Split peas are a versatile and nutritious legume that can be used in many dishes. They are not only packed with protein and fiber, but they also add a rich, earthy flavor to soups, stews, and salads. In this article, I will instruct you how to cook split peas in 2 different ways
1. Do Split Peas Need To Be Soaked Before Cooking?
One of the most common questions when it comes to cooking split peas is whether or not they need to be soaked. Unlike some other legumes, split peas do not require soaking before cooking. This makes them a convenient option for busy cooks or those who prefer a quicker meal preparation.
2. How To Cook Split Peas
2.1. Stovetop Method
Before cooking, thoroughly rinse the split peas under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
Place peas and cooking liquid (water, broth, or seasonings) in a pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover pot with lid ajar, and simmer. Cook time is usually 40 – 45 minutes.
Stir peas occasionally to prevent sticking on bottom of pot. Add more cooking liquid as needed if evaporating.
Peas are done when soft and mushy. Drain any excess liquid before using peas.
For creamier split pea soup, use an immersion blender to puree a portion of the peas.
2.2. Pressure Cooker Method
Begin by rinsing the split peas in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water.
Place the rinsed split peas in the pressure cooker and add your choice of liquid (water or broth).
Close the lid of the pressure cooker and set it to high pressure. Cook for around 10-15 minutes. If you soaked the split peas, reduce the cooking time accordingly.
After cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally or use the quick release method, following your pressure cooker’s instructions.
Open the pressure cooker and season the split peas to your liking. They are now ready to be served.
3. What To Do With Cooked Split Peas?
Once you’ve mastered the simple process for cooking split peas, there are many delicious ways you can use them. Here are some ideas:
Make a split pea soup. Saute aromatic veggies like onion, celery and carrots. Add broth and cooked split peas and season with thyme, salt and pepper. Blend half the soup for a creamy texture.
Toss with salad greens, quinoa or rice for a protein-rich side dish. Chill the split peas first for a refreshing room temperature or cold salad.
Mash or puree with olive oil, lemon juice and tahini for a creamy split pea dip or spread for sandwiches.
Add to your favorite burger or meatloaf recipe. The cooked split peas will bind the ingredients together.
Whirl in the blender with herbs and broth for fresh split pea hummus or dip.
Make split pea patties by combining cooked split peas with eggs, breadcrumbs, onion and spices. Pan fry for veggie burgers.
Cooking split peas is a simple process that yields delicious and nutritious results. I hope that after reading this article, you know how to cook split peas perfectly at home.