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Easy Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

4.67 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice could not be easier! Delicious, spicy andouille sausage is cooked in the Instant Pot with a few veggies, spices and kidney beans. The result is a rich, flavorful dish that's ready in about 30 minutes!
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans, instant pot, sausage
Servings: 6
Calories: 379kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 12 oz package andouille sausage, sliced into 1/4" rounds about 4-5 links (See Note 1)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (best garlic chopper ever)
  • 1 medium onion, diced about 1 cup
  • 1 green pepper, diced about 1 cup
  • 3-4 ribs celery, diced about 1 cup
  • 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 3 15 oz cans, kidney beans drained and rinsed (See Note 2)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf optional
  • cooked rice
  • green onions, hot sauce for serving optional

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to "Sauté" setting (high) and add olive oil. Allow about 2 minutes to come to temperature, then add sausage.
  • Sauté sausage for 2-3 minutes until slightly browned, then add garlic, onions, celery, green pepper and Cajun seasoning. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, beans, chicken stock and bay leaf (if using). Give everything a big stir!
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. When timer goes off, do. quick release. Open pot carefully and give it a few big stirs. Serve over hot cooked rice (See Note 3).

Notes

Note 1: You'll need precooked andouille or smoked sausage for this dish. I love Trader Joe's Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage, Adelle's Cajun Style Andouille Sausage or Hillshire Farm Cajun Style Smoked Sausage. 
Note 2: PRO TIP: To get the "real" texture of red beans and rice, blend 2 cans of the kidney beans in a blender, Nutri bullet or food processor before adding them to the Instant Pot. It will give you are more "soupy" like texture which is typical with red beans and rice. I wanted to make this recipe SIMPLE and QUICK so I usually choose not to do this since I feel like the taste is the same regardless. However, blending does make it a bit more authentic :)
Note 3: If you open the Instant Pot and think the red beans and rice have too much liquid, don't panic! Give it a good stir and it will thicken upon standing a few minutes. You can also turn the Pot to sauté and cook it for 3-4 minutes longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1414mg | Potassium: 778mg | Fiber: 10.5g | Sugar: 6.4g | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg