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Jamaican Rice and Peas

Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe

The Jamaican rice and peas recipe is a very common dish in the Caribbean region. It originated in Jamaica but is now common throughout the Caribbean. Though it is called "rice and peas", it is actually rice and beans but it is called rice and peas because the Jamaicans call beans 'peas'.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaica
Keyword how to make jamaican rice and peas, jamaican peas and rice, jamaican rice and beans, jamaican rice and peas, recipes of rice and beans, rice and peas recipe
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4 People
Author Razi Brown


  • 2 cups Basmati rice You can use any type of rice you have. The recipe does not call for a specific type of rice to be used.
  • 2 cups Red kidney beans or pigeon peas Any type of beans can be used, for this recipe, I used red kidney beans
  • 1 and a ¼ cup Coconut milk or 1/2 of the canned coconut milk. Like I said earlier, it is a requirement for this Jamaican dish but you can make it without adding coconut milk. Not adding coconut milk will not give the real taste of the Jamaican rice and peas but at least you have the taste of the cooked rice and beans in it.
  • 10 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 or 3 tbsp Green seasoning Green seasoning is a common marinade or sauce used in Jamaica and the whole of the Caribbean. It consists of a blend of spices such as spring onions, coriander, red and green chilies, thyme, and parsley.  All the ingredients used in making the green seasoning should be fresh.
  • ½ tsp Ground Pimento The Jamaican pepper or Allspice. Fresh pimento is preferred.
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 sticks Green onions or spring onions
  • ½ tbsp All-purpose seasoning
  • 2 whole Scotch bonnets Habanero pepper can be substituted for scotch bonnets.