It’s hard to believe I’ve been creating recipes for over six years. It’s even harder to believe that within that time I never had a Red Beans & Rice recipe…until now! Yes, a yankee making a Southern staple but not to worry. Just like my Gumbo and Chicken & Dumplings, you’re in good hands. Plus, my partner, Richard, heartily approved this super simple, lightning quick and flavor-packed hearty dish that’s great as a side to my Fried Chicken or a main!
The Beans and Finishing Touches
The Taste Test
Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice
It's hard to believe I've been creating recipes for over six years. It's even harder to believe that within that time I never had a Red Beans & Rice recipe...until now! Yes, a yankee making a Southern staple but not to worry. Just like my Gumbo and Chicken & Dumplings, you're in good hands. Plus, my partner, Richard, heartily approved this super simple, lightning quick and flavor-packed hearty dish that's great as a side to my Fried Chicken or a main!
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large green or red bell pepper (or a mix of the two by using 2 small ones), diced
- 1 medium yellow or red onion, diced
- 3 ribs celery, diced
- 6 cloves (2 tablespoons) garlic, minced or pressed
- 14 ounces (approx) smoked sausage (andouille or kielbasa works well), sliced into 1/4 or 1/2-inch disks and then quartered (see Jeff's Tips)
- 3 cups broth of your choice (I use 3 teaspoons Ham or Smoky Chipotle Better Than Bouillon + 3 cups water)
- 1 tablespoon Creole/Cajun/Louisiana seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's)
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 cups long-grain white rice, jasmine or brown rice, rinsed
- 2 (15.5-ounce) cans red kidney beans, with their juices (see Jeff's Tips)
- 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice, plus more for topping if desired (optional)
- Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot. Hit Sauté and Adjust to the More or High setting. After 3 minutes of heating, add the pepper, onion and celery (aka "The Holy Trinity") and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sausage and sauté for 3 minutes longer.
- Add the broth, Creole and Italian seasonings and stir.
- Add the rice but do not stir. Simply smooth the rice out with a spatula so it's mostly submerged in the liquid. Secure the lid, move the valve to the sealing position and hit Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes if using white or jasmine rice and 15 minutes if using brown rice at High Pressure. When done, allow a 10-minute natural release (regardless of which rice used) followed by a quick release.
- Add the beans (with their juices) and stir until combined. If you want hot sauce, start with 1 tablespoon, stir and add to taste. Let rest for 5 minutes for the beans to heat up.
- Serve and top with more hot sauce (or anything else you love), if desired.
Not into smoked sausage and to keep this vegetarian or vegan? Leave out the sausage. You can also use a plant-based one as well if you desire. Just don't exceed 1 pound so it doesn't have issues coming to pressure.
If you can't find ham broth at the ready, you can also totally add a ham hock in Step 3 just before adding the rice. Remove it after quick releasing and just before adding the beans in Step 5. You can then cut/rip off any meat and add it back to the pot along with the beans in Step 5!
The reason I use canned beans instead of dried is because the timing to make rice (about 13 minutes total) and dried beans (about 60 minutes) is a huge difference with varying liquid ratios, making it not ideal to cook in one pot at the same time (either the rice will be cooked fine but the beans undercooked or the rice will be overdone and beans will be cooked fine). The benefit here is not only is this much quicker to make than using dried beans, but the canned beans provide more flavor since we're also using their juices. And while these are Red Beans & Rice, you can use any canned bean you like - be it cannellini, pinto or pink!
are u using kidney beans? or are there canned red beans?
Canned red kidney. Use any kind you want though.
I feel so neglected and bereft. Until now. My very fav beans and rice!!!!! A thousand kisses and hugs. XOXOXOX
heavenly! My kids (10b/13g) devoured this dish! I saw your YouTube video last night and had to make it for dinner tonight. Well done sir, well done.
Making this today 3/1/23 and can’t wait to try it
Jeffrey! This is so good! My husband is such a picky eater but he’s away on business so I was able to make something a little adventurous for a change. Gonna tell his boss to make him travel more. 😉 Only had chicken BTB on hand so that was the only variation. Delicious! Going to save leftovers for myself. It’s too good not to. Love your recipes & books.
Cooking for two, hoping that scaling the recipe won’t give me the burn notice…
Can you make it without the sausage? Will it still taste delicious?
Fur sure! Try a ham hock.
In the pot right now!!
Will have to give this a try. Will have to adapt the recipe a little like your chili recipe (which we absolutely love). One of my food allergies is sweet peppers. So far I can use dehydrated with out swelling like a balloon. So I will throw some of them in for flavor. Since Richard is from the South, do you have a good recipe for soup beans? My Tennessee husband loves them. Me not so much. I prefer baked beans.
What happens if you don’t use the juices in the bean cans?
Made a half batch of this recipe today in my 3 quart Instant Pot. Delicious. I halved all ingredients and it turned out perfect! Skipped the hot sauce since the grandkids are coming over but we can add it in our bowls if we want it.
Would it be too much in a 6qt if I did 1.5x the recipe?
Silly question but can one freeze the left overs. it is just me and I just made it but it is a lot of food.
My husband and I have tried many of your recipes, and we’ve never ate one we didn’t love. After making this one tonight, I have to say, it’s probably my new favorite! I will say though, that even for two big guys, it makes a LOT. We’ll be eating leftovers for sure.
So happy y’all enjoyed!
awesome meal made for the first time tonight yumm
Answered my own question! I doubled the meat and did 1.5x everything else. it all fit in a 6qt!! Also… DELICIOUS!!!!!
My husband and I enjoyed this for dinner tonight. (And you’re right, it would be better with Conecuh, if only we could get it here.) Does this freeze well?
Another great recipe!!! This one was a smash. I followed the instructions exactly and there were absolutely no leftovers. There was only 3 of us eating so you know that means it was good haha
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!