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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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*This recipe has been updated to include stovetop directions as well. 

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.

Try this with my oxtail or with my jerk chicken recipes.

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.

How to Make Jamaican Rice and Peas on the Stovetop:

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add yellow onion and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and green onions and stir for about 30 more seconds.
  • Add rice, undrained kidney beans, coconut milk, water, salt, allspice, and black pepper and stir until combined. Lay thyme on top. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook for 18 minutes over low heat, then remove from heat. Leave the lid on for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Open the lid and remove the thyme. Fluff rice with fork. Enjoy.

Looking for more Jamaican recipes? Try these out:

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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 undrained 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!

Stove Top Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add yellow onion and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and green onions and stir for about 30 more seconds.
  • Add rice, undrained kidney beans, coconut milk, water, salt, allspice, and black pepper and stir until combined. Lay thyme on top. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Allow to cook for 18 minutes over low heat, then remove from heat. Leave the lid on for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Open the lid and remove the thyme. Fluff rice with fork. Enjoy.

Video

Notes

  • 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.
 

Nutrition

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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KB

Sunday 1st of January 2023

Turned out perfect in my instapot! I added a tiny bit of water (maybe a quarter cup) at the end while I was finishing the rest of the dinner, and it was keeping warm, so it didn’t dry out. Flavor and texture were on point. Thanks for the recipe!

Tanya

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Thank you KB! So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

Shauna

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

Comes out perfect every time!

Tanya

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Thanks so much Shauna!

Susan

Thursday 1st of December 2022

I managed not to get a burn notice. I used parboiled rice and added a little more liquid. Will next time add a bit more. Good!

Brooke

Monday 21st of November 2022

Tanya,

Your recipe for oxtails is SO GOOD but this one is problematic. The instant pot gives the burn warning, and looking at the liquid there's simply not enough for 2 cups of rice. The whole thing was ruined. Please adjust!

Tanya

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Hi Brooke, sorry you had trouble with this recipe. I've made this rice countless times in my Instant Pot, which I bought back in 2016. I've indicated that newer models should use the rice button as Instant Pot has changed its design since then. I've also included stovetop directions for those who have newer pots. Since this recipe as written works in older models and other pressure cooker brands, I've left the original instructions. As far as the liquid, the kidney beans should be undrained, which yields about 2 cups of liquid in total to the recipe to 2 cups of rice. In case this happens to you with any other recipe, here's a great link about the burn signal in Instant Pots. I hope it helps. https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-burn-message/

Michele

Saturday 12th of November 2022

I have been trying to make authentic rice and peas for years!! I substituted pigeon peas for the kidney beans and the dish was fantastic. Thanks so much for the recipe. And I followed the instant pot recipe. I had a tiny bit of scorching, but I think that it added character to the dish!