Instant Pot Rice and Peas
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Rice and Peas is a popular Caribbean side dish where rice and any variety of peas or beans are cooked in coconut milk. In this recipe I am using my Instant Pot.
Recipe type: Rice Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean
Serves: 6 servings
  • 5 heads of green onions / scallions thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • I can of pigeon peas (gungo peas)
  • 2 cups of Jasmine rice (washed)
  • 3 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4-5 whole all spice berries (pimento berries)
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper or other chili pepper for flavor
  1. Turn on the sauté function on your instant pot and wait until it is hot (it will beep when it is hot)
  2. Add oil to the instant pot, then when the oil is hot (this should take about a minute) add the the brown sugar and let it caramelize until it becomes melted but still light brown in color
  3. Add the garlic, scotch bonnet pepper and the green onions (reserving about 2 tablespoons of the green stems for garnishing at the end)
  4. Sauté for a minute or 2 until the garlic and green onions get a little soft then add the canned peas
  5. Mix together well then add washed Jasmine rice, followed by the salt, pimento berries and coconut milk
  6. Stir together, then seal the instant pot and set it to high pressure for 10 minutes
  7. To set the instant pot to high pressure, you must first hit cancel to take it out of the sauté mode. In older models you then hit manual, adjust to the desired time and it's ready to pressure cook. In newer models select pressure cook, adjust to high pressure and adjust the time
  8. Alternatively you can also just select the rice option on the Instant Pot
  9. When the instant pot cooking cycle completes, release the pressure by venting the instant pot (see instructions in the instant pot manual for quick release venting)
  10. Fluff the rice and peas with a fork and mix together to distribute any peas and seasoning that may have settled on top of the rice during cooking
  11. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes then garnish with the remaining green onions
  12. Serve warm
Recipe by Metemgee at