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Caribbean Cook-up Rice


The term “cook-up” is a Caribbean expression that refers to a dish that incorporates the ingredients you have on-hand in the kitchen. In this version, we combine rice, beans and vegetables with a little coconut milk and curry powder for a zesty tropical flavor.


  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion , diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper , seeded and diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ scotch bonnet pepper , seeded and minced (optional)
  • C water
  • 2 C uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 15-oz can red kidney beans , rinsed and drained
  • ½ C coconut milk
  • 2 t curry powder
  • ½ t dried thyme
  • ½ t freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ t salt


  1. In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic and Scotch bonnet pepper and cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in water, rice, beans, coconut milk and seasonings and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover arid until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Fluff rice with fork and let stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes. Spoon rice onto plates and serve hot.

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