Jamaican Style Rice and Peas Recipe

A Piece Of The Caribbean Right At Home

Jamaican Style Rice and Peas Recipe

When I visited Jamaica last month, a common side dish with our meals was rice and peas. At first I was expecting English peas, but the peas are actually pigeon peas or kidney beans. Very healthy and a great canvas for adding other flavors if you wish, this dish goes very well with spicy roasted or grilled meats especially if you top it with a little hot sauce and have a cool green salad on the side.


2 green onions, chopped (the white and green should be separate)
1 cinnamon stick
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
one 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  In a large pot, saute the white parts of the green onions in a little olive oil over medium heat until softened.  Add the cinnamon stick and rice, stirring. Pour in the stock and beans, some salt and pepper, give it all a stir, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to minimum and put a lid on it, then let it cook for about 15-18 minutes.

  When ready to serve, fluff with a fork and remove the cinnamon stick.  Sprinkle the green bits of the green onion over top.

Makes 4-6 servings

Adapted from Meals in Minutes

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