Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Fast, Perfect, No Soaking!)

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Bowl of black eyed peas

With an Instant Pot and about 30 minutes, you can make perfectly cooked black eyed peas every time! Let us show you how.

Bowl and spoon of dry black eyed peas

About Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed peas have been grown in China and India since pre-historic times. By 1674, they were introduced in the US by enslaved individuals and became an important staple in the South. Since then, eating black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day has become a cultural tradition that symbolizes good luck. (source)

Pouring water into an Instant Pot of black eyed peas

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

The Instant Pot is our preferred method for cooking black eyed peas because it’s quick, easy, and yields perfectly tender beans!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ratio = 1 part black eyed peas : 3 parts water
  • Cook Time = 8-10 minutes
  • Release = 15 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

Black eyed peas are delicious in soups and stews, and also go well alongside greensricemashed potatoes, and/or roasted squash

Stirring cooked black eyed peas in the Instant Pot

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!

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Bowl of black eyed peas cooked in the Instant Pot

*Note: recipe updated 1/28/22 to address reader issues with black eyed peas being too soft. If using older beans, note that they may take longer than 8-10 minutes to cook.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Fast, Perfect, No Soaking!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT black eyed peas in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and an Instant Pot required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowl of black eyed peas made in the Instant Pot
3.81 from 21 votes
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 (~2/3-cup servings)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add black eyed peas and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 8-10 minutes (8 minutes for more firm, 10 for more tender // it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. The beans should be tender and perfectly cooked, but if they're not that's usually caused by having old beans or hard water – you can seal the lid again and pressure cook on high for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until they're tender.
  • Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped and strain off any excess cooking liquid.
  • Enjoy immediately in soups or stews, with greens, rice, mashed potatoes, and/or roasted squash. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop, adding a little water as needed to prevent sticking.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 2/3-cup serving Calories: 121 Carbohydrates: 21.4 g Protein: 8 g Fat: 1.3 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 34 mg Potassium: 281 mg Fiber: 5.4 g Sugar: 1.3 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 26.8 mg Iron: 2.41 mg

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  1. Tee says

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. I am going to try it over the weekend. However, what do you mean by naturally releasing the pressure?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tee! Naturally releasing the pressure just means you let the instant pot sit, not touching any buttons or valves, and “depressurize” on its own for the required time. Eventually it would depressurize on its own, but we like to release remaining pressure manually to speed up the process. Hope this helps!

      • Katy says

        I made these and cooked in the instant pot for 9 minutes ( a compromise between 8 and 10 minutes).I did the release just as you suggested.. My black eyed peas turned out too soft, so next time I’ll try 8 minutes. I plan on freezing them in individual servings to throw in salads, smoothies, and eat with rice, etc.

  2. Sergeant Granny says

    My toddler grandson loves all types of beans. His favorite is black-eyed peas. I saw your recipe and thought I’d give it a shot. Very pleased that I did. He can’t get enough of these beans. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. Pamela says

    Excellent!! A few things I did different was sauté 4 strips of bacon in a drizzle of olive oil till cooked…then used chicken broth instead of water for more flavor. Could add onion or jalapeño as an option.
    I did use a whole pound of peas so I added 6.5 cups of liquid. Added 5 more min to cooking time It was perfectly tender and delish! Will make again!!

  4. Debbie says

    I cooked a pound in 6.5 cups of water for only 5 minutes and they were just right. I think that 15 minutes would be way to long.

  5. Liz says

    I used chicken broth instead of water. I also added chopped ham, onion, pepper and parsley. It was amazing – sooo delish!

    • Eric says

      I recently noticed that the ‘cook time’ for the beans is very similar to instant pot recipes for brown rice. I followed this recipe and added a 1:1 ratio of brown rice & stock and let it totally release naturally. The result was a perfect mix of beans and rice that I will definitely be making again.

  6. Kristie says

    I just made this with BEPs that have been in my cabinet for literally YEARS… was reading the comments section while they were in the IP so I quickly reduced the cook time to 7 minutes, and let them natural release for 10 before I opened the pot, and they seem just about perfect!

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Kristie, we’ve retested the recipe with new beans and updated the cook time. Hope that’s helpful if you decide to give it another try!

  7. Red says

    I used dry beans and put in in for high for 15 minutes and it was perfect. First I sautéd an onion and bell pepper and celery. then i put the beans and water in along with some left over honey baked ham. Then garlic powder, cumin, coriander and allspice. And a bay leaf.
    I can’t rate the recipe itself since mine was different but i found your pressure cook time to be close to what i needed.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yumm – sounds so delish! So glad the cook time was helpful. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  8. Heather says

    Sorry to say but this did not work for me. I did a pound of dried beans in 7 cups water, unrinsed for 15 minutes and they are falling apart. I will make it work for the final recipe I am doing, but just wanted to give feedback so that others know they might have issues with this method if you are looking to just get them to a cooked/out of the can kind of texture. I wasn’t expecting them to be this mushy :(

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Heather, thank you for sharing your experience and so sorry to hear the black eyed peas were mushy. We have it on our list to do some troubleshooting on this recipe to figure out why some readers are having this issue.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Heather, thanks again for your feedback! Just wanted to let you know that we’ve retested with new beans and updated the recipe. Hope that’s helpful if you decide to try it again!

  9. Caroline Fry says

    Followed instructions to a t and they turned to mush. Should have read the comments first, as it seems like many people are having this problem. Next time would try 5 minutes cook max.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Caroline, we’re so sorry that was your experience! Were you using dry beans or fresh/soaked?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dan, sorry to hear that was your experience. Were you using dry beans or fresh? We’ll give the recipe another look and see if we can figure out the issue.

