Easy Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

This easy Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas recipe is super rich & flavorful, with smokey bacon, pimento, & spices that give the tender peas a kick!

bowl of black eyed peas in front of an instant pot on a black counter.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

If you're a southerner, in a couple of weeks, you're going to need an easy recipe for black eyed peas. Don't use the canned stuff - make this super simple, amazingly flavorful recipe instead!

There's no need to soak the black-eyed peas here. They're a really easy bean to cook in the pressure cooker and, when you add a couple of staple ingredients, they're rich and spicy with a really smokey flavor that is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients & Variations

ingredients for instant pot black eyed peas.

(See recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient measurements.)

  • bacon
  • ham
  • jarred diced pimento
  • onion
  • garlic
  • dry black-eyed peas
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • bay leaves
  • smoked paprika
  • chicken stock or chicken broth
  • tomato paste

Variations

  • Make this a vegan and vegetarian dish by leaving out the ham & bacon and using vegetable broth instead of chicken stock.
  • I didn't include a ham hock in the recipe because they can be intimidating and hard to find, and I wanted to make this one easy. However, if you have one on hand, throw it in with the peas - it will give your black-eyed peas a ton of flavor!

Want more simple, delicious side dishes? You'll love this recipe for Baked Okra or these Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes!

How to Make Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Step 1: Cook bacon and ham.

ham and bacon cooking in an instant pot.

Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode. Once hot, add chopped bacon and diced ham.

Cook bacon and ham for 8-10 minutes, until some of the bacon fat is rendered. Turn off the heat and remove all but about 2 tablespoons of fat from the pot.

Cooking Tip

If you have browned bits starting to stick to the bottom of the pot, pour a splash of chicken broth into the pan and scrape up the bits with a wooden spoon. The pot won't pressure cook with food stuck to the bottom of the pan. Plus, those yummy browned bits will give your black-eyed peas a ton of smokey flavor.

Step 2: Add onion and pimento.

adding onion and pimento to meat mixture in instant pot.

Add diced onion and pimento to the pot. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the onion starts to turn translucent.

Step 3: Add Remaining Ingredients and pressure cook.

remaining ingredients added to the instant pot.

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot; stir well. Lock on the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual, high pressure, 10 minutes.

Once the cook cycle is over, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure and stir the peas.

Cooking Ratio

Even if you don't use this specific recipe, just remember to use 1 cup of dried black-eyed peas to 3 cups of water or other liquid when cooking in a pressure cooker. You'll notice I used 2 cups in the recipe - when you add in the liquid from the onion, pimento, and garlic, I had to reduce it a little. If you're cooking just peas, go with 3 cups!

Leftovers & Storage

Store your black-eyed peas in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This dish is best enjoyed within 3-4 days of cooking the peas. When you're ready to eat the leftovers, microwave for about 30 seconds per serving or reheat the entire portion of leftovers on the stove top over medium-low heat.

Can I freeze black-eyed peas?

Yes, this freezes well! Simply store in a freezer bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw the peas in the fridge when you're ready to enjoy them.

Pair this dish with my French Onion Chicken and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans for a great weeknight meal!

bowl of black eyed peas with a towel and spoons.

More Expert Tips & Tricks

  • I do recommend giving your dried peas a quick rinse before adding to the Instant Pot; make sure there is no dirt!
  • This is a delicious dish when served over rice. It also goes well with cornbread or collard greens - the traditional New Year's Day meal!
  • If your black-eyed peas leftovers get a little thick, you can always add a few tablespoons of water or chicken stock when reheating.
  • You can double this recipe and freeze an extra batch for later.

Have a fantastic New Year - I hope this black-eyed peas recipe brings you a little bit of luck! If you make it, I'd love to hear what you think. Leave a ⭐️ rating or comment below, or tag me 📸 on social media (@lambertslately).

xo, Leslie - signature at the end of blog post.
bowl of black eyed peas in front of an instant pot on a black counter.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

This quick & easy Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas recipe is super rich & flavorful, with smokey bacon, pimento, & spices that give the tender peas a kick!
5 from 22 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 213 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Once hot, add chopped bacon and diced ham.
  • Cook bacon and ham for 8-10 minutes, until some of the bacon fat is rendered. Turn off the heat and remove all but about 2 tablespoons of fat from the pot.
  • Add diced onion and pimento to the pot. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until onion starts to turn translucent.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pot; stir well. Lock on the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual, high pressure, 10 minutes.
  • Once the cook cycle is over, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Manually release the remaining pressure and stir the peas.

Notes

    • I do recommend giving your dried peas a quick rinse before adding to the Instant Pot; make sure there is no dirt!
    • This is a delicious dish when served over rice. It also goes well with cornbread or collard greens - the traditional New Year's Day meal!
    • If your black-eyed peas leftovers get a little thick, you can always add a few tablespoons of water or chicken stock when reheating.
    • Even if you don't use this specific recipe, just remember to use 1 cup of dried black-eyed peas to 3 cups of water or other liquid when cooking in a pressure cooker. You'll notice I used 2 cups in the recipe - when you add in the liquid from the onion, pimento, and garlic, I had to reduce it a little. If you're cooking just peas, go with 3 cups!
    • You can double this recipe and freeze an extra batch for later!
    • If you have browned bits starting to stick to the bottom of the pot, pour a splash of chicken broth into the pan and scrape up the bits with a wooden spoon. The pot won't pressure cook with food stuck to the bottom of the pan. Plus, those yummy browned bits will give your black-eyed peas a ton of smokey flavor.
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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 652mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 2mg
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2 Comments

  1. Do you have to use the instant pot? Can you use a crockpot and adjust the time? I like the flavor combo used in the recipe but don't own a pressure cooker.

    1. Leslie Lambert says:

      You definitely can! You'll need to saute your bacon, ham, onion, and pimento on the stovetop before adding to the Crock Pot. After you add those, add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Hope you love it!