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Jamaican Rice and Peas for dinner

Jamaican Rice and Peas

This easy to follow recipe will have you cooking like a Jamaican in no time flat. If you're a Jamaican, you better know how to cook rice and peas.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 476kcal
Author https://myjamaicanrecipes.com/


  • 2 cups long grain white rice (brown rice can be substituted)
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 stalks scallions (AKA green onions)
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (AKA habanero) chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups dried kidney beans canned kidney beans can be used as a substitute
  • 2 springs thyme dried
  • 1/2 tbs black pepper
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 7 whole allspice seeds (AKA pimento seeds)


  • The first thing you must do if you're using dried kidney beans is to make sure you soak them overnight in a bowl of water. This softens the texture of the beans. I prefer dried beans, but you can use the canned kidney beans instead. Drain the water from the beans and rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Place your beans in a medium saucepan, add about 3 cups of water and boil for about 1 hr under a medium flame. Your beans should now be tender (test by sticking a fork into one of them). 
  • While your beans are simmering, you can now add your unsweetened coconut milk, and stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Then you add your chopped garlic, scallions (green onions), thyme, allspice seeds and scotch bonnet pepper.
  • Add your salt and pepper to the mix
  • Stir under a medium-high flame for about 5 minutes or so. Then you can add your rice and cook until the rice is cooked and fluffy, which takes about ½ hr to 40 minutes. There you have it, delicious Jamaican rice and peas.


Please check out this very useful video from http://caribbeanpot.com/


Serving: 01 | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg