Cook black eyed peas in your Instant Pot for an easy family dinner made with pantry staples! Some leftover ham and canned tomatoes are mixed with dried black eyed peas for an easy and filling family dinner. These black eyed peas are soft and tender and will be ready in about an hour with no soaking required!
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Although black eyed peas are called “peas” they are actually a type of beans. It is a long standing Southern tradition to eat them on New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the year.
Whether it is New Year’s Day or not black eyed peas are a tasty and healthy side dish. In this recipe they are cooked with ham, tomatoes and chilies for a spicy and filling side dish that is easy to make with staples from your pantry.
Beans are one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot. Whether it is Refried Beans, Black Beans or Black Eyed Peas a pressure cooker makes it quick and easy to cook beans. This recipe is ready in about an hour from start to finish.
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No Soaking Required
One of the best things about cooking black eyed peas in the Instant Pot is that you don’t need to pre-soak the dried black eyed peas. The high pressure of the Instant Pot means you will get soft and tender beans even without soaking.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Traditionally black eyed peas are cooked with pork to add flavor. For this recipe I used a ham hock. If you are making black eyed peas for New Year’s and you have a leftover ham bone from Christmas dinner you could substitute that.
I use tomatoes with added chili peppers in this recipe to make the final dish a little bit spicy. I think black eyed peas are a bit bland without something to spice them up, but you could use regular diced tomatoes if your family doesn’t like spicy foods!
How to Cook Black Eyed peas in Instant Pot
This is a super simple recipe, which makes it a great one to try if you are new to pressure cooking. It is a simple dump and go recipe.
1. Fill the Instant Pot
Put the black eyed peas in the Instant Pot and add the chicken broth and salt and pepper. Stir them together and then add the ham hock, celery, and two cans of tomatoes.
When I make Instant Pot dishes with tomatoes I prefer not to stir the tomatoes in, but to let them sit on top of all the other ingredients. This decreases the chances of getting a Burn error on the Instant Pot.
In this recipe it is unlikely you would get a Burn error since nothing was sauteed. But I still don’t stir the tomatoes in just because that is how I always do it!
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2. Pressure Cook the Black Eyed Peas
Put the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure that the sealing ring is in place and that the pressure valve is closed. Set the Instant Pot on Manual, high pressure, for 30 minutes.
Cooking the black eyed peas for 30 minutes will result in soft, tender beans. If you prefer your black eyed peas to be more firm then you should decrease the cooking time to 25 minutes.
It will take 10 minutes or so for the Instant Pot to reach pressure.
3. Let the Pressure Release Naturally
Once the Instant Pot has finished let the pressure release naturally for about 15 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure.
4. Serve the Black Eyed Peas
Remove the ham bone from the Instant Pot. Then stir the ingredients and serve.
How to Serve Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
These black eyed peas will be a little bit soupy after cooking. You can drain some of the excess liquid before serving if you prefer. I usually just use a slotted spoon to serve them and don’t bother draining them.
This recipe makes a delicious side dish to serve with a New Year’s ham. The subtle spicy flavor makes it perfect for pairing with Mango Jalapeno Ham Glaze.
- 16 ounce dried black eyed peas
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ham hock
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 10 ounce diced tomatoes with jalapenos
- 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes with green chilies
- Add black eyed peas, chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste to Instant Pot. Stir.
- Add the ham hock, chopped celery and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Don't stir.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the seal is in place and the pressure valve is sealed. Set on Manual, high pressure for 30 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure.
- When cooking is complete let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure.
- Remove any ham bones from the Instant Pot. Stir and serve.
You can substitute diced tomatoes without chilies if you prefer less spicy food.
This makes black eyed peas which are soft and tender. If you like your black eyed peas to be firmer reduce the cooking time to 25 minutes.
If the final dish is too soupy for you drain it or just serve with a slotted spoon.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 512mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
Nutrition facts are estimates.