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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

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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Katie Kelly

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I made this recipe tonight after looking for something new instead of plain boring rice. I didn’t have any all spice so I just used some chipotle seasoning and also didn’t have kidney beans so used black beans & added peas. That was delicious so excited to try it with the all spice next time - next time I think I will make with all coconut milk instead of half milk / water. Do you think this will work? Love it, thank you!


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you Katie! To make it in the pressure cooker you would need to keep the water ratio to have enough thin liquid to make the machine rise to pressure. However, if making this on the stove top, using more coconut should work just fine. I would still keep a little water since most coconut milks are really thick.


Monday 22nd of June 2020

I thought I had red kidney beans, and I don’t 🤦🏻‍♀️ I do have a can of chickpeas though, do you think that would work?


Monday 22nd of June 2020

Hi Ali, I wouldn't sub with chickpeas. Black beans would work.


Thursday 18th of June 2020

Unfortunately I got the dreaded burn notice immediately. This was so disappointing especially since I have the Duo. I added an extra half cup of water because I always drain and wash canned beans (2 cups water, 3/4 cup coconut milk). I wish I knew the right amount of liquid because the potential is there in this recipe.


Thursday 18th of June 2020

@Tanya, Hi Tanya, I did 6 minutes on high pressure. Next time I'll try the rice setting!


Thursday 18th of June 2020

Hi Rosie, did you use the rice setting? Instant Pot changed something about their machines in the last few years, making some machines more sensitive to burn notices. The rice setting is what I use on my newer model for this recipe to avoid getting a burn.

Grace Toninato

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Can this recipe be doubled in the instant pot?


Friday 12th of June 2020

Hi what can I use in place of the allspice?


Friday 12th of June 2020

It's hard to replace the exact taste of all spice but this should work.