Easy Instant Pot Sausage and Rice

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Quick and easy Instant Pot sausage and rice. Hearty one dish recipe you can throw together in minutes. Flavorful weeknight meal everyone will enjoy!

Don't you just love it when you can combine 2 or 3 of your favorite foods and create a dish that's so full of flavor, you want to have it for dinner every night? That's how this Instant Pot smoked sausage and rice is for me.

decorative blue bowl with Instant Pot sausage and rice, with green peas, sitting on wooden countertop on gray linen

I have always loved smoked sausage. When you combine it with rice (or cauliflower rice), onion, garlic, certain spices like smoked paprika, and a dash of green peas, you've got a blue ribbon dinner winner.

Now I do like to use regular rice, but as I've told you before, I have a low carber in the house. So he'll sometimes make this one pot meal with cauliflower rice, if he even wants any rice at all.

This is a delicious dump and go meal, and it really reminds me of a good Cajun dish like jambalaya, but without all the other ingredients. The smoked paprika gives it a real kick in flavor.

If you love this Instant Pot kielbasa and rice, check out this sausage and chicken casserole, also made in the Instant Pot.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the easy dinner recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card with a longer how to video.

Instant Pot kielbasa and rice with peas and wooden spoon in pressure cooker

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Remember, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Instant Pot – We just use our 6-qt. pot for this.

Wooden Spoon

Butcher Block Cutting Board and Knife or Vegetable Chopper

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SAUSAGE AND RICE

Before you even heat up your Instant Pot, be sure to prep your ingredients and have them ready to go. This means go ahead and mince up your garlic and onion, slice the sausage, and make chicken broth if you're not using already made broth.

Then follow these steps…

  1. Press “Sauté” on your Instant Pot, and once it's heated up, add the olive oil, garlic, and onion, sautéing 'til they become soft.
  2. Add in the sausage slices, and brown for a good 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Then sprinkle in the seasonings, and add the rice and chicken broth, mixing everything together.
  4. Place the lid on your Instant Pot, set the valve to seal, and press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” with a cook time of 5 minutes. Allow it to do a natural release.
  5. Once it's released, go ahead and remove the lid, and stir in the thawed peas. Put the lid back on, and allow those peas to warm for about 5 minutes. No need to turn on the pot; just let everything sit in its own warmth.
  6. Then stir and fluff the rice, and serve it up!
steps for how to make Instant Pot kielbasa and rice in Instant Pot, first sautéing onions and garlic, then adding sliced sausage, then adding in chicken broth and rice, pressure cooker set to 5 minutes cook time, adding in peas, and fluffing rice after cooked

It's such an easy meal to make. One pot Instant Pot dinners are the absolute best!

Not sure how to use your Instant Pot? You're not alone; I have a lot of friends and readers who've ordered one but but have yet to get it out of the box and actually use it. But I've got ya covered with my quick and easy Instant Pot guide.

WHAT KIND OF RICE SHOULD I USE?

We prefer to use a long grain rice to make pressure cooker sausage and rice. In fact, I prefer to use Riceland Long Grain Rice because it's grown right here in Arkansas.

Jasmine rice and basmati rice are more great examples of long grain rice.

The reason I prefer long grain rice is because it really fluffs up after cooking, and it won't be so moist; it'll have a drier texture to it, so it doesn't just clump up into heaps of cooked rice.

wooden spoonful of Instant Pot smoked sausage and rice with green peas over pressure cooker full of rice

You can also make this recipe with brown rice or cauliflower rice, but just keep in mind that it will change the texture and taste of the finished dish.

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE?

Sure you can! You can double or even triple the recipe, as long as your Instant Pot is big enough to hold all the ingredients.

This recipe makes enough to feed about 5 people. So if you have a crowd of 10 or more, feel free to increase as needed.

forkful of smoked sausage and rice, with green peas, in blue and red decorative bowl on wooden countertop with gray linen

WHAT IF I GET A BURN MESSAGE?

