Hi Cotton, Thanks Fay. Turn heat to Low, and cook covered until all water is absorbed (about 15 to 20 min). This was by far the simplest and most tasty. You’re spirit is BEAUTIFUL and I know NOTHING about Jamaican food, but have put my confidence in you! Fried ripe plantain also makes a very good accompaniment. Hi Kenny, Wait until the boiling water in the pot sinks just below the top of the rice then wet a piece of Saran wrap (or plastic bag) and cover the rice then cover the pot with the pot cover. Jamaican Cooking Videos & Jamaican Food Recipes: Fay’s Blog. Can you tell me what I may be doing wrong or any suggestions on what I can do the next time? ... Or You can slow cook … I took that to mean1 and 2/3 cups of water. I placed this into a pot of boiling water. When I was growing up in Jamaica there were unspoken rules about food. Whenever I eat at a Carribean restaurant the rice is a lot dryer and darker which I can’t seem to get mine to do. Is it possible to use coconut water instead of coconut milk, or will it just not work? What a delicious and easy way to cook this, I absolutely loved it. Became frustrated patronizing “fluff” nd decided to prepare nd enjoy my own jamaican cuisine at home. Fantastic. Will make again. 5. I have a quick question about this recipe. Simply cook all the other ingredients in the pan first than mix in the rice and cook like fried rice until everything is combined. Place on medium heat and cover pot. It gets better each time I make it! It’s always nice to show that there are more than one way to get a job done, especially in today’s busy times. So far I have made curry chicken, and rice and peas. Add the thyme, coconut milk, water or broth, and beans and simmer, covered, for ten minutes. She has passed on so making peas and rice just like your recipe brings me back to my childhood thank you. I have made your rice and peas recipe in my rice cooker and it turned out great! Yum. Hi, I am yet to try this recipe. Can this recipe be made successfully in a rice cooker – that is, if I tossed all the ingredients together at once into a rice cooker? Stir. I prepared my chicken overnight. Wash rice if necessary, then add to pot. When peas are cooked add salt, whole pepper, black pepper, thyme, & escallion. I have seen many recipes for rice and peas, some of them get really complicated! My kids and I enjoyed the rice however I’d use less thyme when making it again. Method followed to a T and making rice is something I just becoming skilled at. Heat oven to 350°F. I am SO relieved that the ingredients are not as hard to find and overwhelming as I thought cooking foreign food would be. http://www.Facebook.com/cooklikeajamaican, All Recipes: listed by mostly recently added. Typical Jamaican rice and peas elements include coconut milk, onion, scallions, garlic, bay leaves, and spices to name a few. Elera C Smith-Andoh -It looks to me like you miss-read the recipe, it says Water (approx 1-2/3 cups). A few slices Scotch Bonnet Pepper Cooking the peas from “scratch” is the traditional way to make rice and peas, but for those with less time on your hands I have Quick Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe that won’t disappoint. Its first time I am cooking it and I only learnt about the coconut milk last weekend. Boil until 4 cups of water remains,(you can drain and measure this). My rice and peas ALWAYS come out sticky! Add liquid, beans, garlic, chopped onion and thyme to large pot I look forward to testing all of your recipes and appreciate you for the videos! Hi Abe, Fay, you can do a google search for recipe converters. Water will be dependent on how many cans of peas and how many servings you wish to make. Add more water if necessary in order to boil rice properly. It’s a dish that’s a tradition on most Sunday tables. Hello. 😉. God Bless. BLAH. This recipe is just the best. Add rice and boil on High for 2 minutes. Jamaican Stew Peas; Storage . I’ve made it twice… even used different types of beans and it still tasted great! Blessings, Fay, Hello fay I try your recipe rice and peas for the first time and my family loved it, im now cooking another pot as I type this message. THANKS SO MUCH!! I only had brown rice so I added an extra cup of water. God bless you and your family. Rice and Peas Secret Ingredient. them over night thankyou so much for making these videoes so easy for other people to learn 6. I’m looking forward to it! Join Our Mailing List – Subscribe today! Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft. Blessings. I made your rice and peas and festival along with my own BBQ Jerk Chicken, it was AMAZING!!! Cover pot and cook rice on low heat. Alicia 6 years. Cook Like A Jamaican: It’s my birthday and I am thankful! 