Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas + VIDEO

{No Soak} Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas cook up quickly with the help of your pressure cooker. Serve this traditional side dish on New Year’s for good luck!

I’ve really embraced the Instant Pot for making beans at home with no soaking. I’ve made Instant Pot Chickpeas and Instant Pot Refried Beans with great success, so I couldn’t wait to try my hand at Black Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot.

Cooking dry beans at home is a great way to save money. I also find that they have much more flavor, since you can flavor them right from the beginning. Plus, it’s so easy! In less than an hour, you’ll have tender, flavorful beans.

It’s a long standing tradition in the south that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that I like to flavor my black eyed peas in the style of the south – with bacon, smoked sausage and creole seasoning.

Typically, black eyed peas are served alongside collard greens. But I took a shortcut and cooked them all together in one dish. I love the texture and flavor that the collard greens provide to the dish, and they become so perfectly seasoned when they cook up with the bacon and smoked sausage.

Bowl of black eyed peas in white bowl on wooden table next to bowl of rice.

How to Cook Black Eyed Peas in Instant Pot

  • Saute bacon and smoked sausage using the SAUTE feature.
  • Add in onion, jalapeno, garlic, and celery.
  • Add broth, peas and collard greens and set pot to seal.
  • Cook on HIGH pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Season & enjoy!

How Long to Cook Dried Black Eyed Peas: 

  • Black eyed peas take about 30 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker. If you would like your beans a bit more firm, try cooking for only 25 minutes.

How to Season Black Eyed Peas: 

  • When the black eyed peas are done cooking, I like to season them with creole seasoning and additional salt. Because different brands of chicken broth, and different brands of creole seasoning can vary quite a bit in saltiness, I like to start with a small amount of seasoning and adjust from there.

How to Serve Black Eyed Peas: 

  • You can serve these black eyed peas over rice (as a Hoppin’ John), with cornbread or as a side dish to accompany other meats.

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Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Bowl of black eyed peas in white bowl on wooden table next to bowl of rice.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

{No Soak} Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas cook up quickly with the help of your pressure cooker. Serve this traditional side dish on New Year's for good luck!
4.45 from 29 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build & Release: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas
  • 4 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 1 cup smoked sausage (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Jalapeno (seeded and minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups bone broth or chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped collard greens
  • 2-3 teaspoons creole seasoning
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Rice (to serve)


  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTE. Once hot, add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onion, celery, garlic, jalapeno, thyme, bay leaf and saute 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Add broth and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in black eyed peas and collard greens.
  • Cover and seal the lid – turn the vent to sealing. Hit CANCEL then press the MANUAL (high pressure button and set the timer for 30 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  • Once the 30 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the bay leaf. Taste and season with creole seasoning and salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with rice.
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Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1294mg | Potassium: 1192mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 8mg

25 thoughts on “Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas + VIDEO”

    • My husband got fresh black eyed peas instead of dried. Can I still use the Instant pot to make this recipe or should I just make it in a pot on the stove?

      • Hi Kate! Unfortunately I’ve never worked with fresh black eyed peas, but from what I’m reading, they still take a bit of time to cook. I think this recipe will work the same for the fresh ones, but I don’t know for sure. I would give it a try!

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! As a southerner who’s eaten good soul food but never cooked it, I am always a bit skeptical of these recipes. This delivered above and beyond and the Instant Pot makes it very easy. Thank you!

  2. Erin,

    Thanks for the recipe you provided. I only needed to cook the black eyed peas and didn’t know how long to cook them in our Instant Pot. I cooked everything else on the side (bacon, sausage, kale, onion, leeks, garlic). For the stock I cooked ham/smoked pork bones for 24 hours on the stove. Lot of work but it came out great! I think I have enough to feed a small Army but that is okay-sharing is caring, right?


  3. 5 stars
    First time I have cooked black eyed peas in my instant pot. I tried this recipe today and loved it. The seasonings were great. My husband said he loved the flavors. Awesome instant pot black eyed peas. I will use this recipe more than just on New Years Day now.

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I used andouille sausage and thick-sliced bacon, and didn’t really need the creole seasoning… just pepper. (My SO used hot sauce.) Served it over rice—delicious! Now my tummy is full and I’m hoping for a prosperous new year. 🙂 Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    These are delicious!!! I didn’t even have all the ingredients and used what I had and they still had awesome flavor and lots of it!!! A definite win and will be making often. Thank you so much!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it blew our minds! I didn’t have collared greens on hand so I stirred in chopped kale after cooking, and I didn’t have to add any seasonings aside from a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The broth was incredible, the peas were tender and flavorful, and the dish paired perfectly with brown rice. Can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!

  7. I didn’t see anywhere what size pot this recipe is for. I’m guessing 6 quart? I’m looking to scale it down for a 2 quart.

  8. I hate to cook partially because I just don’t understand how but I want to do better in 2021. I saw your recipe, found an Instapot on sale and grabbed the ingredients. It came out amazing!! With your website and my new gadget I will be wowing my family in no time!

  9. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I subbed red pepper flakes for the jalapeño, and kale for collards (after cooking in IP). 4th of July side success… this is a keeper. 👍🏼


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