While traditional methods of cooking black-eyed peas can be time-consuming, using an Instant Pot can significantly reduce the cooking time without compromising on flavor or texture. In this article, I will guide you through an easy and delicious recipe on how to cook black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot. With this method, you can achieve tender and flavorful black-eyed peas in a fraction of the time.

1. How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas in an Instant Pot


  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: herbs, spices, or seasonings of your choice


Rinse and Soak the Black-Eyed Peas

Start by rinsing the dried black-eyed peas under cold water in a colander to remove any debris.

Transfer the peas to a bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight. Soaking helps to reduce the cooking time and improves the texture of the peas.

Sauté the Aromatics

Turn on the Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function. Next, add a drizzle of oil to the Instant Pot inner pot and allow it to heat up. Then add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until the onion turns translucent, stirring occasionally.

Add Black-Eyed Peas and Liquid

Drain the soaked black-eyed peas and add them to the Instant Pot. Pour in 3 cups of water or vegetable broth to the pot.

Add the bay leaf and any additional herbs, spices, or seasonings of your choice to enhance the flavor. Popular options include smoked paprika, cumin, thyme, or a dash of hot sauce.

Pressure Cook the Black-Eyed Peas

Close the Instant Pot lid and ensure the pressure release valve is in the sealing position.
Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” function and set the cooking time to 12 minutes on high pressure.

The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure before the cooking time begins.

Natural Pressure Release (NPR)

After the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. This helps the black-eyed peas continue cooking and allows the flavors to meld.

After the natural pressure release, carefully turn the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.

Adjust Seasoning and Serve

Once the pressure has fully released, carefully open the Instant Pot lid. Taste the black-eyed peas and adjust the seasoning, adding salt if needed.

Serve the tender and flavorful black-eyed peas as a side dish, or incorporate them into soups, stews, salads, or other recipes.

Cooking black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot is a time-saving and hassle-free method that yields tender and flavorful results. By following the simple recipe outlined above, you can enjoy the versatility of black-eyed peas in various dishes, from soups and stews to salads and side dishes.

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