Learn how to make Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas). Super easy to make this flavorful hearty black-eyed pea soup with creamy beans & tender ham. Comforting, nourishing, & nutritious!
What is Black Eyed Peas?
Black-eyed pea is a type of bean that’s creamy yellow-white in color with black “eyes” on one side.
They’re also known as black-eyed beans, cowpea, or goat peas. Despite the name, black-eyed peas are actually beans, not peas!
Black eyed peas are extremely nourishing & highly nutritious – rich in fiber and protein.
In the American South, black-eyed peas and greens (such as collards) are considered a Lucky New Year food that brings prosperity in the new year.
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Prepare Ingredients: Rinse the black eyed peas under cold running water, then drain well. Cut the pork hock into smaller pieces.
Brown Tomatoes and Onions in Instant Pot: Use "Sauté More" function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen (~8mins). Add 1 - 2 tbsp (15 - 30ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Ensure the whole bottom is coated with olive oil. Add in quartered tomatoes and sliced onion, then saute for 4 - 5 minutes.
Saute Spice and Garlic: Add in 6 crushed garlic cloves, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp (5ml) tomato paste, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, 1 tsp (3g) smoked paprika, ½ tsp (1.5g) ground cumin, and ½ tsp (0.6g) cayenne pepper. Saute for another minute until fragrant.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
Pressure Cook Black Eyed Peas: Add in ½ tsp (3g) fine salt and remaining (4.5 cups, 1125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then give it a quick stir. Add in pork hock pieces. Add in 1lb (454g) black eyed peas (ensure they're fully submerged in the cooking liquid). If you're using green collards, add them in here. (If you're using Kale, don't add them yet). Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. 1. For Beans With a Bit of Chew: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes + Natural Release for 15 minutes. 2. For Tender Beans: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 14 minutes + Natural Release for 20 minutes. Open the lid carefully.
Season & Thicken Soup: Press the "Saute" button to bring it back to a full boil. Stir with a ladle to thicken the soup. *Note: The longer you boil the soup, the thicker it will be. The soup will also thicken a bit once chilled to serving temperature. Add in kale, then let it boil for 3 - 4 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt and black pepper. (For reference: we added 4 pinches of salt to season properly).
Serve: You can serve this deliciously hearty Black Eyed Peas Soup with cornbread! Enjoy~
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