It doesn’t have to be laundry day to enjoy flavorful Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice with Sausage. This is such a delicious meal! Serve it for a casual gathering, or for a delicious family dinner.
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice with Sausage
Back in the day, before washing machines, laundry day was Monday in New Orleans. The women would put on a pot of beans with Sunday’s leftover ham and bone in it to cook all day while they did the laundry. Red Beans and Rice on Monday remains a tradition to this day.
While in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of eating the real deal. It was spicy, and the beans were creamy and flavored perfectly. I knew I had to have this meal again when I got home. So I set out to make my own version.
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice with Sausage is my version of this classic NOLA meal. I wanted to make it easy to prepare, with ingredients you can find in the grocery store. You can order the Camellia red beans online, but the small red beans at the local grocery store gave me very good results. They are usually next to the red kidney beans, so make sure you get the right ones.
For the sausage, you will have a spicy flavor explosion if you use Andouille, which is traditional. But I have used a good, smoky kielbasa and it tastes great, too. Just add more of the Cajun/Creole seasoning if you like it spicier. Or even some red pepper flakes.
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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice With Sausage is a flavor packed, spicy New Orleans traditional meal. This pressure cooker Red Beans and Rice dish has lots of flavor, and you can make it from dry beans in about an hour and a half!
- 1/4 lb Bacon (or 2 Tbsp bacon fat)
- 1 Large Yellow Onion (2 cups diced)
- 3-4 stalks Celery, (2 cups diced)
- 7 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp Sage, dried
- 1/2 tsp Basil, dried
- 1 Tbsp Cajun / Creole Seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's, or my Cajun Spice Blend) or more to taste
- 5 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
- 1 lb Small Red Beans (such as Camellia) sorted & rinsed
- 1 1/2 lbs Andouille Sausage (or a good smoky Kielbasa) sliced in 3/4" rounds
- 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
- 2 cups Cooked White Rice
- Green Onions, for garnish (optional)
- Hot Sauce, as much as you like!
Turn the pressure cooker on to the Sauté setting. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until it renders the fat. Remove the bacon and set aside (You won't be adding it in, you just want the fat). If using bacon fat, let it heat up and then proceed.
If you are using Andouille sausage, add it and brown on both sides. Then remove. If using kielbasa, don't brown it, add it with the beans.
Add the onions and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot to get the brown bits up (deglaze). You may need to add just a splash of the broth to help loosen it.
Add the garlic, bay leaves, green and red bell peppers, sage, and basil. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent.
Add the Cajun/Creole seasoning, and stir.
Add the broth, beans, and sausage. Stir and put the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Cancel the Sauté function and press the Beans button, or Pressure Cook/Manual, then press the + or - to choose 40 minutes (High Pressure).
When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 20 minutes (20 minute natural release). Then manually release the remaining pressure by turning the steam release knob to Venting.
When the pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid. Carefully stir the beans with a long handled spoon (be aware of any possible steam pockets as they "burp" and can cause burns).
Taste a few of the beans to make sure they are tender. If not, close the lid and cook for 5 more minutes.
Mash some of the beans and stir to make a more creamy consistency. Taste and add more seasoning if desired. Stir in the chopped parsley.
Serve over cooked white rice and garnish with green onions and hot sauce.
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