Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice inside the pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

This Southern classic is made with vegetables, sausage, beans and Cajun seasoning, all in just 4 steps, right in the pressure cooker. This recipe is easy because we are using smoked sausage (instead of andouille sausage that usually comes raw) so no need to cook it first. Also, since small red beans are hard to find, we are using red kidney beans instead.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot red beans and rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
natural release 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 370 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb smoked sausage see note
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 lb dry red beans 2 cups
  • 2 cups water
  • 2.5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • cooked rice for serving
US Customary - Metric


  1. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your Instant Pot. Press "saute" setting and wait 2 minutes. Add oil.
  2. Add chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped celery and chopped bell pepper. Saute for 3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add seasoning and stir well. Saute for 1 minute. Add sausage and stir well. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Press "cancel/off" button. Add 1/2 cup of water and deglaze the pot (scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to make sure all cooked on bits are off).
  5. Add remaining water and vegetable stock. Add beans and stir everything together.
  6. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing position (newer models do it on their own).
  7. Press "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set the timer to 35 minutes. Make sure the Instant Pot is set to cook at HIGH pressure.

  8. The IP will beep and it will start coming to pressure. When the timer is up, press "cancel/off" button and let the pressure release naturally.
  9. When the sealing pin has dropped, carefully open the lid away from your face. Stir the bean mixture.
  10. Serve over rice with a garnish of chopped green onions.

Recipe Notes

I use smoked sausage in my recipe because I am feeding a family of 5 with small children, so a mild sausage is preferred. If you want the dish spicy, use the classic andouille sausage, but you have to cook it first, remove onto a plate and then follow the recipe from step 1.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1251mg54%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Vitamin C 19.3mg23%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.