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Jamaican Red Stewed Peas

This cozy Jamaican stew is made using red beans, meat and is cooked in aromatic coconut milk broth with Jamaican spices and spinners. A hearty Island stew!
Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword peas, red peas, stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 -5
Calories 536kcal
Author Imma


  • 2- tablespoon canola oil or more
  • 1-1/2 pound meat smoked turkey, beef, oxtails, pig's tail
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2-3 green onions Scallions
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2-3 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 cups cooked kidney beans or 2-3 15oz. cans rinse and drained
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups broth or more chicken or vegetarian
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

Jamaican dumplings (Spinners)

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut milk/water or enough to form a soft dough.
  • ¾-1 teaspoons garlic salt or salt


  • Season stew beef with salt and pepper to thoroughly cover all sides
  • Heat the oil an oven safe Dutch oven pan over medium heat. Add stew beef and turkey sauté, about 2 -3 minutes per side, until beef slightly browns up.
  • Add onions, green onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, paprika, and allspice and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour in coconut milk, broth, and beans and bring to a boil and let it cook for about 40 minutes or more depending on your choice of protein. If using a tough cut of meat is preferable to cook first before adding the beans.
  • While the stew is simmering make the spinners by combining water, flour and garlic salt in a medium bowl-knead dough for about 30 seconds to 1 minute to form soft dough.
  • Divide dough into 10-14 equal pieces.
  • Shape dough by rolling with your hands, as if you are making a log- somewhat like a sausage. Repeat the process until finish. Set aside
  • About 15 minutes or more before stew is ready, gently drop dumplings into the pot – you may have to add more water or coconut milk if needed
  • Let it cook until tender- about 15-20 minutes.
  • Adjust seasonings salt and pepper
  • Serve piping hot


Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1204mg | Potassium: 1199mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 11.9mg