Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas seasoned with the leftover Christmas ham bone is real good eatin’ for any New Year’s Day feast — and might even bring you good luck! In just 17 minutes, black-eyed peas cook up to a wonderfully soft texture in the instant pot. Plus, they don’t require any extra time to pre-soak the peas.
Using a leftover Christmas ham bone (or country-cured pork meat or ham hocks from the meat counter at your grocery) adds so much “cured ham” flavor to Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas you may not need any additional salt.
Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas
On New Year’s Day, we’ll be feasting on a traditional meal of black-eyed peas, a skillet of buttermilk cornbread, collard greens, and candied sweet potatoes. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
Sometimes, we eat black-eyed peas with chunks of ham Southern-style by dishing them into a bowl with Honey Skillet Cornbread or Mexican Cornbread Muffins. I bake and freeze cornbread muffins and then reheat them to eat with soups and stews all the time.
Hearty and comforting, a bowl of black-eyed peas chock full of ham bites and cornbread is not only delicious, it’s a meal in itself.
How long does it take to make black-eyed peas in a pressure cooker?
Cooking black-eyed peas in a pressure cooker makes them easy to serve any time — not just on New Year’s Day. The total time required is about 45 minutes. The black-eyed peas cook in 17 minutes, but it takes a few minutes for the pot to come up to pressure and then a few minutes to natural release the pressure once they are done.
What do you use to season black-eyed peas?
Season black-eyed peas by cooking them with a ham bone, a piece of country-cured pork side meat (or salted pork), or ham hocks. After cooking, add salt and pepper to taste. If you use a piece of country-cured pork, you may not even need to add salt.
How do you make vegetarian black-eyed peas?
Cook black-eyed peas in vegetable broth with garlic, diced onions, salt, and pepper.
Why do you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day?
Growing up, I was told I would enjoy “a day of good luck during the next year” for each black-eyed pea eaten for my New Year supper. I always thought my Mom was trying to trick me into eating black-eyed peas!
According to tradition, since black-eyed peas swell when cooked, they symbolize prosperity in the New Year. As for the rest of the meal, collard greens symbolize money, pork represents forward motion and cornbread represents gold.
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Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas Recipe
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- 1 lb. dried black-eyed peas
- 8 oz. ham hock (or left over ham bone)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 5 cups water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups ham (in large chunks)
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Place black-eyed in a colander and rinse with cool water to remove any debris. Remove any small rocks that may be in the beans.
- Add the peas to the pressure cooker along with the ham hock (or salted pork), onion, water, and apple cider vinegar.
- Lock the lid and make sure the vent is closed.
- Set to PRESSURE COOK for 17 minutes.
- When finished, allow the cooker to natural release — waiting to open the lid until after the float valve drops.
- Open the pressure cooker and remove the pork. Remove any meat from the bones and return to the pot (or stir in other ham chunks).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
Sheila Thigpen, author of The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. A Southern girl living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters, are active in their church, love to travel, and are over-the-moon excited about becoming grandparents last year. Follow Sheila on YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!