Rice with Vienna Sausage – Instant Pot

(Arroz con Salchichas - Olla de Presión)


Rice is definitely a staple in the Puerto Rican culture.  We love to stew our rice especially with different cuts of meat or seafood.   Therefore, Rice with Vienna Sausage is one of my favorite Puerto Rican dishes that is prepared occasionally in our household.

This delicious Rice with Vienna Sausage only takes 4 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.   The sausages surely provide so much flavor to this rice dish along with our tropical condiments – Caribbean herbs, vegetables and spices.

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

A Little Bit of History!

A German butcher moved from Germany to Vienna, Austria, where he produced the long thin wiener made with pork and beef.   These link sausages were then cooked and smoked at low temperatures.  In addition, the Vienna Sausages were brought to the island of Puerto Rico in 1898.

Eventually, the European immigrants brought the Vienna Sausages to the United States in 1903.  However, during the 1950’s, the casings were removed from the sausages and then cut into smaller pieces and canned.   Whenever you open a can of Vienna Sausage, notice how the sausages do not have any casings on them..

Rinsing the Rice and Preparing the Vienna Sausages!

Rinse and then 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.  However, some individuals prefer to leave the sausages whole.

Selecting the Sauté Program!

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

We also want to sauté the ingredients for 8 minutes.  Therefore, press the minus bottom 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!

Rice with Vienna Sausage

Let’s start adding the following ingredients to the inner pot:  1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon Lite salt or to taste, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, 2 cans of Vienna Sausages, cut into halves, 3 sprigs chopped cilantro and 2 minced garlic cloves.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

We can now add 1 tablespoon sofrito made with culantro.  

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.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

Lastly, open 1 seasoning envelope with annatto and coriander and add to inner pot.  The seasoning envelope will basically add color to this dish.

If you are unable to purchase the seasoning envelope at your local supermarket, then click on the link to prepare your own Special Blend of Seasonings.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

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!

Rice with Vienna Sausage

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

Rice with Vienna Sausage

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

Rice with Vienna Sausage

Stir rice well into liquid.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

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

Settings for Pressure Cooking!

Close the lid into lock position.

Turn the Steam Release Handle to Sealing position.

To turn on power, press the Cancel button.  Select the Pressure Cook button to manually program your settings.

Decrease the cooking time to 4 minutes by pressing the minus button.   The pressure cooker, during this time, will start building pressure as it is heating. 

When the unit is completely pressurized, the cooking cycle will then 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 then start counting up.   We need to count up for 10 minutes to obtain the 10-minute natural release process. 

Once the unit has naturally released the pressure for 10 minutes, press the cancel button.  Subsequently, we can 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 finally remove the lid from the pressure cooker.

Ready to Stir and Serve the Rice!

Rice with Vienna Sausage

Once the lid is removed, stir the Rice with Vienna Sausage – Instant Pot to check for doneness.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

The Rice with Vienna Sausage – Instant Pot is tender and moist.   We can, therefore, serve the rice.

Rice with Vienna Sausage

This rice is very tender and fluffy, bursting in tropical flavors.  This Rice with Vienna Sausage – Instant Pot 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 Vienna Sausage (Arroz con Salchichas), using a Pressure Cooker!

Nutritional Facts and Recipe!

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only.  Please refer to our Nutritional Facts Disclaimer for more information.


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


This delicious rice with Vienna 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.

In addition, the rice is tender, moist and flavorful.  However, this is certainly as a result of all the Caribbean herbs, vegetables and spices added to this dish.



  • 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


  1. Please read the entire Instant Pot User’s Manual before operating your pressure cooker.
  2. Rinse the rice.
  3. Press the Sauté button several times to select the temperature to “Less.”
  4. Change the sautéing time to 8 minutes by pressing the minus button.
  5. Add all the ingredients except for water, corn and rice.  Stir until well blended and sauté for 8 minutes.
  6. When the units beeps, the sautéing process is complete.  You can press the cancel button.
  7. Let’s add the remaining ingredients to the inner pot:  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, the unit will automatically switch to the natural release function.  Maintain the unit in the Natural Release Mode for 10 minutes and then 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.


Visit my Website (aidaskitchenboricua.com) for the ingredients on how to create your own special blend of seasonings and how to prepare sofrito for a single meal.   Furthermore, 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

Nutritional Facts Disclaimer

Category: Pressure Cooking, Rice and Beans

4 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.

    • 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.

  • Hi Aida! I purchased your cookbook on Amazon and I’m a fan of yours now. Is it possible if you can provide the recipe to use in a pot?

    • Hi Ava, I would follow the recipe with these adjustments: 2 cups of water, 2 cups of rice, 2 tablespoon olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons sofrito and 2 seasoning envelopes. Thank you for purchasing my cookbook! Buen Provecho!


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