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Guyanese Cookup Rice Recipe

Guyanese Cookup Rice

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"My grandmother's recipe. It's delicious and can be made with or without meat. It's also very versatile. Here I am using chicken, however you can use brisket, pigtail, oxtail, the list is endless."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Slice the scotch bonnet chile in half, and chop one half. Reserve both halves. (Chile is very hot, so use gloves when chopping, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after chopping.) Cut the chicken pieces into large chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat, and pan-fry the chicken pieces until brown on all sides, about 15 minutes. Stir in chopped chile, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the rice, and stir to coat with oil. Let the rice fry until it turns slightly opaque but doesn't brown. Pour in the chicken stock, bring to a boil over medium heat, and reduce heat to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes, and stir in the coconut milk, thyme, black-eyed peas, and green onions until well combined. Lay the cabbage chunks on top of the mixture, and place the remaining half chile on top of the cabbage.
  3. Cover, and simmer until the rice and cabbage are tender, about 20 minutes. Check occasionally to see if the mixture is getting too dry on the bottom, and add a small amount of water if needed to prevent burning. Before serving, stir in butter, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 29, 2010

This turned out so good although i didnt use the cabbage and I used Uncle Ben Rice. Thanks

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 13, 2015

It's okay, but the cabbage sort of makes it bland. I don't use the cabbage anymore.


9 Ratings

Apr 05, 2011

I added more and different kinds of bean, i.e chick peas. Great tasting and it lasted for days.

May 11, 2012

Great variation on beans on rice. I had 1/2 a can of coconut milk and cabbage to use up which is how I found this recipe. I'm only one person who is trying to eat more meatless meals, so I made a half recipe (my 1/2 can of coconut milk remember) except I left out the scotch bonnet pepper, the chicken and used the whole can of black-eyed peas for a 1/2 recipe. The coconut milk added that little something extra and the cabbage was just a hint. If you also swapped out chicken broth for veggie broth this would make a yummy vegan dinner.

Jan 07, 2013

Excellent but doesnt need chicken or cabbage. Add corned beef and pig tail.

Dec 21, 2014

Two words: comfort food. It's rich and hearty and will definitely make you want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of it. Really subtly flavorful and satisfying. I'll definitely be making this one again.

Jul 20, 2013

This recipe came out very good. My family raved over it and told me to "save the recipe" so I can make it again. I made it without the chicken or cabbage (served carribean chicken and the cabbage on the side)otherwise followed everything else exactly as stated and the flavor was wonderful. Thanks for posting Tatiana.


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  • Calories
  • 541 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 55.6 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 23.8 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 26.7 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 255 mg
  • 10%

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

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