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Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice

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I was craving red beans and rice but unfortunately, I didn’t plan ahead enough to soak the beans overnight. Enter the pressure cooker – the solution to all of your unsoaked bean problems! What usually takes about 3 hours to cook in a pot is cut down to about 1 hour and 15 minutes in a pressure cooker, giving you all the deliciousness of red beans with none of the overnight soaking!

Pressure cookers tend to scare people unfamiliar with them – the first time I used mine, I turned it on and ran out of the kitchen! But don’t fear, modern pressure cookers have so many built-in safety features that you’d really have to put some effort into making it explode. I promise it’s not scary!

Another disclaimer about this recipe – if you know me, you know I absolutely loathe all things bell pepper related, hence their non-existence in this recipe, although traditionally included. By all means, if you love a good bell pepper, feel free to dice one up and add it in when you start sauteing the onions and celery.

I’ma do me.

You do you, boo.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

You’ll need dried red beans, a ham hock, smoked sausage, chicken broth, creole seasoning, onion, thyme, garlic, celery and bay leaves.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

Add 2 tbsp olive oil (or bacon fat) to the bottom of the pressure cooker over medium heat. Add in onion, celery and bell pepper (if using, ew). Cook the veggies down for about 8-10 minutes. They should be soft and cooked through.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

Add in salt, pepper, creole seasoning and stir to combine with vegetables.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

Add in thyme and garlic…

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

…and the sausage. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook until the sausage has browned, about 5 minutes.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

Add in the beans, the chicken stock and the bay leaves…

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

…and finally, the ham hock. If you can’t find a ham hock, a smoked turkey leg or neck will also work. Strap on the lid and bring the cooker to full pressure. Reduce the heat and keep the pressure steady (according to your pressure cooker’s manufacturer’s instructions). Start timing for 60 minutes once the cooker has come to pressure.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

Ta-da! After an hour, turn off the heat and let the pressure release naturally.  I needed about 15 more minutes of cooking (without pressure and with the lid off) once the pressure came down.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

I love lots of chopped green onion on top.

pressure cooker red beans and rice recipe on fmitk.com

A delicious and hearty meal, by basically just throwing everything in the pressure cooker! Serve with steamed white rice.

Pressure Cooker Red Beans and Rice
 
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Adapted from joy the baker
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Recipe type: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or bacon fat if you have it on hand)
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced **see note below
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp creole seasoning (like Tony Chachere), more to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb dried red beans
  • 1 ham hock (smoked turkey leg or neck will also work)
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • ~6 cups cooked white rice, to serve
  • green onion, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a pressure cooker over medium heat (at least 6 quarts), add in olive oil. Once hot, add in onion, celery and bell pepper (if using, see notes). Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes - vegetables should be soft and cooked through.
  2. Add salt, pepper and creole seasoning to the vegetables and stir to combine.
  3. Stir in garlic, thyme and sausage. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the sausage has browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the red beans and the ham hock to the pot, followed by the chicken stock. Be sure to follow your pressure cooker's manufacturer's instructions for limits on the amount of liquid that can be added to your pressure cooker. The beans should be completely covered by chicken stock, but take care not to go over your pressure cooker's "max fill line".
  5. Bring the cooker up to full pressure. Once pressure has been reached, reduce the heat just enough to maintain full pressure, then start timing for one hour. After one hour, allow the pressure to come down naturally.
  6. Remove the lid and taste - adjust the seasonings and, if necessary, cook a bit longer (some of my beans were still a little tough and needed another 15 minutes of cooking - uncovered with no pressure).
  7. Serve with hot white steamed rice and garnish with green onion.
Notes
Disclaimer: I absolutely loathe all things bell pepper, hence their non-existence in this recipe. By all means, if you love a good bell pepper, feel free to dice one up and add it in when you start sauteing the onions and celery.

 

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9 replies
  1. Kimberly Carlile
    Kimberly Carlile says:

    The red beans in the picture look soaked. (Some are wrinkly.) Are you sure you can use just dried (but rinsed) beans and have them turn out tender?

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    • holly
      holly says:

      Hi Kimberly! I rinse and *pick through the beans, and 9 times out of 10 I’m not soaking the beans. If you’re concerned about the beans not cooking throughly, you can try a “quick” soak – cover the beans with water and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and cover, and let stand for an hour. 🙂

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    • holly
      holly says:

      Hi Rose! I’ve never had an issue with the sausage texture. I probably cut the sausage a bit thicker than most people so that may be why? If you’re worried, you can definitely cook the beans + smoked meat together, then add the sausage after the pressure releases and cook until warmed through 🙂

      Reply
  2. Martha
    Martha says:

    I have the crushed bay leaves that came in my spice rack. Can I use them and if so, how much would I use? When are they added in the recipe. I didn’t see that above in the recipe?

    Reply
    • holly
      holly says:

      Hi Martha! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, crushed bay is fine and just add it in with the stock 🙂 Thanks!

      Reply

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