Treasure Island Party: Jamaican Red Bean and Rice recipe

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  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (fresh if available)
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 whole hot red pepper (scotch bonnet is the ‘common’ pepper used in Jamaican cooking, but use what hot pepper you have available to you)


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut oil.
  2. Sauté the garlic, scallion, onion and thyme until the onion becomes transparent.
  3. Add in the rice, beans, coconut milk, water and whole pepper.
  4. Stir, then leave till it comes to a boil.
  5. Remove the pepper and continue to cook until the liquid is almost absorbed.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and let simmer/steam until the rice has finished cooking.
  7. Serve.
  8. Note for serving at a party: I heated up a rice cooker at the same time and transferred the rice into it, and kept it on ‘keep warm’ setting.


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