Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and Rice is an old traditional Southern favorite and can be found in most eating establishments along the Gulf Coast region of the United States. This dish is full of flavor and can be served as a side dish, or the main Entrée. Either way, you're going to love how easy this is, and the Instant Pot reduces the cooking time and preparation so you can make this dish anytime you want.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1026kcal


  • Half a pound of bacon - cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 package of smoked sausage you can use Andouille or Kielbasa sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion - peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - washed and chopped
  • 1 green pepper - washed and chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery - washed and chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound of small red beans
  • 4 cups of rice
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet basil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Creole seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 15 ounce can of stewed tomatoes
  • OPTIONAL - Green onions


  • Put the bacon in the bottom of the Instant Pot, and press the 'SAUTE' button.
  • Cook the bacon until golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove the bacon, and set aside.
  • Put the sliced sausage in the Pot, in the bacon grease, and Saute just until sausage is browned.
  • Add the onions, celery and red and green peppers, and continue to cook until caramelized. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the bacon, and stir all together, mixing well.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot until it beeps and locks.
  • Set the Instant Pot to the 'Soup' Setting, and let the Pot automatically build and release the pressure.
  • When done, Pot will beep, and automatically go to the KEEP WARM setting.
  • Make sure the pressure valve is down and pressure has been released by turning valve to 'VENTING'.
  • Remove Instant Pot lid, and stir Red beans and rice. If all liquid has not been absorbed, or beans are not soft, replace Instant Pot lid, and press MANUAL button and set time to 10 minutes. Follow steps to make sure pressure valve is in 'Sealing' position, and then allow Instant Pot to release pressure, and again go to KEEP WARM setting.
  • Dish should be completely cooked. OPTIONAL - Top with chopped green onions.


Calories: 1026kcal | Carbohydrates: 137g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 2730mg | Potassium: 1280mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1950IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 6.4mg