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Black-Eyed Peas In the Instant Pot Recipe

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This recipe for Black-Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot will have you gobbling up the South’s favorite legume. Bake a skillet of cornbread and serve them both with other veggies or meat for a perfectly Southern meal.

scoop of black-eyed peas

Black-eyed peas are definitely a Southern favorite and with this recipe using the Instant Pot, you might find yourself making them quite often.

Typically, dried black-eyed peas have to be soaked overnight for at least 8 hours before cooking; however, using an Instant Pot to pressure cook them eliminates that need.

How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot

To cook black-eyed peas in the Instant Pot, you need the following:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil (I prefer avocado, but olive oil works fine, too),
  • 1 cup of chopped onion,
  • cooked bacon or ham for flavoring,
  • 2 cups of dried black-eyed peas,
  • a teaspoon of salt,
  • 5 cups of water.

2 cups of black-eyed peas

Be sure to pick through the black-eyed peas to make sure that there aren’t any pebbles or unwanted items. (It is an agricultural item and things do happen to get picked up unintentionally.

Once you have all of your ingredients ready, select SAUTE on your Instant Pot.  Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of oil into the pot.  Add the diced onion and saute for a few minutes until the onions begin to soften.

Next, turn the Instant Pot off for a moment.  Add the dried peas, water, and ham or bacon, and salt.  Put the Instant Pot lid on and turn the knob on top to close.  Select Pressure Cook (or Manual) and set the time for 16 minutes.

Once the peas have finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 8 – 10 minutes.  At that point, you can manually release the pressure by turning the valve to Vent.

Yield: 7 cups

Black-Eyed Peas In the Instant Pot

Black-Eyed Peas In the Instant Pot

This recipe for Black-Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot will have you gobbling up the South’s favorite legume. Bake a skillet of cornbread and serve them both with other veggies or meat for a perfectly Southern meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup ham, cooked and cubed or chopped
  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water

Instructions

    1. Select SAUTE on the Instant Pot.  Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of oil into the pot.  Add the diced onion and saute for a few minutes until the onions begin to soften.
    2. Turn the Instant Pot off.  Add the dried peas, water, ham, and salt. Put the Instant Pot lid on and turn the knob on top to close.  Select Pressure Cook (or Manual) and set the time for 16 minutes.
    3. Once the peas have finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 8 – 10 minutes.  At that point, you can manually release the pressure by turning the valve to Vent.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

3/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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bowl of black-eyed peas

About Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are notorious for being “buggy.”  I know that’s probably not something that you want to hear, but it is something that you need to know, especially if you are like me and prefer organic food.

One way of keeping the little critters from showing up is to refrigerate or freeze your black-eyed peas. 

Freezing or refrigerating black-eyed peas is recommended on bags of  Geechie Boy Mill Black-Eyed Peas.  While not technically organic, the Geechie Boy Mill peas have no added preservatives or chemicals.  I discovered the brand at Whole Foods and am totally impressed.  (By the way, this is not a sponsored post and not endorsed by Geechie Boy Mill.)



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