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Red Beans & Rice Pressure Cooker Recipe

Cajun Red Beans & Rice Recipe for the Electric Pressure Cooker

I wanted an electric pressure cooker for a while before I ended up buying the one I own.

My curiosity for a pressure cooker came after my husband starting hunting deer and I wanted to find ways to cook venison (successfully).

I thought pressure cooking was a lost art these days. Not knowing where to begin in my search for a pressure cooker, I jotted this on my list of ‘wants’ that I keep for myself. I tucked my list to the back in a drawer.

Electric Pressure Cooker

I had not heard of an electric pressure cooker until that day a few years ago. The day I turned the TV on and an infomercial was pitching electric pressure cookers.

Oh it got me-I was a jaw-dropped and hooked! Totally captivated by demonstration after demonstration of all the meals that the electric pressure cooker could create in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove or in the oven.

I had actually forgotten I was watching an infomercial.

I believe this particular infomercial is still making the rounds. Do you know which one I’m talking about? Did they get you too?

It’s amazing the way they got me to think “wow! I want that!”

I was SO thrilled to have found out about an electric pressure cooker. It was then I knew which kind of pressure cooker I wanted.

My husband walked in the room where I was watching the infomercial, with my jaw dropped and eye brow kinked and head tilted.

All he could do was look at me like something was wrong with me. And all I could say to him without looking away was, “I want one.”

He thought it was very silly that I was watching an infomercial.

Do you have an infomercial you’ve watched before that you’d be willing to admit to?

Proactive, Shark vacuums, Bare Minerals, or Nads Hair removal (remember this oldie)? We can giggle about it together.

A list of things ‘I want’ but I don’t need…

So after the infomercial was over, I went searching for my of list of things I want. I showed my husband that list.

I never leave this list lying around because these aren’t actual needs they are just ‘wants.’ And I don’t want my husband to think it’s me dropping hints of what to buy for me.

It is just a little list I keep to myself and maybe it’s a ‘between me & God’ kind of list. He knows what I need, what’s good for me and the things I don’t need to have. So why not think this way, right?

I don’t mind waiting and saving for an expensive want. Especially because waiting allows for any impulse to settle and then I am able to think things through.

Where would I store an electric pressure cooker?

Any big tool that I want for my Kitchen has to be justified because of my lack of storage. Remember, this is Little Kitchen so I needed to figure out where I can store it-space is limited here.

I have several Dutch Ovens, a couple of crock pots, several large stock pots, a wok\stir-fry, a stand mixer, a mac-daddy food processor, and a couple of other pieces of equipment that take up a lot of space.

Time passed and I never bought the electric pressure cooker from the infomercial. That impulse to ‘must buy it right now’ settled as I knew it would.

However, I didn’t give up wanting that kind of pressure cooker. So I updated my list of ‘wants’ to read electric pressure cooker.

Do you keep a list of things you need and want, too?

Maybe I’m not the only one that does this? If I am, I’m not afraid to share this quirky thing about me with you.

One beautiful early spring Saturday afternoon my kids & I were headed home from the park, when I noticed a neighbor having an estate sale. I decided to pop in and look around only to be stopped dead in my tracks.

There I saw a BRAND new electric pressure cooker similar to the one I saw in the infomercial months back except this one was oval and not round.

(I am not being paid by any company or person to speak on behalf of my electric pressure cooker. So these experiences and opinions are my own. The link above is an affiliate link.)

This model has the same features the infomercial version had but this one is oval shaped -I had not clue this was an option. This oval shaped pressure cooker has a bit more room than the round one.

My neighbor’s mom loved to cook and the estate sale were items that belonged to her mom.

I sat in awe trying to decide what other pieces I wanted to pick out and bring home. There were a few other things on my ‘wants’ list at this sale.

My neighbor made me a deal for all the items I bought from her.  It literally paid to be patient with my ‘want’ I had thought about for some time.

I have used my electric pressure cooker over and over again. And I’ve created some amazing Big Eats with it!

My pressure cooker is perched on top of my refrigerator-he is on display when you walk into my Little Kitchen.

What they don’t tell you…

If you don’t have an electric pressure cooker, or have never used one before, let me be the first to share with you: there IS a learning curve.

Food Confessions:

I messed up several meals in my electric pressure cooker. Booooo!

Believe it or not- I dried out a roast. How in the heck could that happen with a pressure cooker that is supposed to cook everything to perfection. Whoops!

It was me and not the pressure cooker. What a bummer! It pains me to waste food like that.

Another time, I failed to insert the rubber gasket correctly and my electric pressure ‘exploded’ whatever I was making in my kitchen.

I don’t even remember what I cooked, but I had a LOT of cleaning to do. Glad I can look back and laugh about it now!

That infomercial I watched tells you, you can cook beef stew in under 40 minutes and lots of other meals like this.

What it doesn’t tell you, you have to account for the time you want to brown your meat first. And the pressure cooker needs time to get up to desired pressure.

Once done cooking, the cooker needs to release the pressure either naturally or forced and that takes time, too.

Despite the learning curve and mistakes I made, I want to tell you,


Also, I am way past that learning curve of mistakes now.

I have figured out how to convert several meals from the crock pot or Dutch oven to my pressure cooker.

If a meal that would normally take me 3 plus hours to cook in my (convection) oven or 8 hours in my crock pot, now takes me technically an hour and a half in the pressure cooker, than I am a HAPPY mom!

Just to be clear, I am NOT hating on any of these other pieces of kitchen tools.

