Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans

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Insta-Pot New orleans red beans

New Orleans red beans and rice are a staple of the community. Now you can make one of New Orleans classic recipes with ease and in a shorter time, thanks to instant pot or any pressure cooker. This recipe is easy, delicious and feeds an army.

Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans

New orleans Red beans cooking Tips:

You’ll notice that I only season my beans at the end. Seasoning at the end helps the spices and herb coat the beans better. Something adding salt will make the beans toughen during cooking.

Smash the beans against the wall of the pot to make the beans creamy. This creamy texture is a key technique of New Orleans red beans. You only need to smash a few of them to achieve this great texture.

In the recipe video, I mentioned onion powder in the seasoning mix, there’s none in it but it won’t hurt adding it.

Can you make ahead?

Absolutely! Red beans is one of those dishes that taste better the next day.

Freezer: It’s a New Orleans tradition to make a big batch and freeze half of it. After red beans cool, transfer to an airtight container. Place in freezer for 6 months max.

Fridge: After red beans cool, transfer to an airtight container. Place in fridge for 7 days max. (If they last that long.)

Reheating: Turn on heat to medium, in a small or medium sauce pan, add red beans, cook until mixture starts to boil. About 10 minutes or less.

Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans

Recipe Video:

Substitution Options:

If you cannot find smoked turkey necks, smoked turkey legs or wings work.

If you cannot find beef bacon, turkey bacon or bacon works.

Do not use canned red beans for this recipe.

You can make this vegan by omitting the beef bacon and turkey necks. Use a vegan sausage as a substitute for the sausage and use a vegan worcestershire sauce. Worcestershire contains anchovies.

what to serve with red beans and rice?

Menu Ideas:

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Recipe:

Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans
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Insta-Pot Red Beans & Rice

Tips for success: Smash the beans against the wall of the pot to make the beans creamy. This creamy texture is a key technique of New Orleans red beans. You only need to smash a few of them to achieve this great texture. *YT- I mentioned onion powder in the seasoning mix, there’s none in it but it won’t hurt adding it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Creole
Keyword red beans and rice
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 persons

Equipment

  • Tools:
  • 8-quart Insta-pot
  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large skillet
  • Dry measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 5 strips bacon chopped medium
  • 1 large onion chopped medium
  • 1 bell pepper chopped medium
  • 3 stalks celery chopped medium
  • 8 garlic cloves chopped fine
  • 2 lbs. Camelia red beans or dark kidney red beans rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 6 smoked turkey necks
  • 2 lbs. smoked beef sausage sliced medium
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne
  • To taste hot sauce
  • 3 cups rice cooked

Instructions

  • Turn on the heat to medium in a large skillet add the oil and bacon, cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the bacon gets brown and crispy. Remove the bacon, add the onions, bell peppers, and celery, cook for 2 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Add the red beans, turkey necks, sausage, vegetable mixture, worcestershire and water to the instant pot. Cover and lock lid, press pressure cook and set timer for 1 hour 30 minutes. After the timer goes off remove lid and stir in the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve beans with a scoop of cooked rice.

Notes

Normal cooking: Cook in a 8 quart pot, cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Crock pot cooking: Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

If you make this recipe, make sure to take a picture and share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag me @kennethtemple so we all can see that deliciousness!

21 thoughts on “Instant Pot New Orleans Red Beans”

  1. Heidi Flowers

    5 stars
    I love some red beans and rice, and with this way it was quick fast and very yummy 😋 for my tummy

  2. Dominique Dumas

    5 stars
    These red beans were the best i ever had. The bacon with tbe holy trinity elevated them to a new level. I love that mo gressy pork was used. Making again real soon.

  3. 5 stars
    I love a good instantpot recipe. Im not from NOLA but I live here and I also don’t have all Monday to make beans. This is IT!

  4. 5 stars
    Chef, as always, you had our stomachs feeling warm and full. The spice level was on point we even through some cornbread on that thang. #deliciousness

  5. 5 stars
    Omg, I just got finished and OMG!!!!! Thank you soooooo much!!!!! Its my first time ever making red beans and rice not from a box and it’s so delicious and I LOVE IT!!!!! Its soooo good and I’m not even over exaggerating!!!! TRY IT!!!!

  6. Can you point me to where to get smoked turkey necks…or a good substitute. I’d love to try this recipe! I love red beans and rice!

    1. Hey, I’m not sure where you live so pointing you to a location for smoked turkey necks will be hard. However, please check my substitutions options for great subs.

  7. Lakaisha Gray

    5 stars
    I cooked this on Monday and it was a hit. Now I can cook some mean red beans but this recipe added a new twist with loads of flavor. Thank you Chef this was awesome!!!!

    1. I use an instant pot and there’s only one option for pressure cooking. I would guess that if you’re using another pressure cooker high would be best.

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