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Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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The Instant Pot continues to gain popularity, and for a good reason: it's a multi-function wonder that turns what was once a lengthy and time-consuming cooking project into a fast and simple process. Even with Instant Pot, Black Eyed Peas Recipe is a quick and easy recipe and a favorite way to cook Instant Pot peas. And don't forget they are supposed to bring good luck for New Years'.

Cooked Black Eyed Peas inside the Instant Pot being stirred with a wooden spoon

What's your favorite way to make a New Year's black eyed peas recipe? We've done a crockpot black eyed peas recipe in the past, but these peas were pressure cooked to perfection!

And, there may be no better match for the Instant Pot than dried legumes. While traditionally cooking this recipe on the stovetop can take up to 12-14 hours, with this recipe, they're ready to eat in less than one hour!

Basic ingredients for this black eyed peas recipe

  • dried black-eyed peas
  • ham hock
  • diced tomatoes with jalapeños (or hot Rotel)
  • diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • chicken broth or water to cover
  • celery
  • salt and pepper

Possible variations for a black eyed peas New Years recipe

  • Black eyed peas with bacon or salt pork
  • Add in some bell pepper
  • make a black eyed pea soup Instant Pot recipe
  • Hoppin John
  • Add a splash of liquid smoke
  • Use a ham bone for flavoring

What are Black Eyed Peas?

Although called a pea, black eyed peas are actually a bean. Both peas and beans are legumes, and both have edible seeds and pods. As with all legumes, black eyed peas (and all legumes) are an especially good source of soluble fiber, which helps you to feel fuller longer, and also keeps blood sugar levels balanced.

In the Southern United States, it is a tradition to eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day, as it is thought to bring prosperity in the new year.

Which peas should I use?

Fresh black eyed peas Instant Pot time

Learning how to cook fresh black eyed peas is rather easy. They require less cooking time than dry beans. Start by adding all ingredients to the Instant Pot and then cooking fresh blackeyed peas for 9 minutes on high pressure. Follow up with a natural pressure release, and your peas will be cooked to perfection.

Frozen black eyed peas Instant Pot time

Tired of trying to wing it to figure out how to cook frozen black eyed peas? Here's the answer to your questions. Instant Pot frozen black eyed peas should cook up with a 15 minute high pressure cooking time and 15 minutes natural pressure release.

Canned black eyed peas Instant Pot time

Canned beans don't require as much cooking time because they've really already been cooked. However, to infuse the pork and seasonings' flavor throughout the peas, it is best to cook for a high-pressure time of 9 minutes, again followed by a natural pressure release.

Tips for Cooking Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

  • The natural release will take between 15-20 minutes; so make sure to factor this in to your total preparation time.
  • To control foaming, add 1 tablespoon of oil to the black eyed peas before cooking.
  • Never fill the Instant Pot more than halfway. For the 6-quart pressure cooker, a 16-ounce bag of dried black eyed peas is the maximum you can cook at one time.
  • To decrease the total cooking time for this black eyed pea recipe Instant Pot version, try soaking for 4-8 hours prior to cooking.

How to season black eyed peas

This recipe calls for diced tomatoes with jalapenos, so that will bring some spice to the meal. For some extra seasoning, add in salt and pepper to taste.

Optional: We also like to start the pot on saute, and toss in some diced onions and garlic with olive oil. Saute those ingredients for a few minutes before adding in the remaining ingredients. It offers a nice flavor enhancement.

Do you need to soak black eyed peas?

You really don't have to soak black eyed peas, but you can. If you choose to soak them, soak the peas for about 6 hours. This will make them softer when they cook up.

However, soaking black eyed peas isn't mandatory. You might just need to cook the beans a little longer if they aren't soaked.

You can also do the boil-soak method where you bring to a boil and then let the peas or beans sit for an hour and soak them prior to cooking.

How to make black eyed peas in the crockpot

Learning how to cook black eyed peas in a crock pot is easy.

Don't have a pressure cooker and want to try this black eyed peas recipe...slow cooker to the rescue!

How long to cook black eyed peas

Use the same ingredients, and cook the peas for 10 hours on low or 6 hours on high. Dinner will be ready when you are.

What to serve it with

While our Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe is a hearty and satisfying main course, they are equally great served as a side dish. For a complete traditional southern-style meal experience, serve them alongside delicious jerk chicken or air fryer pork chops, some braised collard greens, and one of these tasty cornbread muffins.

We love these medallian Mozzarella cheese bites and airfryer mac n cheese bites as appetizer or sides with black eyed peas.

More Instant Pot Recipes You'll Like

If you love this recipe, check out these other great choices that deliver distinctive, flavors with the ease and convenience of the pressure cooker!

Three bowls of Black Eyed Peas on a wooden table next to a blue cloth napkin and a silver spoon


  • Steamer basket/colander | Consider an Instant Pot steamer basket that can also double as a colander. For this recipe, use it as a colander to rinse and sort the peas.
  • Glass storage canisters | These generous glass jars provide attractive air-tight storage for beans, pasta, and other pantry staples.
  • Dried black-eyed peas | An ingredient that you simply can't do without for this recipe. Happy New Year's (or whatever day it is that you're making this), and may you have the best of luck in the year ahead.

How to make Instant Pot black eyed peas New Year's day recipes

Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot inner pot.

Close the lid, and make sure the pressure valve is turned to sealed (not venting).

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe ingredients inside the Instant Pot inner pot

Set a manual high pressure time for 30 minutes.

Allow for a natural (slow) pressure release at the end of the cooking time.

Stir, dish into bowls, and enjoy!

New to cooking with a pressure cooker? Try out the Be the Boss of Your Instant Pot Video Course! It'll help take the pressure off and ease you into cooking with your Instant Pot.

Top down view of three bowls of Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas on a wooden table next to a blue cloth napkin and a silver spoon


Yield: 12-16 servings

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Thanks to the Instant Pot, flavorful southern-style black eyed peas are ready to eat in less than one hour!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  1. Add all ingredients to the pressure cooker.
  2. Turn pressure valve to sealed.
  3. Set a manual high-pressure time for 30 minutes.
  4. Allow for a natural (slow) pressure release at the end of the cook time.
  5. Stir, serve and enjoy!


  • Feel free to substitute bacon for the ham. Just saute it prior to pressure cooking.
  • Add in chopped or diced onions and bell peppers for additional flavor.
  • Serve with rice if desired.
  • Cornbread and cabbage make excellent side dishes.
  • Have leftovers? Try a Hoppin Johns recipe.


  • Can my dog eat Black Eyed Peas Recipe? Due to the nature of the spicy flavors of this recipe, it is not recommended to give to dogs. They have a delicate digestive system, which can take ham or peas, but without any jalapeños, chilies, or other strong flavors.
  • Can my cat eat Black Eyed Peas Recipe? Even though your cat might want to taste the ham or even might be curious about the beans, this recipe is not recommended for your furry friend. His digestive system won't take the strong and spicy flavors of jalapeños and green chilies that easily.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 113Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 4mgSodium 289mgCarbohydrates 19gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 4gSugar 3gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 8g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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