One Pot Meals | Jamaican Seasoned Rice Recipe With Ackee

© Carolee D. Samuda aka Cardisa
© Carolee D. Samuda aka Cardisa
4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Jamaican Seasoned Rice

Seasoned rice

In Jamaica we have several one pot wonders and this is one of them. The seasoned rice is an easy alternative to making two or three dishes to make up a meal. The good thing with one pot meals is that there are not many rules and you can change and modify to suit your own taste. The only rule you need to consider is the main ingredient(s) that will make or break your meal.

In this dish I will be using ackees because they are in season, however, you can omit the ackee if you are not in possession of the commodity. I suggest using pumpkin instead of ackees if you prefer, but I guarantee the flavor will be different.

Ackee has a unique taste like nothing else so a seasoned rice made with ackee will also give a unique flavor that is different from the pumpkin.

I want to let my readers know that the use of the whole scotch bonnet pepper does not make the food spicy. The heat only happens when you break or cut the pepper. Using a whole pepper in the pot will only give a seasoning flavor and no heat.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: 4 servings


  • 6 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups uncooked ackees or, the equivalent from a can
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 3 - 4 oz salted cod fish
  • 1/2 teaspoon pimento seeds
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 5 -6 garlic cloves, smashed or chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, or 1 tbsps dried thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs brown rice


  1. On medium flames in a large pot, dutch oven or your favorite rice pot, put on your coconut milk.
  2. Rinse excess salt from the codfish and peel the scale-side skin off the fish or scrape the scales off. Dice your codfish taking care to remove bones.
  3. Add carrots, pimento seeds, salted codfish and garlic, then bring to a boil.
  4. When coconut milk starts to boil add ackee, scallion, scotch bonnet and cover.
  5. When ackees are tender you taste then adjust salt and add black pepper to taste.
  6. Rinse and drain your brown rice then add to pot. Bring pot to a boil then reduce flames to medium low or low and let simmer until liquid has evaporated.
  7. Bring flames to very low and let rice finish cooking in its steam. You will know when rice is ready when the brown rice grains are split open and tender.
  8. A fork inserted in the center of the rice should also come out dry.
  9. When rice is done, fluff and serve with a salad.

About Jamaican one pot meals

One pot meals became popular when the poorer class did not have much so they would fetch a coconut and put all they had to cook in it. In some cases you will get

  • a nice pepper pot soup,
  • a coconut stew with dumplings, taro, bananas, yams and so forth
  • there is the polenta, known as "turn cornmeal" in Jamaica, so called because you have to keep turning it over for it to cook throughout.
  • The seasoned rice a very popular and easy to make. Just throw in your ingredients and forget it.

For more Jamaican recipes please visit my food blog.

Jamaican one pot meals season rice variations

Doing your one pot Jamaican style is easy. The only rule to remember is that all Jamaican one pot meals contain coconut milk! So here are the variations


  • Basmati
  • Parboiled
  • Wild
  • Brown
  • Plain bleached


  • Carrots
  • Sweet peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Corn kernels
  • Sweet peas
  • Calalloo (the Jamaican spinach)
  • Pumpkin (really a fruit)
  • Tomatoes


  • Jerk pork
  • Roast pork
  • Roast beef
  • Smoked chicken
  • Grilled chicken
  • Jerk chicken
  • Ham
  • Smoked turkey
  • Smoked sausages

It is best to use precooked meats. Don't use processed meats like spam or frankfurters. The sausages must be good and real. You can also try ground beef that has been browned properly.

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creativelycc 4 years ago from Maine

This sounds amazing! I haven't had ackee in years. My mother used to cook it when I was a little girl living in NYC. Now I live in the country in Maine and have no way to get it. I'm going to look online to see if I can have some shipped to me. What would be a good substitute for ackee?

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Creativelycc, I would suggest using pumpkin but you know the taste is different. There is no taste like ackee! Thanks for stopping by.

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nmdonders 4 years ago

What a fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing :)

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Nmdonders, have a great evening.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Again, I have had this (and a few of its cousins), but though good were not as pretty.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Mhatter, glad you like Jamaican food.

