Rice and Peas

Total Time 3 Hours 15 Mins

5/5
If you want to cook like a Jamaican you need to learn how to make Rice and Peas! It’s a staple in Jamaican cuisine, and a tradition on most Sunday tables. – Mama Fay

 

What most people call beans we call peas. For this recipe we use kidney beans instead of the harder to find red peas. You’ll need to soak the dried beans overnight to reconstitute them and then cook them for about 1 hour to use them in this recipe. Cooking the peas from “scratch” is the traditional way to make rice and peas, but for those with less time on your hands I have a Quick Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe using canned beans that won’t disappoint.

Coconut is an important ingredient and I love to use creamed coconut. However, If you can’t find it where you shop you can substitute 1 cup of the water for 1 cup of coconut milk to get the same aromatic result. 

Traditional Rice and Peas Recipe

Cook Like A Jamaican
If you want to cook like a Jamaican you need to learn how to make Rice and Peas! It’s a staple in Jamaican cuisine, and a tradition on most Sunday tables. – Mama Fay
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 7

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup Dried Kidney Beans
  • 4 cups (1L) Water
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • ½ package Creamed Coconut
  • 1 Small onion or 2 stalks escallion chopped
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) Salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Dried Thyme
  • A few slices Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Long Grain or Basmati Rice (rinsed and drained)

Instructions
 

  • Overnight: Soak kidney beans in 2 cups of water overnight
  • Place garlic, kidney beans and water they were soaked in into a large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to Medium and continue cooking until the beans are soft, about 1 hour
  • Add coconut cream and stir until dissolved
  • Add chopped onion, salt, black pepper to saucepan and stir in thyme and scotch bonnet pepper
  • Stir in rice and remaining 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
  • Turn heat to Low, cover pot and cook until all water is absorbed (about 15 to 20 min).
  • Fluff up rice with a fork before serving.
Keyword kidney beans, peas, rice

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 28, 2024

Lovely recipe! Was so delicious and very moist, would make again

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