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Dutch oven containing cooked Jamaican rice and peas and a hand with a serving spoon of rice

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Authentic Jamaican Rice and Peas are made by infusing the rice and peas with allspice and fresh thyme, cooked in coconut milk, with a Scotch bonnet pepper added for flavor and just a touch of mild heat.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Keyword easy rice and peas, Jamaican rice and peas, Jamaican rice and peas with canned beans, quick Jamaican rice and peas, vegan Jamaican rice and peas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 172kcal
Author Tanya



  • 2 cups long grain white rice rinsed
  • 1 13.5 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 15.5 oz can kidney beans undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper whole


  • Add rice, coconut milk, kidney beans, water, kosher salt, allspice, and black pepper to a large pot and stir until combined. Lay green onions, thyme and Scotch bonnet pepper on top. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Allow to cook covered 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 green onion, Scotch bonnet pepper, and thyme. Fluff the rice and peas with a fork. Serve and enjoy.


  • I use a 4-quart dutch oven pot for this recipe.
  • Ensure your scotch bonnet pepper does not have any cuts or bruises. It's added whole to give the dish flavor, not make it spicy. 
  • Habanero pepper can be subbed for the scotch bonnet pepper.
  • The brand of coconut milk matters. Avoid using lite coconut milk and stick with the full fat versions. Lite coconut milk is known to curdle in the rice.
  • For ease I use canned kidney beans, but if using dried beans you will need to soak them overnight and cook them for 45 minutes first, before adding to this dish.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg