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Rice and Peas

Jamaican rice and peas

(Jamaican rice with beans and coconut milk)

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Rice and peas, as kidney beans are called in Jamaica, follows the Caribbean and Central American tradition of bean and rice dishes. Jamaicans give their version a rich, tropical flavor with the addition of coconut milk.

4 to 6 servings


  • Oil -- 2 tablespoons
  • Scallions, minced -- 3
  • Rice -- 2 cups
  • Kidney beans, cooked and rinsed -- 2 cups
  • Stock or water -- 1 1/2 cups
  • Coconut milk -- 2 cups
  • Thyme -- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Heat the oil over a medium flame in a large saucepan. Add the scallions and saute for about 1 minute. Stir in the rice until heated through and coated with oil, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the kidney beans, stock or water, coconut milk, thyme, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, for 5 to 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Rice and Peas Variations

  • Saute a minced Scotch bonnet pepper with the scallions if you like a little heat.

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