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Instant Pot Jailhouse Rice

  • Author: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 10 minute NPR)
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A seasoned rice with sausage, celery and onions. Make it fast in your Instant Pot and serve it as the main dish or a side dish. 


  • 1 pound ground sausage (hot, Italian, breakfast or chorizo all work)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced onions
  • 2 large celery ribs, finely diced
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable or beef broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups parboiled/converted rice (or long grain white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, basmati)
  • 1/21 tsp seasoning mix of your choice (cajun seasoning, garlic salt, old bay etc.)
  • Optional: 4 oz cream cheese (or 1 cup sour cream or 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup)


  1. Turn Instant Pot to the sauté setting. When the display says HOT add in the sausage and break it up*. Add in the onions and celery. Brown for about 5 minutes. Drain off any excess grease.
  2. Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off Instant Pot.
  3. Sprinkle in the rice and press with spoon to gently submerge. 
  4. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes (if using parboiled, see note). When time is up let pot sit for 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid and stir the rice well.
  5. Taste test and then if needed add your favorite seasoning mix to taste (about ½ to 1 teaspoon).
  6. To make the rice ultra creamy stir in the cream cheese until melted. 
  7. Serve and enjoy. 


Recipe adapted from South your Mouth

Serve as a side dish or the main dish. As a side this probably serves about 8 and as a main dish probably around 4 people. 

What is parboiled rice? Don’t confuse parboiled rice with pre-cooked or minute rice. Parboiled rice has been processed in its husk by soaking, steaming, and drying. As a result, all the nutrients from the husk are absorbed into the grain before it’s removed. The starch content alters in the process, making cooked parboiled rice less sticky than regular white rice. The rice kernels aren’t clumpy and glued together instead they are more separated. I usually buy Uncle Ben’s converted rice in the orange box*

If you want to use another type of rice, you can. Just scroll below to see the green rice chart to see liquid to rice ratios and cooking times. 

  • Category: Sausage
  • Method: Instant Pot