Experience the heartwarming flavors of Bahamian cuisine with this delightful Bahamian Peas and Rice recipe. This beloved dish combines tender pigeon peas, aromatic rice, and savory seasonings to create a comforting side that complements any main course. Whether served at a family gathering or enjoyed on its own, Bahamian Peas and Rice is a true taste of the Bahamas.





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For the Bahamian Peas and Rice:
  • 1 cup dried pigeon peas or black-eyed peas
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt (adjust to taste)


1) In a large bowl, soak the dried peas in water overnight. Drain and rinse the peas before using.

2) In a pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.

3) Add the minced garlic, thyme, paprika, and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant.

4) Stir in the drained peas and rice. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5) Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and add the butter and salt. Stir to combine.

6) Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the rice and peas simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

7) Remove from heat and let the rice and peas sit, covered, for an additional 10 minutes to steam.

8) Fluff the rice with a fork, and serve the Bahamian Peas and Rice alongside your favorite Bahamian dishes.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving)                                                                                       

Calories: 320 kcal

Protein: 7g

Carbohydrates: 55g

Fat: 7g

Fiber: 3g

Sodium: 850mg

DURATION : 1 hour 15 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Enhance the flavor of your Bahamian Peas and Rice by adding a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a drizzle of coconut milk before serving. This dish pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, seafood, or served as a side with traditional Bahamian dishes.