1½ to 2 tsp  Salt, to taste I cooked it about 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Traditionally, cooking rice and peas is a tedious process that involves soaking and cooking the beans for hours. you didn’t get the overload of island food. Fay. Using a large pot over medium heat, combine pigeon peas, garlic, pimento, thyme, coconut and 3 quarts of cold water. If it is possible to make this without Coconut milk, is is necessary to substitute something else for the additional needed liquid?? It’s a dish that’s a tradition on most Sunday tables. I love this recipe, I’ve tried a lot of different ones, and even with double checking my measurements and washing the rice it’s always sticky and a little gluey. As previously mentioned, it is a very popular Island side dish. I followed the video the first time and the recipe the second time and my rice was hard due to lack if water. I wish I could help you but I’m really not sure. Last night and today I cooked first time spicy curry chicken, steamed cabbages and now, your recipe rice and peas. Stir in the onion, scallions, garlic, allspice, thyme, Scotch bonnet, ginger, 2 … Can this recipe be made without coconut, my mom and I are severely allergic to it. In the 4 years I’ve been trying this, I recall 3 times that they were edible!! I will definitely be trying some more. Add the margarine to the rice and peas and then reduce to a low heat. Thx 4 sharing!Cont’d blessings n Jesus name! Hi Mei, Adeena Brown. When you say pepper, what type of pepper are ypu referring to? I made this and your slaw recipe last night to go with some jerk chicken. Give it about 10 minutes after cooking, then take a fork and gently work the rice so you get what my Jamaican friends call “shelly” rice (grainy). This may be a silly question. Variations: 1/2 the recipe, used brown rice and fresh thyme. Just remembered it one day & thought I would try it on my family. Thank you for making this website. If your rice is too wet fluff it every few minutes after its done with the top off. Unlike plain rice, rice and peas lasts for less time in the fridge due to the coconut milk going bad much easier. So now I’m here starting my own cooking tradition with your help. This Content is for Gold Members Only, Welcome to your Gold Plus membership page. 5. I look forward to trying your recipes. Thank you Fay! Turn heat to Low, and cook covered until all water is absorbed (about 15 to 20 min). It’s never served by itself, but I felt it … 1 tsp Dried Thyme The dish was bursting w/flavor. 4 cups Water Thanks you for sharing! If so, how would you modify it? I want to try this recipe but still have a lot of leftover cooked white rice. Made this with my favorite oxtail and butter beans recipe. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of rice and cover. I just made this for the first time and it’s delicious! Thank you! Cover the pot, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until beans are just tender, about 1 hour. I don’t think rice and peas needs to be spicy. This traditional recipe is known for it’s fragrant use of thyme and coconut. You probably can uncover the pot and cook over very low heat, but doing that most times do not fix the problem. Jamaican Rice and Peas is a staple dish that serves as a perfect side to oxtails or any other meat dish.. Rice and peas is a such a classic Jamaican dish. I brought the peas to a boil and then I added a packet of coconut milk powder. Tanya 🙂, This was such a perfect recipe!! Thanks again! It is traditional Sunday or company meal. ~Mrs. Wash peas and soak in 2 cups of water. Blessings, Fay. Blessings, Fay, Thank you for sharing your recipes! The people there are so friendly and so nice. Yes, long grain rice is what I use and is traditional. Thank you for the recipes and I will definitely be back for more recipes. I just tried it! I see the fool proof tip and will definitely take heed to it. I thought I messed it up with all the alterations, but it tastes amazing, albeit a little mushy. I think i’ll try it again though, but maybe boil everything together in a pot then put the water and rice in cooker and see how that works. But I came across your Youtube channel and I almost jumped for joy. If I use parboiled rice do you think that it would be less sticky. 3. I have got some advice from his wonderful family but I don’t always want to be asking for their help. I suggest only storing in the fridge for no more … Foolproof Tip: All the liquid for this recipe – water, coconut milk, liquid from beans – should add up to 4 cups. He moved to America from Jamaica in a couple of years ago. Add salt and black pepper.  