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

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.

Overlay Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas in a beige bowl with dumplings, kidney beans on a grey background with a grey napkin.

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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.

soaked kidney beans in water for vegan 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 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 fresh coconut,  I use canned coconut milk in my recipes. I usually purchase Thai Kitchen Unsweetened Coconut Milk.

Vegan Jamaican stew peas in a beige bowl, with a spoonful of stew peas with dumplings


. Since I made this recipe in 2012,  I now only eat gluten-free dumplings. 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)
  • Energy: 184 kcal / 769 kJ
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbs: 25 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 40 min
  • For: 12 Servings


Stew Peas



For The Stew Peas

  1. Sort and wash beans, and soak them in water (about 3 inches above the beans) overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  2. The following day, discard water and rinse beans, place them in a large saucepan with the 6 cups of water, and bring to a 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.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

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.