Maybe I should call this not-so-dirty rice since I didn't use chicken livers. But even with ground beef, this Instant Pot Cajun Dirty Rice tastes so good, that it is likely to become a family favorite once you make it.
WHAT IS INSTANT POT CAJUN DIRTY RICE?
Traditionally it's rice made with chicken livers and that holy trinity of Cajun cooking, a mirepoix of onions, bell peppers, and celery. I have to say, chicken livers do give it a lovely deep flavor. But I don't usually buy chicken livers.
So when I had the urge to make Dirty Rice in my Instant Pot, I had to reach for what was at hand, which in my case was ground beef. You could use finely chopped chicken livers if you prefer, to make this Cajun Dirty Rice.
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INSTANT POT CAJUN DIRTY RICE
So when you're using your Instant Pot for this dirty rice, you don't really need to brown the ground beef. What you do what to do, however, is break up the ground beef enough so that it doesn't cook in one big clump.
One VERY IMPORTANT THING about this recipe. If you have ANYTHING at all stuck on the bottom of the pan, or even the littlest bit of browning, be absolutely sure to deglaze the bottom of the inner liner of your Instant Pot. If you don't, you might well get the dreaded BURN error.
But if you follow the recipe as written, you shouldn't really have an issue.
If you're looking for more great cajun dishes to pair this recipe with, check out my Cajun Shrimp and Sausage!
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And if you're looking for more delicious rice recipes, my Nigerian Fried Rice recipe is absolutely bursting with flavor! And my Instant Pot Jasmine Rice will help you make perfect Jasmine Rice every time.
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- 2 tablespoons Oil
- 1.5 cup Mirepoix, fresh or frozen, or ½ cup each diced onion, diced bell peppers, and diced celery
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 2 teaspoons Louisiana Hot Sauce
- 1 cup Basmati Rice, rinsed and drained
- Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté and when it is hot, add oil.
- Add the mirepoix and ground beef and stir, breaking up the ground beef lumps.
- Add the bay leaf, oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, salt, and rice, and stir to incorporate.
- Add water and immediately close the lid.
- Cook at high pressure for 4 minutes. Allow the pot to rest for undisturbed for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
- Stir gently to fluff up the rice, and serve.
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