Red Beans and Rice



1 lb. dried small red beans, sorted and rinsed

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)

1 lg. carrot, diced (about 1 cup)

2 celery stalks, diced (about 1 cup)

5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tbls. Cajun seasoning

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp.  thyme

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. liquid smoke

1/41/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (use to your preference)

2 bay leaves

4 C. vegetable broth

salt & pepper to taste


Chopped parsley or cilantro

sliced green onions

Serve over cooked rice


Set Instant Pot to saute.  Add a tablespoon of oil and sauté onion, celery, carrot and garlic until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.  I like to add some salt and pepper at this step, a hefty pinch of each.

Add beans, spices and broth.  Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes, then let pressure release naturally, according to manufacturer’s directions.

Serve over rice, top with desired garnishes.



If you’d like you can skip the sautéing step and just add everything at once to the Instant Pot and continue to cook according to directions.