Jamaican Red Peas Soup is a classic Jamaican dish that is enjoyed by many. There are different variations to the Jamaican red peas soup. Some are made vegetarian/vegan, while some make theirs without pork. Whatever way you choose it’s sure to be delicious when done right.
How to make Red Peas Soup?
Making Jamaican Red Peas Soup is time-consuming but simple to follow. It’s the same way you make another soup, it’s all about the timing of the ingredients and adding natural ingredients to add to the flavor. First thing is to decide what kind of red peas soup you would like to cook. That will determine the timing of your ingredients. If you choose to add beef, chicken, or and pork (pigtail) then you know you will need to scald the pork to get rid of the excess salt first. If your beef has bones in it then you know you will need to start cooking the beef ahead of time with the peas.
Red Pes Soup Vegetarian or Vegan
You can most definitely make this delicious recipe vegan or vegetarian. It’s perfect without meat. I have had it vegetarian and it was to die for. Adding coconut milk to your vegan/vegetarian Jamaican Red Peas Soup is vital because it most certainly gives it that extra sazz!
How to Cook Red Peas Soup with Chicken
Cooking Red Peas Soup is just as easy as cooking it with beef. The question is what part of the chicken you would like to use. The feet, the breast, or the whole chicken. Chicken feet take a longer time to cook, hence you would add chicken feet and kidney beans together at the same time.
Scotch Bonnet or Habanero
You can use either bit recommended scotch bonnet. The scotch bonnet looks similar to a habanero but in no way do they have the same flavor.
Grace Cock Soup
Do I have to use Grace? No, it’s just a local staple that Jamaicans grew up on. Grace has been a part of Jamaica since 1922, so you can imagine how it has changed our cuisine. In order to make many of our dishes the authentic way, it usually calls for a specific ingredient. These are optional, you can add your choice of chicken flavoring or beef flavoring if you have it. I would suggest Boullion.
Red Peas Soup Ingredients
- Protein (Pigtails, Beef, Chicken Feet, Red Kidney Beans)
- Sweet potato
- Jamaican white yam and or yellow yam
- Carrot cut into small cubes
- Scotch bonnet
- Chicken Noodle Packet
- Coconut Milk
- Flour to make dumplings or spinners optional
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Jamaican Red Peas Soup
- 4 pieces stew beef and salted beef
- 1/2 pound pigtails cut into pieces
- 2 cups dried red kidney beans
- 2 whole potatoes cut into big pieces optional
- flour to make dumplings or spinners optional
- 1 whole sweet potato or yam cut into big pieces also optional
- 2 small carrot cut into small cubes
- 2 tbsp salt
- 2 stalk scallion
- 3 clove garlic
- 3 spring thyme
- small piece ginger
- 1 whole scotch bonnet or habanero
- 1 tbsp pimento
- 1 chicken noodle packet the pumpkin-flavored Use bouillon to substitute.
- butter Optional
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 12 cups water
NB: you can soak your peas overnight if you prefer. If so you would cook your meat before the peas.
- In a soup pot bring to boil beef ribs, pigtail, kidney beans, 1/2 garlic, 1/2 thyme, 1/2 pimento, 1/2scallion, ginger, salt for 2 1/2 hrs on medium heat.
- If you are using salted beef, or salted pigtails do not add salt.
- If you are using a pressure cooker it should take 1 1/2 hrs to cook the peas and the meat.
- When the meat and peas are tender add dumplings, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potato. Let that cook for 15 mins
- If you have other ground provisions you would like to add or take away by all means do so. Some people like to add breadfruit, other forms of yams, cassava, turnips to name some.
- After 15 mins add the whole scotch bonnet pepper, butter, noodle packet or bouillon, coconut milk, and the remaining thyme, garlic, scallion, and pimento. And let it simmer for another 10mins. Check for the taste and adjust salt, bouillon, or butter accordingly if necessary.
How to make spinners
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup water
- Pinch of salt optional
- In a bowl add flour and salt. Make a hole in the middle of the flour and add water. Mix in the flour until it forms a stiff dough. Not too hard, not too soft. Perfect enough to break a small piece off and roll in the palm of your hand. They should look like worms