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Jamaican rice and peas recipe

Jamaican rice and peas recipe

Make your next Sunday dinner a treat with this Jamaican rice and peas recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword Jamaican rice and peas, Rice dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 227kcal
Author Lesa


  • 1 Cup Dry red kidney beans (peas)
  • 1 Cup Fresh coconut milk
  • 2 Cups Long grain rice Washed and drained
  • 1 Small red onion Chopped
  • 2 Clove garlic Crushed
  • 1 Stak of scallions Chopped
  • 2 Sprig of thyme
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper Don't cut or burst
  • ½ inch Small piece ginger Gratered
  • 5 Pimento barries (allspice)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • Water


  • Wash the kidney beans and put them in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water, pimento berries and ginger, half the salt and pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Make sure the pressure cooker is cool before you open it.
  • Return the pot to the stove on medium heat. Add the coconut milk, thyme, scallion, onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper and the rest of the salt.
  • Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. At this point, taste to see if seasoned to your liken.
  • Add the rice. Return the lid to the pot and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let the rice steam until all the water evaporates.
  • Turn the feat off and let the rice sit for another 5 minutes. Remove the thyme stems and the scotch bonnet pepper. Serve!


  1. The type of rice you use will affect the recipe shared above. I'm using long grain rice. If you use another type of rice, you will have to adjust the recipe according to the amount of liquid and time that rice takes to cook.
  2. If you don't have a pressure cooker and still wish to use dry kidney beans, it's best to soak the beans overnight before cooking them. Doing this helps to reduce the cooking time. It may take about minutes or more for the beans to cook without a pressure cooker. 


Serving: 350g | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg