Instant Pot Yellow Split Peas (Fast, Tender, No Soaking!)

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Spoon and bowl of dry yellow split peas

With an Instant Pot and less than 40 minutes, you can make perfectly cooked yellow split peas every time! Let us show you how.

Pouring water over dry yellow split peas

Instant Pot Split Peas

If you want to cook split peas in a fraction of the time without standing over a hot stove, you’re in the right place!

  • Ratio = 1 part split peas : 3 parts water (or broth)
  • Cook Time = 15 minutes
  • Release = 15 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

Cooking yellow split peas this way results in a soupy consistency. It’s a perfect canvas for adding your favorite seasonings, such as onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, and pepper.

Instant Pot with cooked yellow split peas and seasonings
Puréeing yellow split peas to make soup

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 yellow split pea soup

Instant Pot Yellow Split Peas (Fast, Tender, No Soaking!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT cooked yellow split peas! Plus, a versatile template for creating split pea soup or stew.
Author Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 4 (~2/3-cup servings)
Course Helpful How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


ADD-INS optional

  • Chopped onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced fresh ginger
  • Ground turmeric
  • Sea salt & black pepper


  • OPTIONAL: if using flavor add-ins, sauté onion, ginger, and garlic in a little oil or water until tender and lightly browned.
  • Add split peas and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Optionally, add turmeric, sea salt, and/or black pepper. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes (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. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
  • Best when fresh. 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.


*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 two-third-cup serving Calories: 154 Carbohydrates: 27.6 g Protein: 10.9 g Fat: 0.5 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.22 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.11 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 3 mg Potassium: 130 mg Fiber: 13.9 g Sugar: 0.9 g Vitamin A: 9.16 IU Vitamin C: 0.52 mg Calcium: 18.32 mg Iron: 1.69 mg

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