Whether you call them instant pot black eyed peas or black eyed beans, they are fantastic for cooking fast in your electric pressure cooker.
When you cook dried black eyed peas in the instant pot, not only is it fast cooking but no soak is required.
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Black Eyed Peas In Instant Pot
I was just scrolling through Twitter, as I was waiting for my black eyed peas to finish cooking in the instant pot pressure cooker and saw this:
It made me chuckle.
Not because of the joke, just because if it wasn’t for these different kitchen gadgets, I wouldn’t be making these yummy recipes from scratch.
In fact, without these gadgets, it would never occur to me to make my own.
Then of course, we started our week of dried beans in the instant pot yesterday with instant pot black beans and have a few more yummy ones coming this week.
If you want to jump on board and also be making these foods that you would never have thought of making yourself and would have bought from a can without a second thought, then instant pot black eyed peas are another you can tick off your list.
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Can You Cook Black Eyed Peas In An Instant Pot?
Yes, yes, yes, you most certainly can cook black eyed peas in an instant pot. Or any other brand of electric pressure cooker. Whether that is the Ninja Foodi, PKP or even the Mealthy, they will all do a great job.
You can then use your black eyed peas in plenty of yummy instant pot recipes or just serve it in a salad.
Quick Soak Black Eyed Peas
No soaking is required for black eyed peas in the instant pot. And that same rule applies for many peas, beans, and lentils that you want to pressure cook.
Many people name no soak black eyed peas as the reason for buying an instant pot as it makes the job so much faster and effortless.
Buying Dried Black Eyed Peas For The Instant Pot
We highly recommend that you source quality black eyed peas. This is because, if you go with some cheap supermarket ones, you will notice the difference in taste and texture.
Cheap ones will also break easily under pressure and go to mush.
We went to our favourite refill shop where we live in Beverley. It is a great shop and does a lot of anti waste produce such as soap, hair conditioner etc as well as a big section of food.
It was from The Refill Jar that we picked up the ingredients for our air fryer Christmas cake as well as our instant pot chickpeas and many other recipes along the way too, and its so nice to support a local business along the way.
But just because its quality doesn’t mean it is expensive. We paid just over £1 for enough black eyed peas that would do several meals.
Are Black Eyed Peas Beans?
Hang on a minute. That label on that picture above said black eyed beans not peas??? Yes, that is because black eyed peas are actually black eyed beans, but most know them as peas.
Black eyed beans came from West Africa (I had them as a child on holiday in The Gambia) and then became a thing in the Caribbean.
Just like other Caribbean beans they are often beans that are referred to as peas such as when you have Jamaican rice and peas, which is actually kidney beans not peas.
As most people I know would call them instant pot black eyed peas, that is what I am calling them in this recipe.
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Black Eyed Peas Instant Pot Ingredients
Beans – For your black eyed peas in the instant pot, you will need some dried black eyed beans. I bought mine from an organic food store, and they can be stored in a mason jar before cooking and then used as you need it.
Stock – The second essential ingredient for cooking black eyed peas in the instant pot, is the stock. Please don’t skip this as this is what makes dried beans taste good. I recommend either our instant pot chicken stock (good if using for mainly meat dishes) or our instant pot veggie stock. Both we make in the instant pot and then freeze for using in recipes like this.
Water – You also want water as well as the stock to balance out the flavour and so that there is enough liquid to go to pressure.
Seasoning – Before adding seasoning to your black eyed peas decide what recipes the black eyed peas are going to be in. Then choose seasoning around that. For example, if it’s for summer pastas I would add oregano or basil. Then salt and pepper works well for a good all round taste.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this instant pot black eyed peas recipe it has just been our Instant Pot. We have this one and it’s my favourite and great for a lot of dried foods that you want to avoid a soak with.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.
How To Cook Black Eyed Peas In Instant Pot?
- Rinse. Start by rinsing your black eyed peas under a cold tap and getting rid of any bad bits.
- Load. Then load up your instant pot with dried black eyed peas, water, veggie stock and seasonings.
- Cook. Pressure cook for 30 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
- Stir. Using a silicone spatula, stir your just cooked black eyed peas before serving.
And I am sure you can see now how simple and quick cooking black eyed peas in the instant pot is, and why you should be doing it too!
How Long To Cook Black Eyed Peas In Instant Pot?
You will be impressed with the black eyed peas cooking time. There is no soaking and the black eyed peas are loaded into the instant pot and the instant pot works its magic.
The cook time (once the instant pot has gone to pressure) is JUST 30 minutes. This produces black eyed beans that are not mushy and are perfect for including in one pot dishes or in the summer in a salad.
What Instant Pot Setting For Black Eyed Peas?
There are a few different instant pot settings to choose from for your dried beans. I much prefer to use the bean and chilli setting.
But you can also use the manual “pressure cook” setting and it will produce the same result.
Black Eyed Peas Instant Pot Tips & Tricks
- Don’t skip the veggie stock step. Using homemade instant pot veggie stock will transform your black eyed peas. Otherwise, they will be rather boring and bland and will lack flavour.
- Even though I used the instant pot, this black eyed beans instant pot recipe will work with any electric pressure cooker.
- You can store leftover cooked beans in your fridge and use them over a few different meals.
- Add seasonings that fit in with what you are using the black eyed peas for. For example, if we are using them for a chicken casserole we will add tarragon along with some salt and pepper.
- The ratio is mentioned in the recipe card and once you get used to the ratio it will be easy to remember for future dried beans batches.
- Remember to allow your peas to cool completely before placing into storage jars otherwise you will get a lot of condensation on them.
Interesting Instant Pot Trick – Use hot water from the tap when adding water to the instant pot. It will then speed up the time it takes to go to pressure.
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Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
- Drain and then place into the instant pot 2 cups of black eyed beans.
- Add 1.5 cups of water, followed by seasonings, and mix well.
- Add a frozen vegetable stock cube on top.
- Place the lid on the instant pot. Set the valve to sealing and cook for 30 minutes on beans and chilli setting.
- Do a quick pressure release, stir, and serve.
- Or for meal prep, once cold add to plastic storage containers for later.