Bring to a boil. Hi Brianna, Water (approx 1-2/3 cups) Any suggestions? Think Mrs. Faye it look so delicious I think I am going to try to cook it today the Snapple and rice, Hi! I stayed in Jamaica about 20 years ago for 3 months & remember eating rice & peas a lot & enjoying it. Stir in the rice to the pot of beans. I bookmarked this recipe it on my phone so I can get to it easily. Michelle. I finally feel confident making rice and peas. Simply cook all the other ingredients in the pan first than mix in the rice and cook like fried rice until everything is combined. Oops! Thank you. I cooked this and it was a success. Thank you for sharing. Thank you Fay for sharing all your family recipes and letting me introduce West Indian food to my folks in Texas. But try it again with less water and see how it works out. I substituted the water for chicken broth instead, added chopped green bell pepper, and 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Fay, Hi Fay and Angela, Thyme, scallion, onion and the famous Scotch bonnet pepper rule this dish. Fay. My whole family loved it. But, truthfully, sweetened coconut milk will still make for a delicious tasting rice… really can’t go wrong. My fiance and I recently moved to Baltimore from Philadelphia, he always looked forward to Sunday dinner at his parents house. I also used Jasmine rice another added bonus. If you know anyone in the catering business they may be able to look at the recipe and help you. The husband was surprised and impressed.Thank you for this recipe. Cook Like A Jamaican: It’s my birthday and I am thankful! Mushy or not it is always delicious. 2. love the food so much. 1 Small onion or 2 stalks escallion, chopped Add the peppers and rice and bring to a boil. Tonight I’m making brown stew chicken. its awesome!!! This Content is for Gold Members Only, Welcome to your Gold Plus membership page. Hi Miss Fay, Hmmmm… I made a pot today. My mother is amazing cook and unfortunately I cannot cook as well as her but with your recipe I finally am building up confidence in how you do rice and peas with tinned beans as not a fan of the soaking way of doing kidney beans. If grains are not quite cooked, do not add any more water. I will try this method with fingers-crossed; 4 cups of liquid is the trick! my friend is Jamaican and I am absolutely delighted that I found you!! Add salt and black pepper.  Bring to a boil. I made this last night and it was so amazing! Then you can add your rice and cook until the rice is cooked and fluffy, which takes about ½ hr to 40 minutes. The rice is too mushy meaning it is too wet, well. So yummy!!!! x. I had a very dear friend from jamaica who cooked for me . **FYI Your written recipe above did not include when the garlic goes in the pot. The first pot I made was September 8 and I have about a half a bowl left, I knew I had to make more cause my son loves rice and peas. JOKE TING!). A few months ago I met the love of my life Damion. Don't forget to click the SUBSCRIBE button for videos every week. Instead I like my rice and peas to “cool off” what it’s being served with. God Bless! Small tweek is I’ll use less water next time around and actually rinse my rice! Miss her sorely. Usually using canned beans will result in a darker rice then when using soaked dry beans. You’ll need to soak the dried peas overnight to reconstitute them and then cook them for about 1 hour to use them in this recipe. Thanks for reaching out. They all loved it! This is a great and very simple recipe! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! No effort to prepare at all and no need to write it down to remember once you’ve made it. 2 tsp  Salt With all my friends from the islands it was very hard to adjust to american food. Hi Penelope, Instructions Of course I know how to make Rice and Peas with dried peas, but I am an old girl who’s not stuck in old ways. This recipe for the rice and peas was AWESOME! I love to learn how to cook jamaican style. If you want to use dry beans, soak 1 cup of dry red kidney beans in water overnight and follow the recipe. Enjoy! Thank you for measurements in your rice and peas recipe as although my Mum is Jamaican and has taught me how to cook many things, I could never grasp her fab rice and peas. This traditional recipe is known for it’s fragrant use of thyme and coconut. I did try using this recipe in a rice-cooker – no bueno… The ingredients didn’t mix well, so all the seasoning etc seems to have floated to the top and stayed there. Hi Paula, Learn how to cook authentic Jamaican recipes with our downloadable PDF recipes, video cooking lessons and eBooks from Fay and Angela from Cook Like a Jamaican Cook peas until tender adding more water if necessary. Authentic right from kitchen! However, If you can’t find it where you shop you can substitute 1 cup of the water for 1 cup of coconut milk to get the same aromatic result. I have no idea where I went wrong. Hi Quisha, Cover and cook 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Note: A very small bit of salt pork is sometimes added after the rice … I was alittle nervous being the first time cooking it without a pre trial lol and it turned out AMAZING EVERYONE loved it cant wait to try More of your recipes .. thanks for making them easy to follow . Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! 4. Is this new? My mom is guyanese and my dad is Jamaican. The beans are, of course, cooked in water, but the rice allows for a bit more creativity. Q: Is the coconut milk supposed to be sweet? fluff rice before serving. So I made your recipe of rice and peas and also brown stew chicken and when Damion ate it his eyes lit up and he said “man babe, this is just like home. I am from Bermuda but living in Canada. 