Rice with Sausage – Instant Pot

(Arroz con Salchicha - Olla de Presión)

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Rice is definitely a staple in the Puerto Rican culture.  We also love to stew our rice with many cuts of meat or seafood.   I have been a “flexitarian” for more than 50 years.  A flexitarian are those individuals that occasionally consume meat.   However, when I do include meat in my diet, rice with sausage is one of my favorite Puerto Rican dishes that is prepared at least twice a year in our household.

This delicious rice with sausage only takes 4 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.   The tropical aroma of this rice dish permeates into the air when the lid is removed from the Instant Pot.   This is definitely a result of all the Caribbean herbs, vegetables and spices added to this dish.

Note:  Read your  “User Manual” in its entirety before operating your pressure cooker.

A Little Bit of History!

A German butcher from Frankfurt moved to Vienna, Austria, where he introduced the long thin wiener that was made with pork and beef.   These link sausages were then cooked and smoked at low temperatures.

The Vienna Sausages were brought to the island of Puerto Rico in 1898.   We also stew the Vienna sausages and serve over white rice.

In 1903, the European immigrants brought the Vienna Sausages to the United States.  However, in the 1950’s, the casings were removed from the sausages and they were cut into smaller pieces and canned.   Today, the Vienna Sausages are sold in cans.

Let’s Rinse the Rice and Prepare the Vienna Sausages!

Rinse and drain 1½ cups of long-grain white rice with cold water, using a fine-mesh strainer.  The water will be cloudy at first because you are basically removing the surface starch.  When the water runs clear, the rice is rinsed.

Open two cans of Vienna Sausages (4.6 ounces each can) and drain the liquid with a small strainer.  

Remove sausages from both cans and cut in halves.

Program the Settings for Sautéing!

Press the Cancel Button to turn on the power.  Select the Sauté program and press the Sauté button twice to change the temperature to “Less.”  The Less Mode is for simmering your ingredients.

Press the “Minus” button to change the sautéing time to 8 minutes.

When the word “HOT” is displayed on the LCD Screen, the sauté temperature has been reached.  We can now add the sautéing ingredients to the inner pot.

Sautéing the Ingredients!

Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt (lite), 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, 3 sprigs chopped cilantro and 2 minced garlic cloves to the inner pot.

We can now add the Vienna Sausages, 1 tablespoon sofrito and 1 seasoning envelope with annatto and coriander.

Click on the link to learn how to make a large batch of Sofrito or click on the link on How to Make Sofrito for a Single Meal.   If you don’t want to purchase the seasoning envelopes, click on the link to prepare your own Special Blend of Seasonings.

Stir all the ingredients until well blended and sauté for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After 8 minutes of sautéing, the Instant Pot will beep several times.  Press the Cancel Button to stop the sautéing process.

Adding the Remaining Ingredients to the Inner Pot!

Pour 1½ cups water and add ½ cup corn to the inner pot. 

We are now ready to add 1½ cups long-grain white rice.  

Stir rice well into liquid.

After stirring the rice into liquid, we are ready to cook the rice, using the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Setup and Program Settings!

Close the lid into lock position.

Turn the Steam Release Handle to Sealing position.

Press Cancel button to turn on power.  Select the Pressure Cook button to manually program your settings.

Now we can press the “Minus” button to decrease the cooking time to 4 minutes.   The pressure cooker will start building pressure as it is heating.  When the unit is completely pressurized, the cooking cycle will start counting down based on the time setting we selected.  

The pressure cooker will automatically switch to the “Keep Warm” function after cooking the rice for 4 minutes.   It will start counting up.   We need to count up for 10 minutes to obtain the 10-minute natural release process.  After the unit has naturally released the pressure for 10 minutes, press the cancel button.  We are ready to release the remaining pressure.

Quick Release Function!

Turn the Steam Release Handle to Venting Position for a Quick Release. 

When the pressure is completely released from the unit, the float valve drops down.  We can now remove the lid from the pressure cooker.

Ready to Stir and Serve the Rice!

Remove the lid from the cooker and stir the rice.   

The rice is very tender and fluffy, bursting in tropical flavors.  This rice dish can also be served with Stewed Red Kidney Beans.

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube Video on How to Prepare Rice with Sausage, using a Pressure Cooker!

Nutritional Facts and Recipe!

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Rice with Sausage – Instant Pot


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 Minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x

Description

This delicious rice with sausage only takes 4 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.  The tropical aroma of this rice dish permeates into the air when the lid is removed from the Instant Pot.   This is definitely a result of all the Caribbean herbs, vegetables and spices added to this dish.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3 sprigs chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (4.6 ounces each) Vienna Sausages, cut into halves
  • 1 tablespoon sofrito
  • 1 seasoning envelope with coriander and annatto
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice

Instructions

  1. Read the entire User’s Manual before operating your Instant Pot.
  2. Rinse the rice.
  3. Press the Sauté button.  Change the temperature to “Less.”
  4. Press the “Minus” button to change the sautéing time to 8 minutes.
  5. Add all the ingredients except for water, corn and rice.  Stir until well blended and sauté for 8 minutes.
  6. Press “Cancel” button to stop the sautéing process.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients:  water, corn and rice.  Stir rice well into liquid.
  8. Cover pressure cooker with lid in lock position.  Turn Steam Release Handle to the Sealing position.
  9. Select Pressure Cook button.  Cook at High Pressure.  Press the “Minus” button to decrease the time for 4 minutes.
  10. When pressure cooking is done, use natural release for 10 minutes.  Press the Cancel button.
  11. Release the remaining pressure by turning the Steam Release Handle to Venting position for a Quick Release.
  12. Remove lid when the pressure is completely released and the float valve drops down.
  13. Stir rice and serve with your favorite stewed beans if you so desire.

Notes

Visit my Website (aidaskitchenboricua.com) for the ingredients on how to create your own special blend of seasoning and how to prepare sofrito for a single meal.   You will find the same information on Page 14 and Page 19 of my cookbook – Aida’s Kitchen a lo Boricua.

  • Category: Rice and Grains
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

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Category: Instant Pot, Rice and Grains

2 Comments. Leave new

  • Buenos días y gracias por compartir ésta receta. Mi pregunta es que cuánta agua le echo si uso el arroz Uncle Bens que se cocina siempre con doble del agua. Gracias.

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    • Hola Sailor, Acabo de leer por el internet que debe usar el arroz original de Uncle Ben’s Rice (Uncle Ben’s Original) con la presión de olla. También que use la misma cantidad de agua y arroz pero adjuste los minutos para cocinar el arroz a 19 minutos, usando una taza de agua con una taza de arroz. Nunca he usado el arroz Uncle Ben pero le recomiendo que uno aprende las cosas con la práctica en la cocina. Que tenga un buen día.

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