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Black-Eyed Peas In the Instant Pot Recipe

Get your Southern fix with this recipe for Black-Eyed Peas. A classic southern side dish, these peas are served up in an Instant Pot to save you time and energy! Serve them alongside cornbread or other veggies or meat as part of a perfectly Southern meal.

Using an Instant Pot, you’ll have these delicious beans on your dinner table in just about an hour. The recipe is really simple too–you only need five ingredients (plus some water) so grab those items before getting started with this Southern side dish.

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.

scoop of black-eyed peas

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.

diced onion on a cutting board

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.

scoop of black-eyed peas

Black-Eyed Peas In the Instant Pot

Lynda
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.
4.4 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Additional Time 30 mins
Total Time 51 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 7 cups
Calories 168 kcal

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
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Serving: 3/4 cupCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 10gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 48mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4g
Keyword black-eyed peas, legumes, side dish, southern, vegetables, veggies
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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.)

bag of Geechie Boy Mill black-eyed peas

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