Jamaican Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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Mia Kelley Modified: March 23, 2022
Jamaican Red Beans and Rice Recipe

How To Make Jamaican Red Beans and Rice

Taste the tropical joys with our Jamaican red beans and rice recipe that’s assembled with silky coconut milk, red kidney beans, rice, scallions, and more!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 1tspcoconut oil,or canola oil
  • 1garlicclove,crushed
  • ¼cuponion,minced
  • 1scallion,chopped
  • 1sprigfresh thyme
  • 15.5ozcan red kidney beans,(1 can) rinsed, drained
  • 2cupslong grain rice,uncooked
  • salt and fresh ground pepper,to taste
  • cupswater
  • 13.5ozlight coconut milk,(1¾ cups)
  • 1scotch bonnet hot pepper,whole, not chopped


  1. In a medium heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat; add garlic, scallion, onion, and thyme.

  2. Sauté for a few minutes, then add the rice, beans, and stir.

  3. Add the coconut milk, water, salt, and fresh pepper, and place the whole scotch bonnet pepper in the pot.

  4. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.

  5. Remove and discard the hot pepper, and continue to cook the rice until almost all the liquid is absorbed and just skims the top.

  6. Cover. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes.

  7. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 additional minutes to allow the steam to finish cooking the rice (do not lift the lid before that).

  8. Serve hot.


  • Calories: 229.66kcal
  • Fat: 3.89g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.58g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.18g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.12g
  • Fiber: 3.26g
  • Sugar: 2.85g
  • Protein: 6.39g
  • Sodium: 428.21mg
  • Calcium: 44.03mg
  • Potassium: 199.15mg
  • Iron: 1.15mg
  • Vitamin A: 3.77µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.71mg
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