It’s so easy to prep and clean!!! I decided that my first meal that I would prepare in an instant pot would be red beans and rice because it usually takes me over 4 hours on the stove and 8 hours in a crockpot. And to be honest…with this weather in Louisiana…this momma is not standing in front of no stove for 2 hours much less 4!! When making Red Beans and Rice you can used any type of meats that you want. There are times that I would use thick chunks of pork belly with pickle pork and sausages…you can use ham hock, pig feet, pig tail etc…just depending on your preferences. When I used the Instant Pot …I didn’t have to soak my beans…I just pour them straight into the instant pot and cooked it.
This is the INSTANT POT that I have…but they have a smaller version…. here. This one has a yogurt function. Depending on how big your family is and what functions you are looking for..they have so many to choose from. I have to say that its one of the best kitchen appliance that I have. When I was doing my house renovation and living in a small area of my house…I used my instant pot for every MEAL!! It saved us from having to go eat out every single day.
Red Beans and Rice
1 pound red beans
1 pound of baby pork spareribs (cut into little pieces)
4 pieces of pig feet
1 pound pickled pork
1 package of CUBED ham (I don’t get the seasons one because I find its too salty)
1/2 bell pepper diced
4 stalks celery chopped
1 small onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic minced
3 bay leaf
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Tony Chacheres (Cajun seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce
Pack of spicy sausage (I cook this separately because we don’t like the sausage mushy)
1 small can of Blue Runner Creole Cream style red beans (16 oz)
1 stick butter
****CHEATING METHOD: 1 small can of blue runner red beans (I pour that in after everything is cook and when I am mushing the red beans against the side of the pot. I find it makes my red beans creamy….this is strictly OPTIONAL.
Green onion chopped
Cracked black pepper
In a little pot I filled it up with water and place my cut spareribs and pig feet in and blanch over to get all the gunk out. Once the pot start boiling I blanch through. Next, I wash it with just regular tap water and then I place it on top of the red beans that is already in the instant pot. Next, I lay all my veggies (chopped onions, bell peppers, garlic, and celery) in top. Cover with just enough water to cover everything. Then, I ADD all my seasoning on top. Don’t forget the BAY leaf.
Close the lid and turn on to the “beans/chilli” setting but I adjust the time to 1 hour. I do a QUICK RELEASE and add in 1 small can of blue runner red beans into my pot. Taking a small spoon or ladle…I smooch the beans against the pot to make it more creamy. Then I add 1 stick of unsalted butter into the pot.
Serve over white rice and garnish with some chopped parsley and green onions.
Season according to taste. I used a pickle pork so I didn’t need to add that much salt or Tony Chacheres.