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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!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff



  • Before you even heat up your Instant Pot, be sure to prep your ingredients and have them ready to go.
  • Press “Sauté” on your Instant Pot.
  • Once it's heated up, add the olive oil, garlic, and onion, sautéing 'til they become soft.
  • Add in the sausage slices, and brown for a good 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Then sprinkle in the seasonings, and add the rice and chicken broth, mixing everything together.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Then stir and fluff the rice, and serve it up!



*I love to use smoked sausage, usually beef smoked sausage. You can also get great flavor by using kielbasa, andouille sausage, etc.
*We prefer to use a long grain rice to make pressure cooker sausage and rice. 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 keep in mind that it will change the texture and taste of the finished dish.
What If You Get a Burn Message?
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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g
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