Go Back
Jamaican Rice & Peas Recipe (Rice Cooker) YouTube by RoxyChowDown.com

Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe (Rice Cooker)

Discover how quick & easy it is to make delicious Jamaican Rice and Peas in a Rice Cooker!! Guess what? This rice cooker recipe also works great for cooking Jamaican gungo peas and rice, a holiday favourite. You'll love this 'fuss-free' Jamaican rice and peas recipe that helps you cook perfectly fluffy rice, every time. Enjoy all the mouth-watering and authentic flavours of this classical Jamaican Sunday Dinner dish, in a jiffy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 6 people


  • rice cooker


  • 3 cups white, parboiled or brown rice Make sure to use the measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker.
  • 3 cups water Make sure to use the measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker.
  • 1 can red kidney beans You may substitute the kidney bean with canned gungo peas (pigeon peas) in this recipe
  • 4 - 5 tbsp coconut milk powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black or white pepper
  • ¼ tsp allspice powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme leaves (optional)
  • 1 tbsp yellow onion finely chopped or grated
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • ¼ tsp scotch bonnet pepper (or to taste)
  • 6 - 8 pimento seeds
  • 2 stalks scallion/green onion
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • ½ inch gingerroot crushed


  • Measure the rice and add it to the rice cooker pot.
  • Check the rice package to determine if washing is necessary. If the rice has been pre-washed, there is no need to wash it, so skip that step.
  • Wash the rice 2 - 3 times then drain it completely.
  • Measure the water and add it to the pot of rice. (use equal parts of water to rice)
  • Drain the canned peas before adding it to the pot.
  • Add the coconut milk powder, all the dried seasoning, all the fresh seasoning and then stir the pot.
  • Place the pot inside the rice cooker, cover it, plug it in, then press the 'cook' button.
  • When the water starts to bubble, stir the pot with the spoon provided, then recover the pot.
  • When the cook button pops up to indicate that the rice is ready, check to see if the rice has the desired texture.
  • If the grains are too hard, sprinkle approximately 2 tbsp water over the rice, then use a piece of parchment paper or foil to cover the pot. Place the rice cooker cover over the parchment/foil then repress the 'cook' button to allow the rice to steam and 'fluff up'.
  • If the rice is at the desired texture, replace the cover and let the rice steam for 5 minutes more. If the rice is a bit soft, uncover the rice cooker pot and repress the 'cook' button to allow the rice to dry out a bit.
  • Serve your warm and delicious Jamaican Rice and Peas on its own or with Oxtail, Fried Chicken, Curry Goat, Baked Chicken or vegetables!
  • Bless up and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
  • Please remember to come back and leave a rating and review under this recipe to let me know how it worked for you! Thanks in advance.
Keyword cooking jamaican rice and peas in a rice cooker, Jamaican gungo peas and rice recipe, Jamaican gungo rice and peas rice cooker, Jamaican rice and beans recipe rice cooker, jamaican rice and peas rice cooker recipe, rice and peas jamaican style rice cooker