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How to cook rice and peas recipe

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Jamaican rice and peas are Jamaica’s most popular accompaniment, and I’m excited to share the recipe with you. Rice, red beans (peas), fresh coconut milk and season to perfection. Sunday dinner is ready!

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The Heart of Jamaican Sunday Dinners

On Sundays, there is a 99.99% chance that most Jamaicans are cooking rice and peas for dinner. I don’t know how it came about, but rice and peas for Sunday is just what you need.

It may seem that way, but cooking rice and peas on a Sunday isn’t exactly a tradition per se.

I guess it came about because we have more time to cook on a Sunday, so we tend to cook the food that takes longer to cook.

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Peas or


It can be confusing for Jamaicans to know that Jamaican rice and peas are actually made with kidney beans and not peas. For some reason, Jamaicans

call beans beans even though other beans like beans are called beans.

Because we call red bean peas, this dish is called rice and peas. You can easily tell if you are talking to a Jamaican or at a real Jamaican restaurant. If it’s beans and rice, it’s not Jamaican. It must say rice and peas!

Now that all the confusion is out of the way, let’s cook this amazing rice dish.

Jamaican Sunday dinner

What You Need

Ahh, you’ve always wondered, haven’t you? Here’s what you need. Let me break this down one by one.

Rice and pea ingredients
  • Red beans (peas): I use dried beans for this recipe. Dried beans give rice the right color, and they taste better. Canned beans seem to have lost most of the inside, which I don’t like. So I mainly use dried beans.
  • Fresh coconut milk: Coconut milk is

  • key to the flavor of this dish, so it’s best to use fresh coconut milk
  • .

  • Rice: I use easy-to-cook long-grain rice. This rice absorbs liquid very differently than basmati and other rices. If you use basmati rice, you’ll need to adjust the water or coconut milk.
  • Scotch Bonnet pepper: Use a whole Scotch pepper and add it to the pot without cutting or bursting it. I ran out of Scotch pepper, so I used chili to add the spice flavor to the rice
  • Chives, bell pepper (all-spice), garlic, ginger, thyme, salt – essential flavor base!
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How to cook Jamaican rice and peas

How to cook Jamaican rice and peas

Wash beans: Dried beans

  1. should be washed before use because they are often dirty. A little tip I learned from my grandmother is to let the beans boil in a small amount of water and then pour that water. This, she says, removes chemicals added to beans for preservation. I don’t know how true this is, but I still do to this day.
  2. Pressure cook beans

  3. : Pressure cooking of beans saves cooking time. All you need is 15 minutes, and the beans are soft. Also, add the pepper berries and a small piece of ginger to the pressure cooker.
  4. Season the pot: After 15 minutes, have the cooking cooled under pressure, then carefully remove the lid. Add garlic, spring onion, onion, Scotch pepper, salt, thyme and coconut milk.
  5. Rice: Wash rice to get rid of starch. Add it to the place.
  6. Let it steam: Once the pot starts to boil, lower the heat and let it vaporize until all the water evaporates.

Notes: If you don’t have a pressure cooker and still want to use dried beans, it’s best to soak the beans overnight before cooking. Doing this helps reduce cooking time. It can take about minutes or longer for the beans to cook without a pressure cooker.

Jamaican dinner

Use of

coconut milk and canned beans

It can feel like a long recipe for rice and peas with dried beans and fresh coconut milk. You have to cook the beans first, break the coconut, mix it and squeeze it. That’s a long process for some.

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Using canned

coconut milk and canned beans reduces cooking time. Adjust the recipe below by substituting the dried beans for a can of beans. Just as the recipe says, use a cup of coconut milk.

If canned coconut milk is less than a cup, buy it with water. This way, you will still have enough liquid to cook the rice.

How to serve rice and


So many main dishes to serve with rice and peas. Most people like chicken, brown stew, fried chicken and jerk chicken, everything goes well with rice and peas.

If you like fish like

me, you’ll like fried fish, brown fish or escovitch fish with your rice and peas


Jamaica’s popular choices for serving with rice and peas are curry goat, oxtail stew, and pepper stake.

Rice and red beans

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