The Instant Pot makes this a quick, easy, and nutritious black-eyed peas make an excellent meal or side dish. This dish can easily become vegan by removing the diced ham and using vegetable stock.
Vegetables and Aromatics
- 1 small white or yellow onion, diced
- 3 medium carrots, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 pound dried, rinsed, black-eyed peas (16 oz. bag)
- 1 cup smoked ham, diced
- 4 cups stock — vegetable, chicken, beef, ham stock (If you want it to be vegan, only use vegetable stock)
Spices and Oils
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Prep the ingredients
- Dice the carrots, onion, and celery and set them aside.
- Mince the garlic and set them aside.
- Measure out your salt and pepper and bay leaves and set them aside.
- Dice the ham and set it aside.
- Rinse the black-eyed peas and let drain in the sink in a strainer.
- Measure out your 4 cups of stock.
Saute the veggies and spices together
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan
- Add the diced carrots, onions, celery, and bay leaves to the pan and saute for 3 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for another minute.
Add ingredients to the Instant Pot
- Add the sauteed veggies, bay leaves, and garlic to the instant pot.
- Add the stock to the instant pot.
- Add the rinsed and uncooked black-eyed peas to the instant pot.
- Add the salt and pepper to the instant pot.
- Give all the ingredients one big stir and close the lid of the instant pot.
Program the Instant Pot
- Make sure the lid is locked into place.
- Select the Pressure Cook Setting.
- Set the Pressure level to High.
- Make sure the pressure valve on the top is closed.
- Use the -/+ keys to set the time to 16 minutes.
- Once the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes.
Want a Vegan/Vegetarian version? You can easily make this into a vegan dish by omitting the ham and using vegetable stock.
Storing and Freezing Options:
You can store your black-eyed peas in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 days.
You can also freeze your black-eyed peas in a leak-proof container for up to 6 months.
Reheat them on the stove on medium for 5-8 minutes or until they are the temperature you desire.
To reheat them from frozen, let them thaw out for a couple of hours before you put them in the pan and then reheat until they are at the desired temperature for serving.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dishes
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: black eyed peas, Instant pot