I have them, and love using them. They still have a purpose in my Kitchen and I will continue to use them.

They’ve just had to make room for the new member of my Kitchen family.

Do you have an electric pressure cooker? Have you wanted an electric pressure cooker for a long time like me?

As I share about my electric pressure cooker I am going to be honest.

I am NOT being paid by any company or a person to share any of this with you.

My electric pressure cooker has been a tool, a work horse and a life saver at different times. I am glad that I waited (for the right time) to buy mine, rather than on impulse.

One recipe I was able to convert from stove top to pressure cooker is Red Beans & Rice.

A few years ago, I had my first bowl of Cajun red beans and rice and have been making it ever since but now in the electric pressure cooker.

I had a difficult time locating Tasso Ham, a key ingredient to making this Cajun dish.

Tasso Ham is made at Whole Foods grocery store and they make it in house.

I would bet in Cajun country Tasso ham is easy to find.

But if you can’t get your hands on Tasso Ham, then a spicy, hot & flavorful andouille sausage makes a great alternative or using BOTH is common with some recipes I’ve read.

I have made my recipe using both Tasso Ham and Andouille sausage at different times. Both recipes come out delicious. I like the Tasso Ham in this Eats.


I’m going to insist on this to you. The star in this dish is the red beans.  Do not compromise this dish by using a can or jarred bean.

Don’t. Do. It!

Please use dried red beans when making  red beans & rice.

Trust me, the dish will not taste the same from can or jarred beans like you get from dried beans.

Why am I insisting on the dried beans?

Dried beans will soak up all the flavor you put into the dish you are making. A can or jarred bean has soaked up the brine it has been sitting in.

There are times that I reach for canned beans when in a pinch for time. But this is NOT one of those times.

Buying dried beans is budget friendly, too, if that matters to you.


Red Beans & Rice Recipe for an Electric Pressure cooker

This recipe will present some variable depending on the make & model of your pressure cooker because of the amount of liquid you end up using or the max your machine allows.

Always check your beans for any foreign material and don’t be afraid to smell them-I’ve opened a bag that had a moldy smell to them before. It doesn’t happen often but it’s good to cover your bases.

This is my recipe and interpretation of Cajun Red Beans & Rice for an electric pressure cooker.

I have added sofrito and diced tomatoes to my recipe which isn’t in the original recipes I’ve eaten. I feel it helps add a more rounded out richness to this dish.

With any meal you make, feel free to modify it for how you like to eat.

I want you to make this and enjoy as much as we do in my home. This is a meal even my picky eater gobbles up.

If you make this, let me know how it comes out. I’d love for you to share with me on Instagram!

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Serves 8-10

Red Beans & Rice

21 minPrep Time

1 hr, 20 Cook Time

1 hr, 41 Total Time

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  • • 2 tbsp bacon fat (or any oil you have)
  • • 1 medium onion chopped
  • • 1 bell pepper chopped (your color of choice I like the lighter colored)
  • • 3 celery stalks (use leafy tops if they are on!)
  • • 4 garlic cloves freshly grated
  • • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • • 1½ lbs Tasso ham cubed (Andouille is a good alternative)
  • • 1 pound dried red kidney beans rinsed and looked over
  • • 4-5 cups of water (this will vary by your max level of your pressure cooker)
  • • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • • Kosher Salt & Pepper (to your liking)
  • • Pinch or more of cayenne pepper (the meat will help add heat use as much or little of this as you like)
  • • 1½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • • 2-3 bay leaves
  • • Optional to add to this recipe but I usually add:
  • • 2 large carrots diced (almost always add)
  • • 1 packet of Sazon Goya con Culantro Y Achiote (found in your Ethnic section)
  • • ½ cup of green sofrito


  1. On the brown setting of your electric pressure cooker, cook onions, bell pepper, celery (and carrots if you are using them) until they are tender. Season with salt & pepper. If your pressure cooker doesn’t have a brown setting, brown in a pot and transfer to your pressure cooker to cook.
  2. Add meat and brown. Stir as needed. When meat starts to brown add garlic and stir (do not allow garlic to brown).
  3. If using a green sofrito, add here after garlic has cooked for a brief time. Add vinegar, tomatoes and seasoning-stir and add red beans and water.
  4. Taste and season with additional salt & pepper. You may need to add a little more water depending on your pressure cooker. If you do, consider adjusting your seasonings here by a pinch or two more.
  5. Do not exceed the max fill line in your pressure cooker
  6. While still on the brown setting I allow to come to a boil and then shut off brown setting. Place lid on, lock and close release valve.
  7. Set pressure cooker to high and cook for about 80 minutes (time may vary but 80 minutes is what works best for my machine. You can start your time at 65 minutes. When done, force release pressure cooker to check on the beans. If they aren’t cooked,allow to cook about 15-20 more minutes. When possible allow pressure cooker to release naturally (that may take 15-20 minutes depending on make & model)
  8. Make rice according to package while beans cook; I personally like Jasmine rice best.
  9. Sometimes I smash a small portion of the red beans to make it thicken. But it will naturally thicken on it's own when reheated.
  10. Serve red beans over rice and feel free to add fresh green onions, add a pinch of cayenne or fresh peppers. Enjoy! This is even better the next day
Cuisine: Cajun | Recipe Type: Easy


This is a recipe that can be made in a heavy duty pot like a Dutch oven on the stove. Allow to cook for several hours if you do not use an electric pressure cooker.


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