Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas is a popular, tasty and hearty Jamaican stew dish. kidney beans also called red peas in Jamaica cooked with a flavorful coconut, aromatic spices, thyme, onion, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper.

Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

Traditionally “stew peas” is cooked with salted beef, oxtail or pig’s tail, but here I present a vegan version that will please the palate of the most skeptic.

Beans or peas are a Jamaican staple because they are so versatile and flavorful, we incorporate beans in many of our Jamaican dishes like my Jamaican Rice And Peas and Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup.

Jamaican stew peas with spinners, carrots, on steamed rice in a blue bowl, stainless steel fork, garnished with thyme sprigs on a brown wooden background with cutting board and bread overlay

How To Make Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

Jamaican stew peas with dumplings (spinners) contain a Jamaican version of unleavened dumplings also known as spinners, usually made with white flour but regular flour will work also try my Instant Pot Version.

I used whole scotch bonnet pepper for more of the authentic flavor and not the spicy heat. Coconut milk is an essential component of this stew and many other Jamaican dishes. 

For another simple pea stew, check out my Chickpea Stew recipe. Serve your stew peas with Jasmine Rice.

Close up Jamaican stew peas with spinners, carrots, on steamed rice in a blue bowl, stainless steel fork, garnished with thyme sprigs on a brown wooden background with cutting board and bread

If you are wanting to cook authentic Jamaican dishes this dish is so easy to make, I have made this dish several times for my guests and they tell me how amazing it tastes. Jamaican stew peas an ultimate comfort dish is my go-to recipe.

When growing up in Jamaica, we tend to make our own coconut milk from the fresh coconuts than the canned version. It was less expensive and resulted in more flavorful milk.
Now that I live in the USA and don’t usually have access to the fresh coconut,  I use canned coconut milk in my recipes. I usually purchase Thai Kitchen Unsweetened Coconut Milk.
Jamaican stew peas with spinners, carrots, on steamed rice in a blue bowl, stainless steel fork, garnished with thyme sprigs on a brown wooden background with cutting board and bread


. Since I made this recipe in 2012,  I now only eat gluten-free dumplings, so I have updated this recipe to include a recipe for Jamaican gluten-free dumplings.

. Substitute 2 cans of kidney beans for the dried kidney beans and omit the water.

. Use 1-14 ounce can coconut milk if you don’t have fresh coconut milk

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184 kcal / 769 kJ
8 g
6 g
25 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

10 min
1 h 30 min
Ready in:
1 h 40 min
12 Servings


Stew Peas



For The Stew Peas

  1. Sort and wash beans, soak in water overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  2. The following day, discard water and rinse beans, place them in a large saucepan with water and bring to boil, lower heat to simmer until tender for about 1 hour.
  3. Add coconut milk, carrots, onion, garlic, and continue simmering. Add spinners and thyme and other seasonings, simmer for another 30 minutes or until sauce is thick. Discard pepper before serving. Delicious served with brown rice and a salad!

For The Dumplings

  1. Place flour and salt in a bowl. Add water and mix to make a stiff dough. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into the palm of hands to make long thin dumplings. Drop into simmering stew.


Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Shenell J
    August 20, 2019

    Hi Michelle! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can’t wait to try it. I am curious, do you think I can make it in the slow cooker? How many hours should I give it, 8+ hours?

  2. Angelita Hudson
    June 24, 2019

    This was really good and easy, my 6yr old daughter ate 3 bowls. I used spelt flour for the dumplings.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 24, 2019

      Angelita, thank you so much for your feedback, I’m so excited that you and your 6-year-old enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback.

  3. Brandon
    June 12, 2019

    This was great! How would I adjust if I wish to make a double batch?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 12, 2019

      Thank you Brandon, you double all the ingredients except the salt, pepper, dried herbs, and spices. Multiply them by one and a half the original amount called for in the recipe to calculate the new amount in the doubled recipe. Then, adjust to taste and add more, if necessary.

  4. Rose
    June 6, 2019

    This was lovely, thanks for sharing this great neat free recipe!!

  5. Sue
    March 25, 2019

    I made this last week for my family; they loved it! I didn’t make the spinners, as we don’t care for them, but thickened the sauce with flour, towards the end. I’m making it again as I write, and this time I’m trying it with potatoes and celery as well as the carrots, as I used to do with beef stew. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 25, 2019

      Thank you Sue for your feedback, I’m so happy that you and your family loved it. I understand that you didn’t care much for the spinners since it might have a different texture and taste of what you are accustomed to. I hope your adjustments turn out tasting great, you might need to add some extra vegetable broth with the additional veggies.

  6. Hannah
    March 6, 2019

    I am making ynos as we speak… The only alternatice that I used was kidney beans from a can… However I didn’t use the water but used stock as suggested… It’s been on for half and hour andnits nor darkened. What darkens it?? Mines a allspice he of coconut milk!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 6, 2019

      Hannah, sounds great and should be very flavorful. The reason mine is dark is because I used soaked dark kidney beans, that is the only reason. But the taste will be same whether you use light or dark kidney beans.

  7. Natalie
    February 20, 2019

    If we omit the entire 6 cups of water when using the canned kidney beans, then the only liquid will b the coconut milk…? Should I be using the liquid from the canned beans?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 21, 2019

      Add 1 cup vegetable broth or water plus the coconut milk, if using canned kidney beans.

  8. Luca
    January 20, 2019

    I only had black beans on hand but they’re simmering now and oh-my-goodness, SO GOOD. Bookmarked your blog.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 20, 2019

      That’s awesome Luca, thank you for trying them and hope you enjoy my other recipes.

  9. Beth
    December 3, 2018

    I have made this Stew Peas many times and it’s always a hit in my home.

  10. Karlene Perry
    October 28, 2018

    I made the turn cornmeal and must say it was very enjoyable and would make it again

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 28, 2018

      Karlene, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback.