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two bowls of Haitian rice and beans instant pot

Instant Pot Haitian Rice And Beans

Traditional Haitian Rice And Beans made easy in the Instant Pot. A popular dish in Haiti. Enjoy the authentic Haitian flavor in this dish. The flavors in this Haitian red beans and rice is as bold as any flavors you will find in other Haitian recipes. Thanks to pressure cookers, Haitian rice can be made in a matter of minutes! 
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Haitian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 693kcal


  • 1 cup Red Kidney Beans
  • 2 ½ cups Jasmine Rice or Basmati Rice
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (13.5 FL Oz.)
  • cup Chopped Onions
  • ¼ cup Haitian Epis (Seasoning) or 1 tbsp. better than bouillon
  • 3 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves or Allspice
  • 4 cups Water


  • In the Instant Pot (IP) add 4 cups water and cook the beans for 20 minutes on high pressure; turn the steam release handle to sealing. 
    Quick release once cooked. 
    Using a strainer, drain the beans and reserve the water. Wash the rice and set aside (see picture above).
    On the Instant Pot, click on sauté, set timer for 5 minutes. Add the oil, garlic, and onions. Cook for about 1 minute. 
    Instant Pot Haitian Rice And Beans - Red beans and rice is a popular dish in Haiti. Traditionally prepared with Haitian Epis (Haitian Seasoning Base), and served throughout the year. The flavors in this Haitian red beans and rice is as bold as any flavors you will find in other Haitian food recipes. This delicious and nourishing dish is an instant pot version. Thanks to pressure cookers, Haitian rice can be made in a matter of minutes! 
  • Add the beans and stir once. Cook for a couple of minutes. Then add the better than bouillon paste, salt, black pepper, ground cloves. Stir once. Add the rice and stir once. Cook for another minute. Add water and coconut milk, stir once.
    Cover, seal and press the "Rice" setting. Cook for 12 minutes (do not exceed this time as you do not want the rice to overcook). Quick release. Fluff and serve warm with your choice of meat or vegetables. Enjoy!  
    cooked Haitian rice and beans in instant pot



Instant Pot Haitian Rice And Beans Notes: 
Which beans can you use to make Haitian rice and beans? You can use red kidney beans and black beans to make this dish. Haitian rice and beans can also be made with sweet peas too. I personally love it with black beans and served with fish
If you cooked the beans in the IP for the time suggested, and the beans still turn out hard, cook it again on high pressure for additional 5-10 minutes depending on how soft/hard the beans are. Sometimes when making I make beans over the stove, to expedite the cooking, I would add ½ teaspoon of baking soda. This helps the beans to cook faster – something I learned growing up.
Can you use vegetable broth to make the rice and beans? Absolutely. However, you may not get that “traditional” color Haitian rice usually have. Adding vegetable or chicken broth will only enhance the flavor further. It does not hurt to try it. Be mindful, to keep it as authentic as possible, water is best as we do not usually use vegetable or chicken stock/broth when making our meals. Such broths or stocks are used when it is directly from cooking meat or vegetables. 
Not all beans are created equally. I used small red beans because it is my personal preference. However, if using kidney beans, pinto, or black beans, the cooking time may vary. 
*** Calories are estimated per serving. 
*** When printing the recipe, please unselect the camera icon so that the pictures are NOT printed with the recipe (if preferred).


Serving: 6People | Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 68.5mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 4.9mg