Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee

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Ackee originated in West African and was brought to the island of Jamaica in the 1700s.

jamaican Ackee

Ackee is now known as Jamaica’s national fruit. In addition, It is most often paired with a salted fish and served with a starchy food item such as dumplings, starchy roots, and breadfruit. Moreover, Jamaica’s national dish is a very popular breakfast meal.

Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee

Seasoned Rice is not new to Jamaican. “Season rice” as it’s commonly called, usually has some kind of meat(sausage, corned pork, pig’s tail)  or even fish (salted fish) added to the dish for enhanced flavor.

Rice Pilaf is simply cooking rice in flavored broth. Seasoned Rice with ackee is one of my all-time favorite rice dishes. The Ackee is very buttery and takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it. 

It’s a great addition to Rice Pilaf. The recipe is very simple. This recipe is great for vegetarians. However, it can be easily converted to a vegan dish by changing one of the ingredients, making it also ideal for a Meatless Monday option.

Brown Rice vs Parboiled Rice

You would be surprised how many people believe that brown rice and parboiled rice are the same. They are different in color, taste, texture, and cooking time. 
Parboil Rice is half cooked into its natural husk. This process involves soaking the rice in their husk, steaming them, and then drying them. This results in parboiled rice faster to cook.
On the other hand, Brown Rice is in its natural or wholesome state. It has been processed very little and therefore has retained most of its nutrients compared to white rice that has been stripped of most of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee

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Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee

Kevin Foodie
Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee is a delicious side dish. It is also a great Meatless Monday dish. This rice dish is very simple but has tons of flavor.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Saucepan
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Metal Spoon


  • 3 cups Par Boiled Rice
  • 1/3 cup Olive or Canola Oil
  • 4 cups Vegetable Stocks
  • 2 cups Fresh Ackee or 1 canned Ackee
  • 1/2 cup Diced Sweet Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried or Fresh Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Yellow Peppers
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1/2 cup Dices Onions
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • On the cutting board, dice the bell peppers, garlic and onion.
    diced vegetables
  • Heat cooking oil in the sauce pan over medium flame for 1 minute.
  • To heated oil, add onions, garlic, bell peppers, thyme, and salt. Stir and allow vegetables to sweat for 2 minutes.
    sauteed vegetables
  • Add cups of parboiled rice to the mixture and continuously stir until rice becomes translucent. Cook for about 3 minutes.
    rice in pot
  • To the rice mixture, add vegetable stock and water and bring to boil.
  • Add ackee and stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.
    Jamaican Ackee
  • Place lid on the saucepan and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
    ackee rice
  • At half time during the cooking process, reduce the flame to low. When all the liquid has evaporated, gently stir seasoned rice. Turn off the flame and you are ready to serve.


If you do no have fresh ackee, you can purchase the can ackee. They can be purchased online (Walmart, amazon fresh, instacart) or in the ethnic aisle of your local supermarket.
If you do not have vegetable stocks you can replace it with water. The vegetable stock is for added flavor.
This is a great side dish to many entrees.
Keyword Ackee, Fruit, Jamaican food, Meatless, Meatless Monday, Recipe, Rice Dish, Rice Pilaf, Seasoned Rice

Seasoned Rice Pilaf

This dish is ideal for vegetarians. The vegetable stock in the recipe is for vegetarians. If you can substitute recipe stock with a vegan option, then this will make you a very tasty vegan dish.

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Ackee Seasoned Rice Pilaf

Make this your Meatless Monday dish. The ackee is like scrambled eggs. It’s high in good fats and vitamins, making this dish very wholesome and hearty.


Seasoned Rice Pilaf With Ackee

A delicious side dish to any meal.

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5 thoughts on “Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Ackee”

  1. 5 stars
    I never tried pilaf before but Ackee is one of my favorites, so I’m excited to try this combo. Great spin on a classic!

  2. 5 stars
    first time to hear this fruit, interesting to know where to use it. Thanks for sharing this traditional
    fruit from Jamaica

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