Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

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These amazing Black-Eyed Pea Fritters are so irresistible, perfect for your New Year's Eve party. Seasoned black-eyed peas are crispy on the outside and moist inside, delicious served with ranch dressing.

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

This is my original version of black-eyed pea fritters, I have had a somewhat similar fritter called Akara when I lived in England, it is a Nigerian fritter, also known as Accara, Bean Balls or bean Fritas. 

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My version is way easier to prepare than traditional Akara, with Akara you have to soak the black-eyed peas and remove the skin. That process is way too time-consuming for me. 

I have made Nigerian Moi Moi and that process of soaking the black-eyed peas and removing the skin turns me off making it. I love to be in and out of the kitchen.

My version turned out very tasty and crunchy without all that work. It is also vegan and gluten-free. Other delicious Black-Eyed Pea recipes to try are my Southern Black-Eyed Peas and Black-Eyed Peas Curry.

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters Ingredients

How To Make Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Add well cooked and tender black-eyed peas to a bowl, add all-purpose gluten-free flour, onion powder, Italian seasoning baking powder,, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and water.

Mix well together to form a ball, you can use your hand or potato masher. Form into balls then press to form patties. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high, add patties and fry for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Serve with Ranch Dressing.

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 84 kcal / 351 kJ
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 6 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 6 min
  • Ready in: 11 min
  • For:
  • 18 portions



  1. Place black-eyed peas, flour, onion powder, Italian seasoning, baking powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl. Mix to combine with hands or potato masher.
  2. Add water and form into a ball, break off pieces and roll into balls then flatten to form into patties. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high, add fritters and cook on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Repeat until all the batter is cooked.
  3. Delicious served with vegan ranch dressing.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Alesha
    January 1, 2021

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic! Hit with the entire family served on New Year’s Day for our traditional Health and Wealth meal. I have found that using a food processor makes GF cooking/baking much easier, so I mixed all ingredients except the water in the food processor until smooth. Never really needed the water, but the purple hulled peas I used were frozen fresh from the garden. I coated my hands in coconut oil to help roll and press the patties. Amazing flavor and I was asked to make this recipe every New Year’s Day from now on. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 1, 2021

      Alesha, this is fantastic to read, I’m so happy everyone enjoyed them. Thank you for sharing your process of making them. Happy New Year.

  2. Emily Haines
    January 1, 2020

    These are soo good. Made them for our New Years Day black eyed peas celebration. I put a bit of mustard on mine instead of ranch…sooo good.

  3. Katie
    November 19, 2019

    So good!! Love to change up the spices. Never loved black eyed peas that much but I do now. Thanks!

  4. Karen
    May 8, 2019

    These are SO good. Rave reviews for the family. My husband thought they tasted like burger meat. I think we will use this as our vegan burger recipe as well!!

  5. Areil
    January 1, 2019

    Made these for something different on New Years! Still got the traditional peas in for good luck and tried a new recipe. They were delicious! I just added red onion to the mix. Great recipe and so easy. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 1, 2019

      Happy New Year Areil, I’m so happy you enjoyed them, my blessings for 2019!

      • Katie
        November 19, 2019

        So good!! Love to change up the spices. Never loved black eyed peas that much but I do now. Thanks!

        • Michelle Blackwood
          November 19, 2019

          Katie, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, it is a flexible recipe. Thank you for sharing your feedback Katie.

  6. Sonal
    December 29, 2018

    I loved the simple and doable recipe Michelle. Sounds delish.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 29, 2018

      Thank you Sonal, it is so easy. Hope you try it.