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Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

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Experience the essence of Southern comfort with our quick and easy Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas recipe. Packed with simple yet flavorful ingredients, this hearty dish promises a delicious taste and the best black eyed peas recipe around.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful Harmony: A blend of savory and smoky notes from andouille sausage, ham, and aromatic herbs creates a taste sensation.
  • Effortless Preparation: With the convenience of the Instant Pot, this dish requires minimal hands-on time for a maximum flavor payoff.
  • Versatile Comfort: Perfectly cooked black-eyed peas in a rich broth make this dish a comforting and versatile addition to your menu.
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Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need for this black eyed pea recipe.

  • Dry Black-Eyed Peas: Nutrient-rich peas for creamy texture and earthy flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Rich base, enhancing overall flavor.
  • Onion, Diced: Sweet and savory depth to the dish.
  • Andouille Sausage: Robust, smoky flavor from sliced and halved smoked sausage.
  • Garlic, Minced: Bold, aromatic essence enhancing savory notes.
  • Ham, Diced: Savory, salty element complementing other proteins.
  • Chicken Broth: Liquid base for depth and well-cooked consistency.
  • Bay Leaves: Enhance aroma with subtle herbal notes.
  • Dried Thyme Leaves: Warm, earthy flavor complementing other herbs.
  • Diced Tomatoes with Chiles: Zesty kick and depth of flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste, seasoning for flavor enhancement.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR Instant Pot black Eyed Peas

How To Cook Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas?

Step One: Heat Pressure Cooker

Using the saute mode, heat the electric pressure cooker until it’s “hot.”

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Step Two: Saute Sausage And Onion

Add the olive oil, sausage, and onion. Saute until the onion is softened and the sausage is browned, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in garlic.

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Step Three: Deglaze The Pot

To the electric pressure cooker, add the chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove any cooked-on bits. This is called deglazing.

Step Four: Add Remaining Ingredients

Cancel the saute mode. Stir in the dry black eyed peas, bay leaves, thyme, and ham. Season with salt. Pour the tomatoes with chiles on top and do not stir.

Step Five: Pressure Cook

Place the lid on the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Set the pressure cooker to “manual” or “pressure cook” for 20 minutes.

Step Six: Release Pressure

Naturally release for 15 minutes when the cook cycle is complete and then quick release the remaining pressure.

Step Seven: Finalize And Serve

Remove the bay leaves and stir the peas before serving.

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Variations

Explore these enticing variations for your spicy black-eyed peas:

  • Vegetarian Twist: Omit the meat and enhance the flavor with smoked paprika and vegetable broth for a hearty vegetarian version.
  • Creole Flair: Add diced bell peppers, celery, and Cajun seasoning for a Creole-inspired kick.
  • Smoky Chipotle Heat: Include chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for a smoky and fiery flavor profile.

Substitutions

  • Chicken Stock: Feel free to switch out the chicken broth for chicken stock. It will still have the same flavor profile.
  • Ham: You can switch the ham for bacon, simply saute the bacon beforehand with the sausage.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: If you have leftovers after cooking black eyed peas, refrigerate them in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze spicy black eyed peas for 2-3 months. Label the container with the freezing date and preserve the spicy goodness of the dish.
  • Reheating: Thaw your frozen black eyed peas in the refrigerator, then gently reheat on the stovetop over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure the sausage and peas are heated through.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Cornbread: Classic cornbread is a perfect accompaniment, providing a slightly sweet and crumbly contrast to the spicy black-eyed peas.
  •  Rice: Serve the spicy black-eyed peas over a fluffy white or brown rice bed to soak up the flavorful broth.
  •  Collard Greens: Sautéed or braised collard greens add a nutritious and earthy element, balancing the heat of the peas.
  •  Fried Okra: Crispy fried okra brings a delightful crunch and complements the Southern-inspired flavors of the dish.
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FAQ’S

Do You Need To Soak Black Eyed Peas?

Black eyed peas can be soaked before cooking. Soaking black eyed peas helps to reduce cooking times as it rehydrates the peas prior to cooking. If using soaked peas, be sure to soak for 3-4 hours.

Then cook the prepared black eyed peas for half the time 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes.

Are Black Eyed Peas Good for You?

As with all legumes, black-eyed peas are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Black eyed peas are very nutritious and high in folate, manganese and vitamin A. One cup of black eyed peas has zero fat and is only 160 calories. Eating black eyed peas is a healthy option for sure.

Can I Use Canned Black Eyed Peas?

Yes, you can use the canned version in this recipe. However, if you have the time, I recommend using dried as they will give the dish a better flavor.

Are Black Eyed Peas Actually Peas?

No, black eyed peas are actually beans. 

Can I Cook Black Eyed Peas Without The Meat?

Yes, you can cooked the dried black eyed peas without the meat. Cooking times will remain the same, 10 minutes for soaked beans and 20 minutes for dried beans. This will ensure the tender black eyed peas cook just right.

Black Eyed Peas With sausage

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe is good alternative if you are looking for a healthy and yet tasty meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups andouille sausage, sliced and halved (or other smoked sausage)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups ham, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Using the "Sauté" mode, heat the electric pressure cooker until “hot.” Add the olive oil, sausage, and onion. Sauté until the onion is softened and the sausage is browned, about 5 to 6  minutes. Stir in garlic.
  2. To the electric pressure cooker, add the chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove any cooked on bits. This is called deglazing.
  3. Cancel the sauté mode. Stir in the salt, peas, bay leaves, thyme, and ham. Pour the tomatoes with chiles on top and do not stir.
  4. Place the lid on the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Set the pressure cooker to “manual” or “pressure cook” for 20 minutes.
  5. Naturally release for 15 minutes when the cook cycle is complete and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  6. Remove the bay leaves and stir the peas before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 874Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 3538mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 55g

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14 Comments

  1. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had black eyed peas before. I need to try this. I do love spicy things!

  2. My Aunt HAS to eat black eyed peas on news years every year for good luck, I’ll have to pass along this recipe for her to try!

  3. I actually don’t know If I could buy black beans here in Philippines. It sounds delicious, though

  4. What a heavenly dish. I love peas and I love sausage so this is a combination of my most favorite things.

  5. This sounds like a good combination of flavors. I don’t eat a lot of beans and would like to try this.

  6. Wow, I haven’t tried adding sausage with any of my black eyed peas dishes but it looks like we’ll love it as well !

  7. Omg yes! I’m saving this right now!! I never thought about adding sausages to my black eyed peas, this sounds like a game changer

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