Black-Eyed Peas Stove Top, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

Black-Eyed Peas Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove-Top

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Simple Black-Eyed Peas, cooked stove-top, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.


  • 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups water or stock


For all methods: pour black-eyed peas onto a sheet tray. Sort through and remove any debris or malformed peas. Place peas in a colander and rinse well.


Add oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer gently, half covered for 45 minutes to an hour, until beans are at the desired tenderness. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Instant Pot:

Add all ingredients to Instant Pot. Seal and set to High Pressure, 15 minutes. Allow to go to Keep Warm function then release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Slow Cooker:

Add all ingredients to slow cooker, cover and cook on low for about 5 to 6 hours or 3 hours on high. Taste and adjust seasoning.


These are basic, vegetarian black-eyed peas, useful to use in recipes. Change up this recipe by adding bacon. ham hocks, spices & herbs of your choice.

The old myth about cooking black-eyed peas (or any legume) with salt is just that, a myth. If a salty stock is added, adjust the amount of added salt to compensate.


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