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Red Beans and Rice (Instant Pot)

Red Beans and Rice is a simple, home cooked New Orleans staple that's light on the wallet but heavy on flavor. Loaded with cajun seasonings and pork sausage you'll be serving this red beans and rice recipe for years to come. This no-soak version is made in an hour using an Instant Pot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bean Recipes, Fat Tuesday Recipes, Italian Sausage Recipes, New Orelans Recipes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 882kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $10



  • 1 tbsp Favorite Cooking Oil
  • 1 lb Smoked Link Sausage (Recommend: Andouille)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (Chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp Creole Seasoning (To Taste)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Minced)
  • 2 stalks Celery (Chopped)
  • 1 lb Dried Red Beans (Rinsed)
  • 4 cup Water (or Beef/Chicken/Vegetable Stock)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Sage
  • Salt and Black Pepper (To Taste)
  • Green Onions (To Taste)


  • 2 cup Long Grain White Rice
  • 4 cup Water


Red Beans and Sausage

  • Slice the sausage into 1/4" thick rounds.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on and click the sauté setting.
  • Once hot (about 6-7 minutes), add the oil and turn to coat.
  • Add the sausage and brown on both sides (about 5 minutes). Once browned, transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Do not remove the left over grease.
  • Add the onions to the pot followed by the creole seasoning. Sauté until tender and translucent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add the celery and garlic and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the celery is tender.
  • Add the beans and sausage and stir to combine.
  • Add enough water to cover the bean mixture (approx. 4 cups).
  • Add the bay leaves, thyme, oregano, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, sage and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Place the lid on the pot with the valve in the sealed position.
  • Press the "cancel" or "off" button and set it to "High Pressure" for 35 minutes.
  • Naturally release once finished and check the beans for doneness. The beans should yield easily when pressure is applied. If they're still a bit firm for your liking, cook for another 2-3 minutes (NPR).
  • Stir in the salt and extra creole seasoning to your preferred liking. Start with 1 tsp. of salt and go from there.
  • Serve immediately over white rice and garnish with green onions and Tabasco sauce (optional).

White Rice

  • When the Instant Pot is releasing pressure, prepare the rice.
  • In a non-stick saucepan, bring the water and the rice to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve the beans over the rice.



Make sure to read the entire blog post/recipe for tips before making this recipe. Customize it to your taste!
For a thicker end product, give the bean mixture a few quick mashes with a hand masher. Stir to combine the smashed beans with the rest of the mixture.


Calories: 882kcal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1492mg | Sugar: 4g