Pois frits, fried beans are a Good Friday tradition in some Haitian families. It actually makes for quite a delightful side. |

Haitian fried beans

Not to be confused with the Hispanic refried beans, our Haitian fried beans are literally red kidney beans that we fry and serve as a side dish. 

Cuisine Haitian
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup of red kidney beans
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh parsley
  • onion
  • vinaigrette (optional)
  • oil for frying


  1. Soak your beans the night before

  2. Drain them and transfer them to a pot filed with water

  3. Add one garlic head and cook your beans halfway about 30 minutes

  4. Drain the beans and fry them in some sizzling oil

  5. Season with salt and pepper

  6. Garnish with onions and fresh parsley

  7. Serve hot with a vinaigrette on the side.

Recipe Notes

For this recipe to be successful, make sure only to cook the beans halfway before frying them or else you'll end up with some mushy beans.

Feel free to season the fried beans to your taste.