Get Ready for the New Year with Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas!
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the first of the year is with the classic tradition of black eyed peas! This is a tradition that Cody grew up with, so over recent years we’ve started making them on January 1st. Personally, I love making them in the Instant Pot because it’s incredibly easy and results in hearty, soft, smoky black eyed peas that are just perfect. This is truly one of my favorite wholesome recipes not only for the new year, but also for these colder winter months ahead!
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The ingredients for this hearty and delicious recipe are simple and easy to find. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Black Eyed Peas
- Bacon – The bacon in this recipe gives it a smoky delicious flavor!
- Cabbage – You don’t HAVE to include cabbage, but personally I really think it takes this recipe to the next level. It’s delicious!
- Seasoning – Garlic, smoked paprika (so good!), chili powder, salt, and pepper make for the BEST seasoning that brings this recipe to life!
How to Make Black Eyed Peas in an Instant Pot
Here’s a quick overview for how to make black eyed peas in the Instant Pot (no-soak method):
- Cook the bacon using the sauté feature on the Instant Pot, set aside.
- Sauté the vegetables.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients.
- Pressure cook on high.
- Release pressure (naturally, then vent), stir, and enjoy!
TIP: Pair with your favorite cornbread recipe for the most delicious meal!
How Long to Cook Black Eyed Peas in an Instant Pot?
The cook time for black eyed peas in the Instant Pot is 30 minutes on high pressure, then 10 minutes for natural pressure release time!
Do You Need to Soak Black Eyed Peas before Cooking?
There’s no need to soak black eyed peas before cooking them in the pressure cooker. However, it is important to wash them beforehand!
How Much Water for Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas?
The ratio is 6 cups of liquid for every 1 pound of dry black eyed peas. The liquid can be water, broth, or a combination of both!
Can You Make This Recipe without Bacon (Vegetarian)?
Absolutely! While the bacon does add a delicious smoky flavor, you can always use a ham or bacon flavor base instead (this one is vegan).
Refrigerating/Freezing Black Eyed Peas
This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months!
To Refrigerate – Place in an airtight container and let cool. Then store in the refrigerator!
To Freeze – Place in an airtight container and let cool, then transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour before freezing.
More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love
- Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto
- The Best Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
- Instant Pot Carne Asada Tacos
- Easy Instant Pot Brown Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
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The BEST Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
- 12 ounces sliced bacon
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil)
- 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
- 2-3 medium carrots, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 2-3 medium celery ribs, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 1 pound black eyed peas
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 small cabbage head, chopped
- Turn on the "Sauté" feature on the Instant Pot to let it preheat.
- Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook sauté in the Instant Pot for about 5-7 minutes.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
- Set aside and remove most of the grease.
- Add in the oil, chopped onion, carrots, and celery.
- Turn the "Sauté" feature back on and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and add in the broth, water, and black eyed peas.
- Add in the garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
- Mix and add in the chopped cabbage.
- Mix one more time, then add the lid and set the Instant Pot valve to the "Sealing" position.
- Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, let it naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Set the valve to the "Venting" position to release any remaining pressure (until the valve drops).
- Remove the lid and stir.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Remember that the Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes or longer to preheat for this recipe.