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Caribbean pepperpot stew recipe

Caribbean pepperpot stew recipe

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This wonderfully comforting stew has a light, summery twist thanks to tons of Caribbean flavour. Marinating rump steak in jerk paste makes it fantastically fiery – cooking in a creamy coconut milk and thyme sauce really helps tenderise the meat, whlist sweet potatoes, okra and kale add extra bite to this summertime stew. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 8 mins to prepare and 32 mins to cook
  • 537 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free


  • 300g rump steak, trimmed and cut into 2.5cm chunks
  • 2 tsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp jerk paste
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • ½ beef stock cube
  • 4 okra, chopped
  • 400g tin butter beans
  • 200ml light coconut milk
  • 50g kale, chopped
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    20g 28%
  • Saturates

    10g 50%
  • Sugars

    16g 18%
  • Salt

    2g 33%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 48.4g Protein 45g Fibre 11.7g


  1. In a bowl, toss the beef with half the garlic and ginger paste and ½ tsp of jerk paste; season with black pepper. Heat half the oil in a medium casserole. Add the beef and fry over a high heat, for 3 mins, or until browned. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil and garlic and ginger paste. Add the onion and cook for 5 mins, stirring often. Stir in the remaining jerk paste, thyme, red pepper and sweet potatoes. Cook for 2 mins, then crumble in the stock cube. Add the okra, butter beans and the coconut milk (if the veg isn’t submerged in liquid, add enough water to just cover). Simmer for 15-20 mins, until the potatoes are tender and the sauce has reduced.
  3. Tip in the kale and reserved beef and cook for 1-2 mins, until the beef is hot through and the kale has wilted; season to taste. Scatter over a little extra thyme, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. Re-heat until piping hot.

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