These Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas are so tender and flavorful you would think they were slow-cooked for hours. Black eyed peas are added to sauteed onions, bell peppers, smoked turkey and spices then pressure cooked until soft and tender. They’re perfect as a side dish, to eat over rice or with cornbread!
Black Eyed Peas are considered a staple recipe for New Years Day, but this delicious and super flavorful recipe is perfect for Sunday dinners, Thanksgiving or any occasion. This recipe comes together quickly thanks to the Instant Pot. No need to soak your peas overnight. The pressure cooker does all the work for you. Once it's done the smoked turkey is falling off the bone and adds a ton of flavor to these black eyed peas!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easily cook soft, tender & flavorful black eyed peas in just an hour in your Instant Pot.
- No need to soak the peas overnight when using a pressure cooker.
- Perfect for Sunday dinners, holidays and of course New Years Day.
Ingredients Needed For Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas - 1 pound bag of uncooked black eyed peas.
Smoked Turkey wings or leg - I prefer smoked turkey wings as they fit a little easier in a 6qt Instant Pot.
Onion, Bell Pepper and Garlic
Water + Chicken Broth - chicken broth will help cook the peas and add extra flavor at the same time.
Seasoning - a combination of salt, garlic & onion powder and lemon pepper. The lemon pepper helps bring out the flavor of everything. This is a secret ingredient that my mom shared with me years ago. It instantly made the recipe better!
How To Make Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Full instructions are included in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview. The Instant Pot makes everything super simple!
Step One: Thoroughly rinse your black eyed peas in a colander to remove any dirt, debris or bad peas that may have fallen into the bag. This step is very important.
Step Two: Saute your onion, bell pepper and garlic on the saute mode in the Instant Pot. Next add the smoked turkey wings or leg to the Instant Pot.
Step Three: Add your rinsed peas to the Instant Pot then add the rest of the ingredients including the seasoning, broth and water.
Step Four: Seal the Instant Pot and pressure cook. Once done, allow Instant Pot to do a natural pressure release. Remove the lid. Take a couple of spoonfuls of the cooked black eyed peas and mash them in a separate bowl. Return the mashed peas to the instant pot and stir. This will help thicken the black eyed peas slightly. Pull apart some of the smoked turkey to eat with the peas. Enjoy!
Do I Need To Soak Black Eyed Peas?
Nope. When using the Instant Pot you don’t need to soak your black eyed peas. You can skip this step! But make sure you still give them a good rinse in your sink before adding them to your Instant Pot so you can remove any dirt or debris.
Can You Cook Black Eyed Peas On The Stovetop?
Sure you can. For this method you WILL need to soak your black eyed peas in a bowl of water in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight) prior to cooking. This way the peas can soften a bit. You can skip the soaking when using the Instant Pot.
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