Cook-up Rice Recipe: A Taste of Guyana's Culinary Tradition

Dish recipes: Cook-up Rice
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Cook-up Rice is a beloved dish from Guyana that reflects the country's diverse cultural influences and vibrant flavors. This one-pot meal brings together rice, beans, meat, and aromatic spices, creating a comforting and hearty dish that is perfect for sharing with family and friends. Cook-up Rice is often enjoyed during gatherings, celebrations, and everyday meals, serving as a staple in Guyanese cuisine. Let's explore how to prepare this flavorful and satisfying dish.


1 lb chicken pieces (or beef/pork), cut into chunks

1 lb rice

1 can red beans, drained and rinsed

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup coconut milk

2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Hot pepper sauce (optional, for extra heat)


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and diced bell pepper, and sauté until softened. Add the chicken pieces (or beef/pork) to the pot and brown them on all sides. Stir in the curry powder and thyme, and cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the drained and rinsed red beans to the pot, along with the rice. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. If desired, serve the Cook-up Rice with hot pepper sauce on the side for extra heat.


Serve the Cook-up Rice hot, garnished with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro. This flavorful one-pot meal is perfect for any occasion and is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Cook-up Rice is more than just a dish it's a symbol of Guyana's rich culinary heritage and the warmth of its people. With its blend of aromatic spices, tender meat, and fluffy rice, Cook-up Rice invites you to experience the delicious flavors of Guyanese cuisine.