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Jamaican Red Beans and Rice

Easy Jamaican Rice and Peas

This is an easy version of a traditional Jamaican dish that is often simply referred to as “rice and peas” (though the “peas” are actually small red beans). I first learned to make this the authentic way from a Jamaican friend — cooking the beans from scratch and cracking open and grating a whole coconut. Coconut milk and canned beans are good shortcuts! This dish is traditionally served with sautéed plantains, a starchy, banana-like fruit. Try them if you’re feeling adventurous. You can also serve with Banana Fritters, another adaptation of a traditional Jamaican recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Easy Jamaican Rice and Peas

Jamaican Red Beans and Rice

This is a version of a traditional Jamaican favorite, there simply called “rice and peas” (though the “peas” are actually small red beans). I
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Course: Grain and bean main dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8
Author: Veg Kitchen


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice see note
  • One 15-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups cooked small red beans or two 15- to 16-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 to 5 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh leaves
  • Generous pinch of curry powder
  • Pinch of allspice optional
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a small soup pot or steep-sided stir-fry pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
  • Add the rice, coconut milk, and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. The mixture should be moist but not liquidy.
  • Stir in the beans, scallions, thyme, curry, and optional nutmeg. Cook for 5 minutes longer.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and serve.


Nutrition information
Per serving: Calories: 212;  Total fat: 6g;  Protein: 6 g;  Fiber: 5.3 g;  Carbs: 34g; Sodium: 22 mg

Jamaican Rice and Peas

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