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Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (No Soak Method!)

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (No Soak Method!)

Bring prosperity and good luck to the new year by kicking it off with a Black Eyed Peas recipe. Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas deliver the perfect bean in under an hour.

If you enjoy making cooked beans in a pressure cooker, check out all our Instant Pot Beans RecipeInstant Pot Black BeansInstant Pot Pinto BeansInstant Pot Refried Beans, and Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice.

Overhead shot of a bowl of black eyed peas. Slices of bread and a striped napkin are nearby.

Black Eyed Peas Instant Pot

As with most bean recipes, black eyed peas take awhile to cook, so we love making Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas to shorten up the process. There is zero soaking required which is an added bonus.

Throw them in our popular Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe (pictured above) to cut down on the total time it takes to make.


Only two ingredients are required to make instant pot black eyed peas: dried beans and water or broth. We usually use Instant Pot Bone Broth for added nutrition and flavor. 

bowl of beans and water next to an empty instant pot.

No Soak Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas

No pressure, baby! You’ll get perfectly soft beans ready to eat without soaking them in advance. It’s one of the biggest benefits of using a pressure cooker.

How To Make Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

Make sure you set aside 45 minutes to make black eyed peas in the Instant Pot. 

  • Place the beans and broth/water in the pressure cooker
  • Pressure cook on high for 8-10 minutes
  • Natural release for 15 minutes
  • Strain the excess cooking liquid, if desired

Dried beans in a pressure cooker.

Total Time

The beans only take 15 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. Add the 10 minutes it takes to come to pressure and the 15 minutes it takes to naturally release, and you’re looking at a total of 40 minutes.

Instant Pot Beans

This dump and go Instant Pot Beans black eyed peas recipe is a perfect base recipe; you can add any herbs or spices you like. Think finely chopped onions, minced garlic, fresh thyme, bay leaves, creole seasoning and more. 

Benefit Of Using Dried Beans

Using dried beans vs canned beans allows you to better control the texture, taste, and most importantly, sodium content of the final product. Take a quick look at the sodium content of canned beans; it’s off the charts. 

Uncooked black eyed peas soaking in a silver bath of water.



Use water or vegetable broth to keep these vegetarian/vegan. 

Low Sodium

To keep the sodium level to a minimum use water or low sodium broth. 

Expert Tips

  • Here are substitute for beef broth and chicken broth substitute lists, if you need some ideas.
  • Black-eyed peas should have a slight bite, not mushy.
  • Hard beans? If your beans aren’t softening it’s likely the beans are old. It’s best to purchase fresh black eyed peas. Keep cooking and they’ll soften up.
  • This instant pot black eyed peas recipe is suppose to have a bit of creamy liquid. If you want “less” liquid, strain out the liquid or smash some of the beans and stir. The smashed beans will soak up the liquid and thicken it up.

Beans in a bowl next to garlic and parsley.

What To Serve with Southern Black Eyed Peas

This southern recipe has been a staple in the deep south since the late 1600s (source). They can be enjoyed as a stand alone or served alongside any of these classics:

White Rice
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Jiffy Corn Casserole
Hot Sauce

Instant pot black eyed peas in a small bowl.

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Bring prosperity and good luck to the new year by kicking it off with a Black Eyed Peas recipe. Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas deliver the perfect bean in under an hour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Come to Pressure & Natural Release: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Bean Recipes, Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $3.00



  • 1 Cup Black Eyed Peas, Rinsed and Sorted (*Note 1)
  • 3 Cups Water or Broth


  • Rinse the beans and pick out any pebbles or old beans. 
  • Add the beans and water/broth to the instant pot and stir to prevent sticking. Secure the lid, making sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  • Set pressure cooker to "pressure cook" or "manual" (depending on model) on high pressure for 8-10 minutes. (8 minutes for beans with a little bite to them, or 10 for softer beans).
  • Once the timer beeps, let naturally release for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure before removing the lid.
  • If desired, drain excess liquid. Serve or use in your desired black eyed peas recipe.


Note 1 - Make sure to pick out any pebbles rocks or floating beans.
Note 2 -  You can use water but the bone broth really amps up the flavor. 
Note 3 - This is a basic black bean recipe. Add your favorites spices and herbs to enhance the beans if eating right out of the instant pot.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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