Mardi Gras time is here. The last day which is Fat Tuesday is February 25th this year. That means in my home all things Mardi Gras are a plenty. From wreaths and gnomes to big pots of Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice. The purple, green, and gold are a plenty.
In 2020, Mardi Gras Day is February 25. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. This is usually the most popular time to visit the French Quarter which is the weekend before when the parades run.
One of the reasons I love my instant pot duo plus 9 in 1 is that it’s makes cooking red beans and rice super simple. I don’t have to stand at the stove stirring and watching. Just pop it all into the instant pot and go about your business.
I will admit that I don’t cook the rice inside my instant pot. We just do it on the stove since you really don’t have to stand over it. Add the water and rice. Bring to a boil. Then turn to low. 25 minutes later you have cooked rice.
But you definitely can cook the rice in your instant pot. Inside the instant pot manual that comes with the pot is defined times on cooking different types of rice. These are what we recommend when making rice.
The Heat – Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice:
Changing how spicy you’d like the red beans and rice is as simple as adding more or less of the cayenne pepper and the jalapenos. I made this recipe quite mild however, you can make it spicier with more jalapeno and cayenne. Our family added more cayenne to the bowl.
Cook this the way it is and have people add more heat to their own bowl is the best way. I found that way if they want it mild the beans are good and if they want it hot they can add more cayenne pepper to the bowl.
This recipe is great to make along side a low country boil. The red beans are also fantastic for potlucks, work lunches, and family reunions. It’s a filling dish for those that love something a bit more cultured. Check out our other instant pot recipes.
Not everyone likes sausage and especially andouille sausage. If you don’t want to do andouille then feel free to use a normal brat. We used andouille but ours was a little less seasoned than normal. Just know that you can switch it out if you like. Some even use hot italian sausage. We’re all different!Print