4. is it possible to use it for this recipe? Thanks for this recipe! Turn heat to Low, cover pot and cook until all water is absorbed (about 15 to 20 min). It’s nice with a little fresh hot pepper sauce sprinkled on top as well. I made this rice and peas along with curry goat for my husband to try since he’d never had Jamaican food or any food from the islands for that matter. Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup and. 1 can (19oz) Kidney beans, including liquid The flavour it’s supposed to have is never there. Hi there, I’m surprised you are using long grain rice instead parboiled rice. ROCKS! I really enjoy this website and have made several recipes that came out great. Sorry to hear your rice wasn’t perfect. Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for sharing your fabulous recipes. The recipe has been fixed. I use sprigs of thyme when possible but dried thyme is good too. I googled rice and peas and found this wonderful website! Can I use Jasmine or Basmati rice? Would love to take this dish to a party. This version uses coconut milk, but  for the same recipe using creamed coconut (the liquid measurements are different) go to, 1 can (19oz) Kidney beans, including liquid, 1 Small onion or 2 stalks scallion, chopped, 2  cups Long grain rice (rinsed and drained), 1. The Fay Way: Gold Members click below to watch me cook this recipe step by step. I thought that was a defining ingredient of rice and peas? And ow.  Today people eat rice and peas whenever they want, but I still only like to serve it on Sundays. Thank you! Soak Kidney beans in 2 cups of water overnight. Just try tripling the recipe. However, I must be doing something wrong become it comes out mushy sometimes. I have an over abundance of fresh thyme at the moment , how much fresh thyme should I use instead of the 1 tsp. If you like you can add a small piece of smashed ginger to the pot when you are soaking or cooking the peas/beans. Just make sure you have a pot big enough to support the increased recipe. Blessings to you and your family. Hi, I am 1 1/2 years married to my dear Jamaican deaf husband, me deaf too. Can you give suggestions on how to cook this with dried beans? Thanks a bunch, Thank you so much fir this wonderful site, I will be sharing rice n peas today,Sunday, for my friends feel honoured to be sharing this delicious recipe along with plantain. Try it with black eye peas. My husband had like 4 helpings & said he thought it was addicting! We have it with Chicken or Roast Beef or Roasted or Stewed Pork Loin. This may be a silly question but does the rice turn out a red colour as from the picture it doesn\’t look it as red as I have had it before. Also I use brown rice which I know will require more liquid. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM ! Turn heat down to Medium and continue cooking until the beans are soft, about 1 hour How To Cook Rice and Peas. Makes 8 Servings How do I alter the recipe to serve 40-50 people? My husband loved it with the brown stew chicken… Keep them coming please. The onions should be well chopped, but yes they will be visible. Despite its popularity, however, Jamaican rice and peas can be challenging to cook. Hi Richard, You should have no problem with long-grain rice. Rinse the rice a few times in a sieve until the water runs clear. Blessings, Fay. they allow you to increase or decrease servings in a recipe. You’ll need to soak the dried peas overnight to reconstitute them and then cook them for about 1 hour to use them in this recipe. 2 cloves Garlic, chopped There you have it, delicious Jamaican rice and peas. The rice was so moist and flyffy. This recipe is just one of many delicious family recipes with video cooking lessons available in the Legacy Cooking Club community. My hubby is Jamaican. Basically this is the simplest way to make perfect Jamaican rice and peas, without the stress of ending up with soggy rice. Thank you SO much for posting this! I use them and they work…. Yes, if you can’t use coconut milk just replace with water. Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, put the lid on the pot and allow to cook. Add the rice to the ingredients and stir, using a fork. Tip into the pan and simmer for 10 … Parboiled rice may not absorb enough of the water and end up mushy. Came out perfect! It’s a keeper. OMG, I love this recipe. AMAZING! of dried thyme? Thank you Mrs. Faye. 2  cups Long grain rice (rinsed and drained). Because I use regular rice, I cook it a lil’ bit for about 7-10.mins first and drain. Came across your website and I absolutely love it!!! I just have one q. uestion Is the traditional recipe using regular long grain rice? Just be aware that coconut milk has a richer coconut flavour, which is something I prefer. Went to montego bay 3 times all ready. Why don\’t you use a scotch bonnet chilli in this recipe? I serve it with stewed chicken or oxtail and it’s even better the next day. Jamaican dishes have a distinctive taste and the Scotch bonnet pepper is a regular in many. I was obsessed with it! Hi Shell, it’s not a silly question. Thank you! Coconut is an important ingredient and I love to use creamed coconut. In my time parboiled rice wasn’t popular. