Easy Rice & Peas

by hintofhelen
Rice & Peas Recipe

Caribbean rice and peas is super easy to make and so delicious. 

The coconut brown rice is jam packed with black beans, spring onions and thyme for a subtly delicious rice – perfect for pairing with curries and stews. 

There are lots of rice and peas recipes floating around – but this is my version. Over the years i’ve tried many different methods to make this dish and this is my favourite.

With brown basmati, the rice has a nice bite and rich, almost nutty flavour. I choose to chop and add a scotch bonnet to my rice – but this is of course optional. 

Rice dishes like rice and peas really take a good dinner to an amazing one. Pairing a curry with the perfect rice side, rather than bland plain rice, makes all the difference.


How To Make Easy Rice And Peas On The Stovetop/Hob

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1. Rinse the rice as per packet instructions

2. Add all ingredients to a large pan

3. Turn the heat up and bring to boil

4. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and put a lid on the pan

5. Cook the rice on LOW for 30 minutes – stirring halfway through

6. After 30 minutes, the rice should be cooked and fluffy with no remaining liquid. Remove from the heat, serve and enjoy!


Yield: 4

Rice and Peas

Rice & Peas Recipe

This delicious rice and peas recipe is super easy to make - combine all the ingredients in a pan and cook.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 200g Brown Basmati Rice, (rinsed and washed)
  • 400ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 Sprig Thyme
  • 400ml Tin Black Beans, (drained, but not rinsed)
  • 1 Red Chilli, (preferably scotch bonnet, but use what you have)
  • 3 Chopped Spring Onions
  • 150ml Water


  1. Start by chopping your spring onion and chilli - and rinsing your rise following the instructions on the packet.
  2. Add ALL ingredients to a large pan
  3. Bring the pan to boil, then reduce the heat to lowest possible - cover and cook for 30 minutes. 
  4. Check the rice after 15 minutes and give a quick stir - return the lid and continue to cook for the remaining 15 minutes.
  5. Check back after 30 minutes - the rice should be fluffy and cooked.
  6. Remove from the heat, serve and enjoy!

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Andrew jones 17th June 2018 - 10:10 pm

Can’t believe how easy this is! I didn’t think it was possible to make such tasty rice at home – and definitely not so quickly. PErfect paired with jerk chicken!

Victoria 17th June 2018 - 10:34 pm

This is so easy! The easiest recipe i’ve come across for rice and peas and it’s delicious! Just what i was looking for, thanks for sharing!

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