Caribbean Coconut Rice & Beans

Published Date
October 20th 2021
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Caribbean Coconut Rice & Beans in a small bowl
Caribbean Coconut Rice & Beans picked up with a fork
Close up of Caribbean Coconut Rice & Beans in a small bowl
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Rice & Beans are a popular dish served throughout most of the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. Beans are a major source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals that will leave you feeling satisfied. The earthy and nutty flavors complimented by the local herbs, seasonings, spices and creamy coconut milk. This recipe is great for our vegan and vegetarian followers who are interested in experiencing some Caribbean flavors. However, if you’re a fan of Jamaican cuisine this dish is perfect alongside any Jerk meat or Jerk Shrimp, grilled vegetables or any of your favorite dishes that pair well with rice. 

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Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 5 (5 votes)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
6-8 persons



Using a large saucepan or stockpot, place on medium heat and add the oil.
Oil being added to a pot
Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, thyme, and seasoning peppers and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
Onions and seasonings being sauteed in a pot
While the seasonings are cooking, strain, wash and rinse the beans from the can and then add to the vegetables and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Rinsed beans being added to the pot of vegetables
Wash and strain the rice and then mix into the beans and seasoning mixture along with the milk, then raise the heat to be high and bring to a boil.
Rice being stirred with a wooden spoon in a pot with beans and vegetables
Once the pot begins to boil, turn the heat to low, cover, and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or follow rice cooking instructions.
Rice and beans cooking with water and coconut milk
When the rice has absorbed all the liquid and there is a light crackling sound, turn off the heat and leave covered for 5-10 minutes, this will allow the rice to steam and absorb any remaining moisture and become more fluffy.
Sideview of a pot with a lid covering it
After the rice has steamed, garnish with scallions, serve warm on its own or with your choice of side dish.
A bowl of Caribbean Rice and peas garnished with sliced green onions with a fork in the bowl
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