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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

This Instant Pot Beans and Rice recipe is easier than ever to make. The end result is something tasty and savory.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 500kcal



  • Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with about 2-3 inches of water. Add the tablespoon of salt (reserving the 2 teaspoons for the recipe) and mix together. Let sit overnight.
  • Drain and rinse the beans. Set aside. 
  • Heat the butter in the Instant Pot insert (I recommend using a non-stick insert).
  • Add the onion, celery, jalapenos and green pepper. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
  • Add the seasonings and tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Add the sausage, ham, beans, rice and stock. Stir together.
  • Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes, with a 15 minute natural release
  • Release any remaining pressure, then stir and serve hot garnished with green onions and hot sauce (optional). 


  1. Prepare all of your ingredients before turning on the pot. This saves time in the long run!
  2. Any kind of smoked sausage can be used in this recipe in place of the andouille.
  3. Don't substitute white rice for brown as it will get mushy in this recipe. Brown rice is key to keep the grains fluffier.
  4. For additional spice, add an additional diced jalapeno or additional chili powder to the recipe. You can also serve it with hot sauce.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1339mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg