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Jamaican Pumpkin Rice

Try this quick and easy Jamaican pumpkin rice recipe. This is the perfect side dish if you're looking for a healthier alternative to meat, and chicken. This has long been a favorite of many Jamaicans who are cooking on a budget or just looking to prepare a fast and quick meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 292kcal
Author https://myjamaicanrecipes.com


  • 3 Cups White Rice Can be substituted with Brown Rice
  • 1 Whole Onion Sliced
  • 2 Stalks Green onions AKA scallions
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Cubed
  • 1 Clove Garlic Minced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper Sliced
  • 6 Whole Allspice Seeds
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme Can be substituted with 1 tbsp ground thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Butter Can be substituted with Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Grace Pumpkin Soup Mix To be used if you want a more orange colored rice.
  • 1 Whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper


  • Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a medium-sized saucepan under a medium flame.
    Place chopped, onion, green onions, garlic, green pepper, scotch bonnet pepper and pumpkin in a saucepan, and let sauté for approx. 10-12 mins. Season with salt, and black pepper.
    Add 5 cups of water to a saucepan, then add the rice. Add thyme and allspice seeds to your rice. Add sautéed vegetables to your rice and stir with a fork.
    Cover your saucepan with aluminum foil (use enough to cover the top of the saucepan), and place lid on the pot. Let cook for approximately 30 minutes.
    Check intermittently if rice is cooked. If rice is hard add a ¼ cup of water and cover until fully cooked.
    After rice is cooked, remove from flame and serve.


Here is a very useful video by Chef Ricardo, with step by step instructions for making Jamaican pumpkin rice.
Can be served with and poultry, meat, or fish dish.


Serving: 01 | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1321IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg