Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas With Ham | Pressure Cooker Beans and Greens

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Pour and cook Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas recipe cooks up fast and creamy. It’s a fast way to make a dish that used to take all day on the stove! Omit ham hocks for a Vegan version.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas with ham served in a white bowl.

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I’ve lived in Texas for 30 years. In fact, I’ve lived longer here than I have in any other part of the world. Jobs, marriage, children, joint custody etc. all make it so I just stayed here, and I have very much come to appreciate life here.

Part of the life, of course, is the food in the South. Nothing is more Southern than Black Eyed Peas. Everyone has their own way of making it, but I wanted to share mine.

What are Beans and Greens?

It’s a recipe comprised of exactly what it sounds like. A combination of dark greens (typically kale, spinach, or collard greens) and beans (cannellini beans, black-eyed peas, navy beans etc). It’s a very simple recipe that’s affordable and a big part of a tradition in the south.

How Do You Make Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas With Ham And Greens?

  • Add Ingredients. Place all ingredients except finishing ingredients into the inner liner of your pressure cooker.
  • Cook. Set your Instant Pot at high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Natural Release. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure slowly. If it foams, let it sit for a few more minutes. 
  • Remove ham hocks. (Skip this step for vegan version) Using two forks, remove the skin and fat. Shred the meat and put it into the beans and stir well.
  • Add. Pour apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, and hot sauce, and taste. Season to adjust.
  • Serve. Plate your Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas and Ham and enjoy.

Black Eyed Peas Instant Pot Variations

Make it once as this recipe calls for, and then go crazy with your own variations.

  • Beans: Black eyed peas, Butter beans, navy bean, cranberry beans, cannellini beans
  • Meats: smoked turkey wings, ham hocks, andouille sausage, bacon
  • Greens: Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, or mixed greens of whatever you have lying around
  • Vegetables: Add tomatoes, especially for the vegan version to get some additional flavor

My version uses black-eyed peas and collard greens because that’s what I had on hand.

How To Make This Recipe Vegan

  • Skip the meat. I know this is obvious, but I have to include it.
  • Increase the liquid smoke. This will help increase the flavor in the dish since you removed the meat.
  • Add some tomatoes. This makes it a more hearty dish. Plus tomatoes pair beautifully with black eyed peas.

Can I Make Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas With Ham In Advance?

Absolutely. Some people will ONLY make them this way. This is because the flavors in the black eyed pea recipe marry in the fridge and get better over time. Making them a day or two before your meal will only make them better. So, go for it.

How Do You Cook Dried Black Eyed Peas?

Stovetop. Simmer beans in a pot of water on the stovetop for 30-45 minutes or until they are the desired texture. Drain water and serve or add to a recipe.
Instant Pot. Cook black eyed peas with two cups of water under high pressure in your Instant Pot for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally. Drain water and serve or add to a recipe.

What Is The Best Way To Cook Black Eyed Peas?

In my opinion, the Instant Pot is the best way to cook them. It is so fast and you can prep the rest of the recipe you plan on adding them to while they cook.

Do Black Eyed Peas Need To Be Soaked?

Soaking the beans decreases the cooking time. If you plan on cooking the beans on the stovetop, you may want to soak the beans in hot water for a few minutes before boiling.
If you’re cooking the black eyed peas in your Instant Pot, you can skip this step.

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I can’t wait for you to try this classic Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas recipe. Once you get comfortable with the base recipe, you can start making your own variations to love! If you love it as much as I do, share it with your friends on Facebook and Pin it to make again later.

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Dump and cook Southern style beans and greens cook up fast and creamy in your pressure cooker. Fast way to make dish that used to take all day on the stove. Omit ham hocks for vegan version.

Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas with Ham and Greens

Dump and cook Southern style Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas with ham and greens cook up fast and creamy in your pressure cooker. Fast way to make a dish that used to take all day on the stove!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main Courses, Side Dishes

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Beans and Greens, greens and beans, Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas

Servings: 6

Calories: 259kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

For Finishing

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except finishing ingredients into the inner liner of your pressure cooker. You want to set those aside so you can get a fresh zing of flavor after the beans and greens have pressure cooked.

  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure slowly. If it foams, let it sit for a few more minutes. 

  • (Skip this step for vegan version) Remove ham hocks and using two forks, remove the skin and fat. Shred the meat and put it into the beans and stir well.

  • Add apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke and hot sauce and taste. Season to adjust.

  • POPULAR VARIATIONS ON PRESSURE COOKER BLACK EYED PEAS:

    • Beans: Black eyed peas, Butter beans, navy bean, cranberry beans, cannellini beans
    • Meats: smoked turkey wings, ham hocks, andouille sausage, bacon
    • Greens: Collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, or mixed greens of whatever you have lying around
    • Vegetables: add tomatoes
  • These are traditionally served with corn bread or over rice

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Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

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Originally Published June 26, 2019

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