Jamaican Style Red Beans and Rice

"Here, kidney beans cooked with coconut milk, garlic, and rice make a nourishing meal that won’t break your budget: this is a Jamaican classic that will please the entire family. Can substitute dry beans with canned that have bean drained and rinsed."
photo by yschoice photo by yschoice
photo by yschoice
Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • Place beans, garlic, coconut milk and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer the beans until they are tender, about 2 hours.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups water, rice, scallions, thyme, 1 tablespoon of salt, and some freshly-ground black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, stir, then reduce heat, cover, and cook without stirring about 20 minutes, until rice has absorbed all the liquid.
  • Allow mixture to stand for 15 minutes, still covered. Fluff rice and beans with a fork before serving and add additional salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. yschoice
    I'm pretty excited about how mine turned out. There's a spice missing but I don't know what it is... my Aunt's has some spice that looks like a tree branch in hers that makes this oh so magically delicious... I'm missing that spice taste. Maybe someone out there can tell me what it is... Otherwise NOT BAD... and this was my 1st try. Thanks Luvs 2 Cook. Grateful you posted this recipe.
  2. Missy Wombat
    This is a GREAT crockpot recipe. I didn't have thyme so made it with basil.For the coconut milk I used about a third of a cup of coconut powder to the stated amount of liquid. This definitely goes on my crockpot recipe list.


  1. Sharika S.
    Add cloves, scotch bonnet pepper and complete seasoning


I am a teacher who is near the end of my career. I have many craft interests and have just added cooking to my list. Since I like to keep a check on what DH eats I usually try to follow the WW diet and just love their cookbooks. Recipezaar has become the answer to my many cookbooks and recipes I gather and just can't seem to get organized. MMMMM maybe in retirement. <img src="http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/Saturn6666/KiwiDutch/3chefstag1.jpg">
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes