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Jamaican-Style Yellow Split Pea Soup

4-6 Servings

FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 6¼ to 7¼ hours 20 minutes active

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This mildly spicy soup is a lighter, brighter version of a Jamaican split pea stew typically flavored with salted pork. Unrefined coconut oil lends subtle coconut notes, but regular refined coconut oil works fine. To make the dish vegetarian, use water instead of chicken broth. Though unconventional, we liked the soup garnished with a spoonful of plain yogurt.




Don't chop or mince the chili or the soup will be too spicy. Don't forget to remove and discard the chili before serving.

FAST: 1 hour
Slow: 6¼ to 7¼ hours

20 minutes active


  • 2

    tablespoons coconut oil, preferably unrefined

  • 1

    large yellow onion, finely chopped


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Leigh R.
October 5, 2022
Delicious and easy
Easy t make and so very tasty.
Mariecar M.
March 28, 2024
I’m trying to use a leftover hambone… would it be bad to add it to this dish?
Rachel S.

I have been watching Christopher Kimball for over 18 years. I've been a susbscriber since 2018. Every recipe is awesome and very delicious. My electric pressure cooker was dirty, so I made this in my stovetop pressure cooker. I got the same results; this recipe is so good. Thank you for the endless, easy recipes for those of us short on time and on a budget.

Melissa J.

Can you use green split peas?

Lynn C.

Hi Melissa -

Though not traditional in Jamaica, you should be able to substitute with green split peas without issue.

The Milk Street Team

Peter Chris S.

This was disappointing. No flavors popped. Tried adding more salt and pepper to no avail. Was really surprised the habanero didn't add more flavor, couldn't detect it at all.