Thankfully, this hasn't happened when we've made this recipe, but different brands and types of pressure cookers may differ.

So to avoid that ominous burn message, you may want to avoid stirring everything together when you add the chicken broth. Just make sure all the rice is submerged in the liquid, so it will cook properly.

blue bowl full of pressure cooker sausage and rice with green peas, on wooden countertop with red and white striped kitchen towel

CAN I FREEZE SAUSAGE AND RICE?

Yes, you can make smoked sausage with rice ahead of time and freeze it. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

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Yield: 5

Easy Instant Pot Sausage and Rice

Easy Instant Pot Sausage and Rice

Quick and easy Instant Pot sausage and rice. Hearty one dish recipe you can throw together in minutes. Flavorful weeknight meal everyone will enjoy!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Before you even heat up your Instant Pot, be sure to prep your ingredients and have them ready to go.
  2. Press “Sauté” on your Instant Pot.
  3. Once it's heated up, add the olive oil, garlic, and onion, sautéing 'til they become soft.
  4. Add in the sausage slices, and brown for a good 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Then sprinkle in the seasonings, and add the rice and chicken broth, mixing everything together.
  6. Place the lid on your Instant Pot, set the valve to seal, and press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” with a cook time of 5 minutes. Allow it to do a natural release.
  7. Once it's released, go ahead and remove the lid, and stir in the thawed peas. Put the lid back on, and allow those peas to warm for about 5 minutes. No need to turn on the pot; just let everything sit in its own warmth.
  8. Then stir and fluff the rice, and serve it up!

Notes

*You can use smoked sausage, kielbasa, andouille sausage, etc.

*WHAT KIND OF RICE SHOULD I USE?

We prefer to use a long grain rice to make pressure cooker sausage and rice. In fact, I prefer to use Riceland Long Grain Rice because it's grown right here in Arkansas.

Jasmine rice and basmati rice are more great examples of long grain rice.

The reason I prefer long grain rice is because it really fluffs up after cooking, and it won't be so moist; it'll have a drier texture to it, so it doesn't just clump up into heaps of cooked rice.

You can also make this recipe with brown rice or cauliflower rice, but just keep in mind that it will change the texture and taste of the finished dish.

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE?

Sure you can! You can double or even triple the recipe, as long as your Instant Pot is big enough to hold all the ingredients.

This recipe makes enough to feed about 5 people. So if you have a crowd of 10 or more, feel free to increase as needed.

WHAT IF I GET A BURN MESSAGE?

Thankfully, this hasn't happened when we've made this recipe, but different brands and types of pressure cookers may differ.

So to avoid that ominous burn message, you may want to avoid stirring everything together when you add the chicken broth. Just make sure all the rice is submerged in the liquid, so it will cook properly.

CAN I FREEZE SAUSAGE AND RICE?

Yes, you can make smoked sausage with rice ahead of time and freeze it. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1252mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 20g

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10 thoughts on “Easy Instant Pot Sausage and Rice”

  1. We really liked the flavor and ease of this recipe. However, my rice wasn’t cooked at all. I had to do the high pressure for 5 minutes twice and the rice was still chewy. I used long grain brown rice. Any suggestions on improvement for that next time?

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  2. I just made it tonight and it was PERFECT! I sauteed a few shrimp and served it alongside it. The only thing i did to give it an extra kick was added 1/2 tsp of cajun seasoning, like Tony Chateries. So good, this will go into our rotation for sure!

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  3. We loved this dish. I used Jasmine rice and it took on a life of it’s own. The smells and the many different flavors (smoked paprika is a favorite) was mesmerizing. Thanks for such a delightful meal.

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  4. I just made this for dinner tonight. I was worried at first bite that it wasn’t flavorful enough but I found it got better with each bite. So delicious and so easy. I used jasmine rice and it turned out perfectly. I might up the spices….maybe the saffron blends just to change it up once in awhile but it really was delicious.

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