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Black-Eyed Peas in a white bowl next to spoon on wooden board

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas are so delicious, and they are a fast cooking bean! Don't even bother soaking them, just season them with great ingredients. Don't forget the collard greens, this recipe has them as a tasty option! 

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker black eyed peas recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 324 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 Celery Ribs (Stalks), diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, red or green
  • 2 small Bay Leaves
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 3 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Coarse Salt, or 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 4 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1-2 slices Bacon, chopped
  • 1 small Ham Hock (or meaty ham bone)
  • 1 1/4 cups Black-Eyed Peas, dry*
  • 2 cups Collard Greens, (optional) chopped in 2" pieces


  1. Turn the pressure cooker on to the Sauté function. When the display reads Hot, add the oil.

  2. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper, and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to turn translucent.

  3. Add the thyme, smoked paprika, pepper, and salt. Stir.

  4. Add the garlic and jalapeño. Cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

  5. Add the broth, balsamic vinegar, bacon, and ham hock.

  6. Stir in the black-eyed peas, and collard greens, if using.

  7. Place the lid on the pressure cooker, locking it in place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté function.

  8. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button (or dial) and use the + or - button (or dial) to select 17 minutes (for firmer beans choose 14 minutes). High Pressure.

  9. When the cooking cycle has ended and the pot beeps, let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute Natural Release), then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.

  10. When the pin in the lid drops down, open it and give the contents a stir. Discard bay leaves and ham hock (the ham hock won't be tender, it is for flavor, but if you can get some meat off of it, add it to the pot!).

  11. Serve over rice for a Hoppin' John, or as is. Enjoy with cornbread to sop up that yummy broth! Happy New Year! Or, any time of year!

Recipe Notes

*If you soaked the Black-Eyed Peas, reduce the cook time by about half. You can always add time if you need to.

This recipe doubles nicely. Don't double the cooking time.


If you want a more traditional black-eyed peas recipe, Try my Instant Pot Southern Black-Eyed Peas recipe.