How to Make Cookup Rice

Cookup rice is an all-in-one preparation. Although any kind of meat or fish can be used. I prefer beef. This meal can also be prepared without any meat –  just add a little more peas or beans.

It’s superb when eaten with pepperpot


  • 1 lb fresh beef
  • 1/2 lb corn beef (salt beef)
  • 1/2 lb beef tripe (optional)
  • 1 lb dry pigeon peas or 2 tins
  • Black eye can also be used
  • 1 pint rice (parboil or basmattie  parboil takes a little longer to cook)
  • 1 1/2 tins coconut milk
  • 1/2 head garlic(chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 4 head scallion/shallot(chopped)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tps dry
  • 1 medium hot pepper
  • 1 punch fresh basil (chopped)or 1 tea spoon dry
  • 4 beef bullion
  • 1 potspoon oil
  • 1/2 tbs sugar
  • salt if needed


  • Soak dry peas overnight if not using peas in tin
  • Wash all meat and cut it into small pieces
  • Heat oil in a pot/pressure cooker
  • add all meats and fry allowing all juices to evaporate
  • Add all other ingredients  EXCEPT RICE, MILK, AND PEAS IN TIN
  • Add 3 cups of water boil or pressure until meat is 3/4 tender you may need to pressure for 7 minutes on high, if boiling you will need to add water as needed
  • Add soaked peas and allow it to boil until peas are tender-ish.  NOTE: black eye boils before pigeon peas, if you are using tin peas then you will add that with the rice
  • Add rice and milk
  • Stir and taste – add salt if needed
  • Cover and allow to simmer for a few minutes
  • Add 2 cups water, cover, and simmer on low heat  for 10 minutes
  • Check rice for tenderness – add little a water if needed
  • When the rice is 3/4 done remove the cover and allow the liquid to evaporate
  • Cover and remove from heat
  • Allow it to sit for 10 minutes
  • NOTE: okra and/or spinach can be added when rice is 1/2 done. The okra head and tip must be removed if the tips can cut easily discard them, as they will not cook

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