      • Christopher says

        12/10 worked perfect. Cooked 1/2 lb of beans and 3 c of chicken stock. Onions, peppers, jalapeño, celery, and green pepper. Paprika, Cumin, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Perfect

          • AbbyDove says

            I tried 7 minutes with my dried black eyed peas, turned my instant pot off (so it wouldn’t try to keep them at temp) and used the recommended 15 min natural release. They were completely mushy, really a bummer. I think the 5 minute person is right, but release the pressure immediately. I think it would be a good idea to change the recipe to reflect this.

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Thank you for sharing your experience! We’re not sure what’s causing them to cook in less time for some people. We did several retests recently and updated the recipe. We found that any less than 8 minutes and the beans weren’t fully cooked. It’s a little puzzling!

  10. Christopher says

    Tried 15 and 15 with half lb of dries peas, sausage, and veg’s. Used 3 cups chicken stock instead of water. Delish but way too soft. Trying today with 10 and 10 to take to a friends house for dinner. Hope they are better this time.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Uh oh! Sorry these didn’t work out for you, Christopher. Thanks so much for your honest feedback! Let us know how round two goes!

  11. Anna says

    I read your directions a few times and watched the video a few times and noticed that your written instructions say 15-17 minutes on high, whereas your video shows your instant pot on low.
    Could that be the possible reason some people are saying theirs turned to mush???

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anna, thank you for your question! High pressure is correct here. But it does look like some readers are having issues with the cook time. Some reasons that legumes can cook faster would be if they are soaked, or perhaps if the ones we were using were older. We’ll give it another test and see if we can troubleshoot.

  12. Miss Leslie says

    I too cooked beans (no soaking) for 15 minutes and they are mush! Fortunately I bought two bags of beans. I’ll try again tomorrow at 12 minutes, in the hope that I can make Texas Caviar with them. These will never do.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! So sorry to hear these didn’t work for you, Leslie. Did you happen to make any modifications to the recipe? Did you use the natural release setting on the instant pot? Thanks so much for your honest feedback!

      • Miss Leslie says

        Even 12 minutes was too long — and I immediately released the steam. Glad to hear you are going to re-test your recipe. Sounds like 7 minutes is the way to go.

  13. Cindy says

    I just made these for New Year’s Day tomorrow. They are perfect! I sautéed bacon first and then added half chicken stock, half water. Seasoned with salt, pepper, a bit of oregano and a tablespoon of Cholula hot sauce before cooking. Set instapot for 13 minutes and let it vent naturally for about 15 minutes before quick venting. Could have eaten them all now. Not mushy at all. Just right. Cooking our collards tomorrow in the insta. They always are perfect.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yumm! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Cindy! So glad you enjoyed!

  14. Erika says

    I have a recipe called Black-Eyed Peas with Salsa that I have made off and on for many many years. The process for cooking the peas is over many hours. It has us cook 1 # of peas with 4 cloves of garlic, one bay leaf and lots of salt. Can that be incorporated into the Instapot process?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erika! If you use 6-7 cups of water in the instant pot it should be just right for a pound of beans (~double this recipe). You can include all your usual herbs and spices with the beans and water, and follow the recipe instructions as written. Let us know how it goes!

  15. Dale Parkinson says

    You saved my Black Eyed Peas!
    I invited some friends over from church who are from Mississippi for Black Eyed Peas and cornbread. I am a SoCal boy relocated to Alaska and a 40+ year stovetop pressure cooker user. I am new to the InstantPot. I looked up a recipe and it said 8 cups of liquid and 90 minutes for unsoaked BEPs!
    I thought that can’t be right. I found your recipe and besides having way too much cooking liquid (from the other recipe) and taking forever to come up to pressure, your recipe saved my ham hocks and Black Eyed Peas. THANK YOU!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad the recipe was helpful and you enjoyed it, Dale! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

      • Rob W. says

        I made this today and it came out perfect! If I wanted to double the beans to 2 cups and double the liquid, is it safe to assume to double to time from 17 minutes to 34 minutes?

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          The cook time should be the same! It will just take a bit longer to pressurize. Thanks, Rob!

    • Elizabeth says

      I pressure cooked for 10 min and natural released for 15. They were In my pantry a good 6 months or more. They are all broken and overly soft… not unsalvagable but next time I will do just 5 minutes cooking. I’m in Florida, sea level… maybe local atmospheric pressure makes a difference?

  16. Tisha says

    From a southerner (south Georgia) who has been eating black-eyed peas her entire life, NEVER drain peas! That’s where cornbread comes in handy. Just crumble up a piece of southern-style cornbread (not the sweet yellow stuff) and let it soak up those delicious juices!!!

    • Tammy Van Cleve says

      This recipe was a total fail for us. If you use the advised water to pea ratio, there is way too much liquid and the peas are complete mush. I questioned the amount of water when I put it in the pot but went ahead and did what the recipe called for. Next time I’ll go with my gut.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Tammy, so sorry to hear that was your experience! Were you using dry or fresh/soaked black eyed peas? There will be excess liquid with this recipe, but you can simply strain it off. We find that if you use less than the specified amount of liquid with dry beans, the ones at the top don’t cook fully.

    • Randi says

      I followed directions exactly and did for 15 minutes. They came out too soft. :(
      Will try again using less time.

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Let us know how it goes! It’s possible your beans were fresher than ours or maybe you prefer them more firm than we do?

          • Suzi says

            Sorry to be a pain, I prefer to soak the beans, what would you say is the difference in cooking time please ?

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Suzi, we haven’t tried that way, but perhaps 5 minutes? Let us know how it goes!

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            It doesn’t! It will just take longer to come to pressure and de-pressurize. Hope that helps!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Oh no! Sorry that happened, Tara! Depending on the freshness of the beans, hard/soft water, etc. there can be variation. Let us know how it goes next time.