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
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 Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas with Dumplings Spinners

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.

How To Make Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas

Jamaican stew peas with dumplings (spinners) also contain a Jamaican version of unleavened dumplings also known as spinners, they are also usually made with white flour but I used but regular flour will work. i

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.

Vegetarian Jamaican Stew Peas

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 a 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.
Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas


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


For: 12 Servings

Stew Peas


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


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

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  1. Beth
    December 3, 2018


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

  2. 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.