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cooked black eyed peas in a bowl

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


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

  1. Dice the carrots, onion, and celery and set them aside.
  2. Mince the garlic and set them aside.
  3. Measure out your salt and pepper and bay leaves and set them aside.
  4. Dice the ham and set it aside.
  5. Rinse the black-eyed peas and let drain in the sink in a strainer.
  6. Measure out your 4 cups of stock.

Saute the veggies and spices together

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan
  2. Add the diced carrots, onions, celery, and bay leaves to the pan and saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic to the pan and saute for another minute.

Add ingredients to the Instant Pot

  1. Add the sauteed veggies, bay leaves, and garlic to the instant pot.
  2. Add the stock to the instant pot.
  3. Add the rinsed and uncooked black-eyed peas to the instant pot.
  4. Add the salt and pepper to the instant pot.
  5. Give all the ingredients one big stir and close the lid of the instant pot.

Program the Instant Pot

  1. Make sure the lid is locked into place.
  2. Select the Pressure Cook Setting.
  3. Set the Pressure level to High.
  4. Make sure the pressure valve on the top is closed.
  5. Use the -/+ keys to set the time to 16 minutes.
  6. 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.

Reheating Options:

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
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