This Jamaican Rice and Peas is made in the Instant Pot with dried kidney beans and brown rice. You can enjoy this deliciousness with sauteed kale and mushrooms, vegan collard greens, air fryer plantains, vegan crab cakes, or vegan ackee. This dish is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, oil-free, and vegan.
What you need to make this rice and peas
- Kidney beans, dry
- Long-grain brown rice
- Allspice, ground
- Green onion
- Scotch bonnet pepper sauce (or scotch bonnet pepper)
- Plain, unsweetened coconut milk (NOT the full-fat can)
This recipe uses coconut milk in the carton, not the full-fat can version. The reason is to reduce the overall saturated fat content of this dish.
How to prepare
Rinse and strain the dry kidney beans and place them in the Instant Pot with water. Make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set at high pressure for 30 minutes, and allow for natural release (about 20 minutes).
After the beans are done cooking, remove the lid and add the remaining ingredients—long-grain brown rice, fresh thyme, green onions, chopped garlic, ground allspice, scotch bonnet pepper (or scotch bonnet pepper sauce), and coconut milk. Give it a stir and ensure the rice is immersed in the liquid. Put the lid back on. Make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set the Instant Pot to low pressure for 14 minutes and allow for natural release (about 20 minutes).
When the rice is done cooking, give it a stir. Salt or add coconut aminos to taste and enjoy!
Be sure to measure the dry kidney beans and water precisely. If you use too much water, the end result could be mushy. If you don't use enough, the beans will not cook properly.
Check out this replay of when we cooked Jamaican Rice and Peas live on "cook & chat... girls' night in!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our followers are looking for heart-healthy recipes. Saturated fat, even from plant sources, has been implicated in increased LDL cholesterol. Also, making this low-fat also helps those who are looking to reduce the calorie density of their meals, which aids in weight loss.
White rice is traditional. However, brown rice has more fiber, which can help reduce blood sugar spikes.
Leftovers keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This dish is also freezer-friendly, making it great for meal prep. Put leftovers into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to four months.
This recipe is a modified version of Healthier Steps Rice and Peas.
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