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Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe

This Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe is the BEST quintessential Caribbean side with perfectly fluffed rice and delicious red beans with a hint of coconut flavor and spices galore. It is the perfect accompaniment to Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken, Jerk Chicken and plantains.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword beans, caribbean, jamaican, peas, rice, rice and peas
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 329kcal


  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 6 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups uncooked parboiled rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Grace Pure Creamed Coconut
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice


  • Put the beans and 4 cups of the stock in a medium dutch oven or saucepan and soak, covered, overnight.
  • Bring the beans and stock to a full boil and boil for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the beans until tender, about 1 hr.
  • Add the remaining 2 ½ cups sock and bring to a boil. Using a fork, stir in the rice, grated creamed coconut, thyme, habanero, salt and allspice and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the thyme and habanero. Fluff the rice, separate the grains with a fork and serve.


Tip: You must used parboiled rice for this recipe. Other rice grains just won’t work.
Quick soak method: Bring the water and beans to af full boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover with a lid, and let the beans stand for 1 hr. Ready to use.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2.6mg