Authentic Bahamian Peas and Rice Recipe -
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Authentic Bahamian Peas and Rice

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"This is an authentic version of Bahamian peas and rice, I am a native of the Bahamas and this is how it was taught to me, hope you enjoy it. Serve with any prepared meat."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    55 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, and fry until transparent. Stir in the green pepper, ham, tomato paste, tomato, bacon, corned beef, and pigeon peas. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk, water and browning sauce, and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice. Return to a boil, then stir, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until rice is tender. Stir occasionally.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 04, 2009

Ok I think the cornbeef must have been a misprint. OMIT the cornbeef and you've got yourself a very rich and yummy peas and rice! The browning sauce gives a darker colour,but if its hard to find just get a really thick tomatoe paste eg.Hunts.I don't like my peas and rice too dark.Its prettier when its rosy brown and you can actually see the peas,bacon,thymme etc.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 23, 2007

This is not real Bahamian peas and rice. No real Bahamian puts cornbeef in their peas and rice. if they did the food wouldn't cook properly and the meal itself wouldn't taste good at all.

May 18, 2006

This is not true Bahamian Peas n rice!!

Mar 22, 2008

We do not use corned beef I don't know where that came from It is called salt beef

Jul 22, 2005

This is the real thing.

Sep 16, 2008

This is ridiculous! I don't know anyone in the Bahamas who cooks Peas 'N Rice this way!

Nov 06, 2006

This isn't authentic. Though you can add the coconut milk (AKA: coconut water)or shredded, non sweet coconut, no Bahamian I know puts corned beef in their rice. Corned Beef is a separate dish. Good stuff too :-) Instead, crab (yes, shell and all), salt pork, or smoked bacon can be added to dress up the rice.

Jan 28, 2007

I'm sorry to report this was terrible. I thought I liked anything with rice in it but this was bland, flat-tasting, and heavy.


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  • Calories
  • 539 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 65.2 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 21.1 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 22.4 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 912 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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