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
Pouring water into an Instant Pot of yellow split peas
5 from 3 votes
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

Reader Interactions


  1. Alyssa says

    I’m accustomed to soaking my lentils. If I were to soak them overnight-how long should I cook them in the instant pot for?

  2. Deanna Taus says

    Hi i have been graced with more yellow split peas than I know what to do with. I’m now familiar with the Swedish soup and now this recipe – what else can I do with them? That soup I mention is ok – but a bit bland no matter what I add to it. Have not tried this yet. Are they like lentils? Can i use them in place of red, green or brown lentils in recipes? Thx in advance.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Deanna, you can add them to soups and make dal. We don’t find they retain as much texture as lentils when fully cooked. We have a yellow split pea soup recipe coming soon!

    • Yoyo_Lon says

      Hello Deanna,

      You can make the Greek dish Fava Sandorinia/Sandorinis (split peas puree/mash), where yellow split peas are simmered until you get a soft puree like consistency.

      Sauté some chopped onions in extra virgin olive oil, add the yellow split peas, pinch of salt and water. Cook split peas until they’re very soft, then puree or mash the peas. Stir in juice of 1 lemon, some chopped parsley, and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve topped with raw or fried chopped onions and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Eat with bread or as a dip for vegetable crudités.

      Not sure if it’s ok to post link to another site’s recipe here, but you can do a web search for recipes to know the ingredients quantities to use.

        • Yoyo_Lon says

          You’re welcome. :)

          You can also make Indian Parippu Vada (felalfel type fritters) with yellow split peas. Parippu Vadas are deep fried spicy fritters (similar to felafels) made by blending pre-soaked yellow split peas, split chickpeas, or lentils and mixing with spices, coriander/chillies before shaping and frying. You can also oven-bake them instead of deep-frying. Lots of recipes online for different types of lentils/peas.

          Another way to use yellow split peas is to make tortillas/flatbread by making a batter by blending pre-soaked peas with water and salt the batter to taste, the dry-fry the batter in non-stick skillet/frying-pan like you would when making dosas or pancakes. There’s a recipe by Camilla’s on her Powerhungry blogsite which shows the quanties to use.

          Hope you find other ways to use up your batch of yellow split peas.

  3. Steve says

    A great English dish severed with boiled gammon. Made today used bacon stock I know this site is vegetarian and vegan but it was great.
    Thank you and I will be trying some of your other delicious recipes as we mix our diet.

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