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southern style black-eyed peas recipe
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4.88 from 8 votes

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Black Eyed Peas with tender shredded pork roast are quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot. No soaking required and this recipe is so flavorful!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Time to come to/release pressure27 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings



  • 1 pound black-eyed peas dried
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder roast diced into 1/2-inch cubes with any large chunks of fat removed
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and diced (green or red)
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar based hot sauce like Tobasco
  • 3 bay leaves


  • Rinse the beans in a collandar and set aside.
    rinsed and drained Black Eyed Peas
  • Heat the oil in the Instant Pot on saute mode. When the oil is shimmering, add the pork in small batches. In order to get a nice sear, I divided my pork into three batches. Allow to cook without stirring until the bottom is golden brown, then transfer to a plate. You do not want to cook the pork; just make one side nice and crispy. Continue with remaining pork until complete.
    how to sear pork in the instant pot
  • Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic to the Instant pot and cook, stirring while scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom, until lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. The total cooking time for the pork and the vegetables was about 30 minutes for me.
    diced vegetables for Black Eyed Peas recipe
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except for the black eyed peas) and the browned pork along with any juice from the plate back to the Instant Pot. Attach the lid, lock, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
    instant pot Black Eyed Peas
  • Quick release the pressure. Add the black eyed peas, stir, and then close lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release remaining pressure (if anto open the lid. Disgard bay leaves. Add additional salt, if desired. Serve and enjoy!


  • Unlike many black eye pea recipes, you do no need to soak them ahead of time. Just a thorough rinse when using the Instant Pot.


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1101mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 23.6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2.6mg