New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Over the years, (I would like to think that) I have mastered this New Orleans Favorite. After watching my mom cook red beans & rice for many years, I now cook them for my husband, his family, my co-workers, and friends. I apologize, up front, for the absence of certain measurements, but as you know, when cooking, sometimes we just eyeball it and then perform a taste test later. NOTE: I cook white beans the same way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans (optional: soak overnight or for several hours prior to cooking, in order to avoid possible gas effects that sometimes result when eating beans).
  2. After rinsing, place the beans in the stock pot and fill 3/4 full of water. (The water will reduce as the beans cook). Bring to a boil.
  3. After the water comes to a boil, saute chopped onions and garlic in approximately 2 tablespoon of margarine, then add it to the beans. Lower heat to med-high and cook for approximately one hour.
  4. Add remaining seasoning, including seasoning salt, (optional) salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and bay leaves. Cook for another hour on med-high. Throughout cooking, add boiling water (and additional seasoning) to the pot, if the liquid reduces too much. Stir occasionally.
  5. Next -- this is the "magical step" -- add 1 stick of butter and cook for another hour on med-high, stirring occasionally. Watch the heat and adjust accordingly to avoid scorching your beans.
  6. Heat the ham and smoke sausage pieces in the microwave and add to the pot of beans. I like to heat the meat, so that my beans will continue cooking at its current temperature.
  7. Continue to cook on medium to medium-low, as the beans thicken. Stir occasionally. NOTE: I stay pretty close to my pot when cooking beans, so I can make sure they don't begin to stick.
  8. Serve over rice -- perhaps, add a piece of cornbread and ENJOY!


Most Helpful

I had never cooked red beans before and used this recipe for my guide. My husband LOVED them and said may be the best he has ever had! I used ham pieces and one small piece of sausage along with a few bacon crumbles and a really small amount of bacon grease (1 tablespoon or less) and reduced the bay leaves to 3. I used real butter. I think I will be cooking the beans in the future. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.

sweetgirlkcr June 07, 2016

Made this for tonight's dinner and we loved it! I used red beans because I don't like kidney beans, and cooked most of the day in the crockpot. Yum!

eaglemom_2_12887095 March 27, 2014

We really enjoyed these red beans. I cooked mine in the Crockpot after soaking them overnight. I cooked them 2 hours on high before adding the onion and and garlic. Then cooked them a further few hours. Once they were mostly done, I added the meat, bay leaves, seasoning, and butter. Boy, the butter added a wonderful flavor! I cooked them a final few hours on low and they were YUMMY! Made for Spring 2009 PAC. (-: Thanks for posting!

A Good Thing April 12, 2009

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