eyed peas inside
- A huge kid fave is this Instant Pot chili mac recipe
- These Instant Pot black beans are a great side dish
- We have listed other Instant Pot sausage recipes here for you too
Yes I am sure you could find a stove top recipe for beans and rice but why bother when you can make it to perfection in under 20 minutes here??!!
What do you serve with red beans and rice?
- Southern Bacon Cheesy Grits are known to be a favorite to some
- Cajun Shrimp are a good add in if you want more protein
- Of course mixed vegetables work as well as:
This is how we made it, and the complete Instant Pot red beans and rice recipe is below for you.
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
- Put Instant Pot on saute, high.
- Add olive oil. Add onions, garlic and bacon and cook down until bacon cooks a bit and onions soften.
- Add precooked sausage and warm along side other ingredients.
- Turn off IP by pressing cancel. Add red beans, drained and rinsed.
- Add chicken broth and water (we used 2 c. of each to look like this picture, if you want it wetter add an extra 1/2-1 c. chicken broth for a soupier consistency). Stir.
- Add salt, and cumin. Stir. Sprinkle in uncooked rice and submerge into liquid on top, do not stir.
- Put lid on IP and close steam valve. Push rice button, will automatically set for 12 minutes. When it beeps allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then do a quick release, stir, (season more if desired) and serve!