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epigramman 4 years ago make all of your recipes look so delicious with your world class presentations Miss C - oh god I have missed you - if you keep this up I might as well just turn gay or something like that - lol - tell me please that you are feeling better these days because I really do care about you - and I want to be your 'apprentice' - well, lol , I've wanted to be your apprentice since the first day I met you ........ lake erie time 11:59pm - your food hubs really rock Carolee - I will go away now and play some nice reggae - you've put me in a real good mood. Irie!!!!!!!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Epigramman, I am not sure about feeling better but I am trying to keep busy by working. I do feel better when I read your wonderful words and I seriously wish I could hugged by you. Thank you as always for making me feel special and you know you are my Bombastic Apprentice!

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This is another hub with your delicious recipes. They look so delicious. i wish I could visit you so you could give me a crash cooking course in Jamaica food. Love you hubs. Be well.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Pamela, they are easy to make so long as you have the ingredients. I think you should be able to pick up some Jamaican ingredients in Florida. Thanks for stopping by.

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I need to have a Jamaican dinner party. This really dresses up sometimes boring rice. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Carol, it does jazz up the rice a bit. I get tired of the plain old rice all the

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chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Looks yummy!

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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

I love everything about Caribbean cooking. I love mixing the sweet into each dish. I hope to travel there one day and eat my way through the islands.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Chrissie.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

LOL, thanks Mvillecat, you need a huge tummy to do that but you are welcome to eat your way through any time.

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culinary traveler 4 years ago

Sounds wonderful. Voted up!

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Culinary Traveler.

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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Yum! I have never tasted your food, but after reading a good number of your recipe hubs, I can tell you're a very skilled chef. I'll have to visit you in Jamaica some day and beg you to cook for me! LOL

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Om, I would live to cook for you when you visit Jamaica. Thanks, I love cooking as well.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your photos make this one pot meal idea very enticing. I believe it would really make for weekly meal enjoyment. Thanks for sharing.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Teaches, I really appeciate your reading and commenting on my hubs.

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dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

What a fantastic recipe, I will definitely have to give this one a go :)

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Dobo700, please tell me how you like when you do. Thanks for stopping by. :))

Wilfai 3 years ago

Thanks for the recipe!!!

I am in South Florida and I had some ackee in my freezer for some time now ( you know when family visits and bring ackee ) and wanted to utilize it some other way rather than the normal ackee and saltfish as I didn't think it would be as tasty. Instead of carrots, I used pumpkin which is how I remember eating back home in Jamaica and I used boneless dried pollock fillets (available in most supermarkets). Came out great... served it for dinner with a small salad.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Wilfai, glad it worked out great! Thanks for coming back to endorse. Pumpkin is the original way to cook the seasoned rice so it must have been tasty.

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lucybell21 3 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Great recipe. I am a big fan of one pot meals.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Lucybell21, I hope you try it. Can you get ackees where you are?

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WhatToCook 3 years ago from Springfield, MO

This looks good, I'm going to have to give it a try. I'm not for sure if i can get ackee here or not, but you said pumpkin will work, and I always have that on hand. Thanks for sharing.

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello WhatToCook, yes the pumpkin makes a good Jamaican seasoned rice though it doesn't taste the same. Make sure to use the coconut milk and saltfish for flavour.

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ziyena 2 years ago from Southern Colorado


Looks yummy, love me some spice :)

Beautifl Hub! Up

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Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Looks really good. It might be a little too spicy for me. I might omit the pepper.

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Ziyena. Have a wonderful day.

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Paradise, the pepper doesn't make it spicy unless you break it. Thanks for stopping by.

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TotalHealth 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

Your recipe for Jamaican seasoned rice with Ackee looks delicious! I'm curious how this must taste given ingredients include coconut milk and pimento seeds. Hmm?! Just thinking about this meal is making me hungry!! Do you have any beverages to recommend that would compliment the flavors? Thanks for sharing, I'm excited to try this. - voted up ; )

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Total Health. What Jamaican would drink with this meal is lemonade or fruit juice. I like melon, orange or passion fruit juices but I believe you can have any fruit juice you like with it. Thanks for stopping by.

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peachpurple 24 months ago from Home Sweet Home

this jamaican food is similar to our nasi lemak dish, yummy

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Cardisa 24 months ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Peachpurple. Your dish sounds delicious. What are the ingredients?

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