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! Wow what a great recipe! Add rice and boil on High for 2 minutes. 1 tsp Dried thyme 3/4 cup Dried Kidney Beans The flavor in rice and peas is because of a number of ingredients used together. My mom can cook like nobodies business but she refuses to teach me her recipes. thank you soo much! It pairs so well with my first time doing jerk chicken. What most people call beans we call peas, and this recipe uses red peas, or what you may know as kidney beans. Fay. The only thing was I had dried kidney beans on hand rather than the tin so I soaked those for half a day and used them instead. Cover and cook the peas until tender, about 1-1/2 hours, adding more water as needed to keep peas covered. Making tonight with smothered turkey wings, sounds and smells delicious! In a large saucepan, cover the beans with the water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Drain the liquid from the can of beans into a measuring cup and Amen! Cook until peas are tender but not over cooked. Hi Alycia, yes you can certainly make this recipe without coconut milk or coconut cream and still have delicious dish. I used 3 1/2 cups of water to 2 cups of white rice because I noticed that using 4 cups of water to the 2 cups of white rice, made it too wet. just reading the recipes made my mouth water . 6. One was that you must always serve rice and peas on Sunday. Photograph: Ian Paton The liquid. Hi Ellen, 2  cups Long Grain or Basmati Rice (rinsed and drained), Overnight The women in my family has always made peas and rice in coconut milk but with black eye peas. Thank you so much for sharing your traditional recipes! Andi. A west Indian home recipe with CANNED BEANS!!!! Hi Far, i made your rice and peas and stew chicken for dinner last night for my husband and another couple.. What most people call beans we call peas, and this recipe uses red peas, or what you may know as kidney beans. I will no longer use red kidney beans. I believe the marinating the chicken helped seal the flavors. Anyway, I had tried to make it number of times (with success). I guess I’m not a big fan of thyme. Fay. The rice and peas is ready. There was a lot of onion in the pot and I think potentially too much thyme. Fluff with fork before serving. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes with the world! or do you think it would turn out too mushy?thanks! All Recipes: listed by mostly recently added. That’s a good questions, but I have never done it and wouldn’t recommend using leftover rice for this recipe. Stir under a medium-high flame for about 5 minutes or so. you can do better than that. Great memories I can relive through food. I normally cook beans and rice separate but would love to learn how to cook them together. Lovely recipe! He fell in love. We’ll clarify it in the recipe. Now if I can figure out jerk chicken & fried dumplings! I just realized that the video doesn’t match the recipe. God Bless ! Add escallion or leeks, thyme, salt, black pepper and rice. But I do know rice and peas can be made in a cooker – I have a friend that swears by it. To cook the Rice and peas, I used canned pigeon peas. Gently stir in the beans. Thank you so much for your help. 1 can (14 oz) Coconut milk Use a fork to mix everything together. Hi, thanks for this post…building my confidence in the cooking stakes and an amateur just impressed his friends! What kind of rice did you use? Turn off heat and allow rice and peas to sit for 5 minutes before serving. I also tried making the rice and peas in the rice cooker using regular white rice. Thanks so much for your recipe! Thanks so much for the recipe and I look forward to trying others, peace and blessing. Thanks for the recipe. Check on peas occasionally, and add more water if necessary. Made this for Sunday lunch. We like to use red kidney beans but you can swap in gungo (or pigeaon) peas … Thank you. 1. 4. It tasted just like I remember it tasting! Add coconut cream and stir until dissolved 1. Hi, I tried making this as it is my favorite kind of rice but it was too mushy. Thank you for your interest and support. Liked it sooooo well i shared it friends on facebook. Today I tried it with black beans, it was out of this world. 1/2 package Creamed Coconut Now that we have moved I knew he missed his mom’s cooking. MY mom made peas and rice every Sunday when I was a child. Friday , York, UK. Instead click here to use it with my Seasoned Rice Recipe. Pour peas and water in a pot with coconut milk, garlic and put to boil. It’s definitely going to be one of my go-tos! Add the Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 1/2 cups) . You have no idea!” It was the best compliment on my food I have ever received as both a professional chef and a home cook. I love that your recipes are easy to understand and follow which makes it great for me having never really cooked Jamaican food before. Thanks to you I can bring the islands to a place where there is none!