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Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans

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This Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans recipe is generally called “rice and peas” on the island. It’s made with red kidney beans, coconut milk, and added spices.  Make it in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker for perfect results.

jamaican instant pot rice and beans in the instant pot

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Today I bring you another rice dish I grew up eating, Jamaican rice and peas. I’ve named it rice and beans for the blog because the dish is made with dark red kidney beans. Sometimes it’s made with what’s called “gungo peas” in place of the red kidney beans.

I love making rice side dishes in my Instant Pot, like this Copycat Rice a Roni. This rice side dish is no different. I can set the timer and step away from the Instant Pot while I prepare the rest of my dinner.

How to make Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans

Start by selecting Sauté button on your Instant Pot. Make sure you have selected the “more” option. Once your Instant Pot displays Hot, add your oil. Then add your chopped onion and stir until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add your minced garlic and green onions.

onions, garlic, and green onions in the Instant Pot

Then add your rinsed rice, coconut milk, water, all spice, salt, and black pepper and stir.

Next, place your springs of thyme on top and lay your beans on top of the rice. Do not stir the beans at this point.

ingredients for Instant Pot Rice and Beans in the Instant Pot with the kidney beans layered on top

Press “Cancel” on your Instant Pot and cover with the lid, making sure the valve is set to “seal”

Then, cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes. Once the timer is done, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release for 10 minutes. Open, and fluff the rice.

Jamaican instant pot rice and beans in the instant pot after cooking

Enjoy 🙂

Substitutions for Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans

  • I do not recommend using dried beans in place of the canned beans in this recipe unless they have been cooked separately at first. Dried beans take much longer to cook than the 6 minutes allotted for in this recipe. Here’s a guide to cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot.
  • Feel free to change it up with different canned bean variety.
  • Most Jamaican rice and peas recipes include scotch bonnet pepper. I don’t put them in my rice and peas recipe. Feel free to modify this recipe by adding it in.
  • Wondering what a sprig of thyme is? Check out this helpful article that defines how much a spring of thyme is.

Looking for more Jamaican recipes? Try these out:

Instant Pot Jamaican Oxtails

Brown Stew Chicken

Instant Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Soup

Jamaican Cabbage

Jamaican Rum Punch

Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans on a spoon

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Jamaican Instant Pot Rice and Beans

This Jamaican side dish of rice and beans (peas) are seasoned with delicious coconut milk and other spices. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword jamaican instant pot rice and beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 404kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 cups long grain white rice rinsed
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 15.5 oz can dark red kidney beans undrained
  • 2 sprigs of thyme


  • Set Instant Pot to "Sauté." Once Hot, add olive oil. Then add yellow onion and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and green onions and stir for about 30 more seconds.
  • Press “Cancel” on the Instant Pot. Add rice, coconut milk, water, salt, allspice, and black pepper and stir.
  • Pour kidney beans on top of the rice mixture. Do not stir. Lay sprigs of thyme on top. Cover the Instant Pot, ensuring the valve is set to “Sealing.”
  • Press “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” on the Instant Pot and set for High pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Once the pressure cooking time is done, allow it to natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure by moving valve to "Venting"
  • Open lid and remove thyme sprigs. Fluff rice with fork and Enjoy!



  • Make sure there are no dry bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. This could result in that annoying "burn" signal some pressure cookers give off. Once you add your coconut milk and water, stir with a wooden spoon to ensure there is no food stuck to the bottom.
  • This recipe was created in an Instant Pot Duo 6QT. If using a newer model, use the "Rice" button on your Instant Pot.
  • White Basmati rice or Jasmine rice can be substituted for the long grain.
  • I always rinse my rice under cold water before cooking..
  • If subbing dry for fresh thyme springs, use about 1/2 tsp.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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Sunday 16th of August 2020

Hi! Can you clarify the 'undrained' for the kidney beans. Do you mean that you should add the liquid from the can into the instant pot as well with the beans? Is that in addition to the 1.5 cups of water? Thanks!


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

@Tanya, thank you!! We made this and it was great! My daughter loved it!


Monday 17th of August 2020

Hi Rah, yes, I add the liquid from the can of beans to the Instant Pot. That is in addition to the water.


Saturday 15th of August 2020

I followed your instructions to the "T" and the food burn warning came on.


Sunday 16th of August 2020

Hi Frank, Did you try the rice setting? The newer machines are different than the older models. If you have an Instant Pot other than the Lux, I'd suggest using the rice setting. It cooks on low pressure.


Monday 10th of August 2020

Made this today and it was DELICIOUS! Very impressed by how easy it was. Next time I'm going to try adding more veggies to it so it can be a complete meal... thinking diced celery and carrots would be good.


Monday 10th of August 2020

Thank you so much Laura! Additional veggies would be a great addition.


Monday 10th of August 2020

I made this to go with your ox tails recipe. The rice turned out perfectly and I could taste the coconut in the background even though there wasn't much of it. I did use dry beans that I precooked myself and I also used dried thyme. I love that the recipe is vegan too, so I can share some with my vegan sister when she visits. Or maybe not!!!I have to double this recipe next time.


Monday 10th of August 2020

Thank you so much. lol at not sharing, I feel ya lol


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Hello ,

Will this rice and peas recipe come out the same in the Ninja Foodi?


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Hi Shaye, yes it will come out the same.