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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

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4.3 from 3 reviews

  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes (plus NPR)
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Dried small red beans are pressure cooked quickly and simmered with cajun sausage, onion, green pepper and cajun seasonings to make a saucy stew to serve over rice. And the rice can be cooked at the same time and in the same pot as the red beans!


  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) dried small red beans (adzuki beans not the large kidney beans)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound cajun andouille sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp cold water
  • Optional: sour cream

For optional pot in pot rice:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked white rice


  1. Soak or quick soak: Soak your beans overnight in 4 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt OR perform the quick soak method.
    1. Quick Soak: Add the beans to your Instant Pot with 4 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil using the saute setting. Once the water is boiling then quickly cover the pressure cooker and and turn valve to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 2 minutes. When time is up slowly move valve to venting. If foam escapes then move valve back to sealing for 20 seconds and try again. Remove the lid.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans thoroughly.
  3. Add soaked beans to the Instant Pot. Add in onion, garlic, paprika, cajun seasoning, thyme, celery, pepper, bay leaf, sausage and 3 cups of water.
  4. Cover your Instant Pot and move valve to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 12 minutes. When the time is up let the pressure release naturally for up to 20 minutes. Then remove the lid.
  5. Discard the bay leaf.
  6. Thicken the stew with a cornstarch slurry. Mix 2 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of cold water until smooth then stir the mixture into the Instant Pot. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. The stew will thicken fairly quickly.
  7. Serve red beans and sausage over rice. We liked ours with a dollop of sour cream on top. To make this less spicy you could use a regular smoked sausage instead of cajun sausage and use half as much smoked paprika.


To make pot in pot rice: Fill a pan that fits in your Instant Pot with 2 cups of water and 1 ⅓ cups of rice. Use a sling to lower the pan on top of the other ingredients. I did this using my OXO sling* and a pan like this* and it worked fabulous!

  • Category: Sausage
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Cajun