This vegan split pea soup cooks quickly in the Instant Pot. Vegetables, fiber, and flavorful seasonings come together to make a hearty dish that the whole family will enjoy.


There is nothing like a warm bowl of Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe for a cold winter’s day with carrots, celery, potatoes, and a smoky Southern Flavor.

I never dreamt it would be so cold in Florida this time of the year, and all I can think of making is soups with my Instant Pot. If you haven’t tried my Instant Pot Lentil Soup and my Instant Pot Rice and Peas, these recipes are a must-try, I have been getting great feedback on them.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I have you covered check out my stovetop Split Pea Soup.



Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup

Why Do I Use Instant Pot To Make This Split Pea Soup?

By using the Instant Pot method, you can avoid soaking the peas and standing over the stove for more than an hour. This is a simple and quick method for making split pea soup. It’s a substantial, nutritious soup that tastes delicious and fills you up. Since the flavor is largely imparted by the pressure cooking process, the ingredients and seasonings are kept simple in this recipe as well.

There are some recipes that I just can’t stop posting on this site because they’re so good. Even though I’ve never eaten split pea soup before, soups don’t generally excite me to this extent, so I was surprised by how much I like this recipe.

Ham is a common ingredient in home-cooked split pea soup recipes, giving it a wonderful, smokey flavor. I desired to generate a mild smokiness without the use of ham, the smoky flavor of smoked paprika is the ideal way to do so.

What Are Split Peas?

Split peas are a legume family member. They are dried field peas without the outer skin. They are then divided in two. In the beans area of your local grocery store, split peas are simple to get. They are frequently offered in handy one-pound bags, which are enough for this soup.

Features of Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe

  • The beauty of these Instant Pot Soups is that you don’t have to use oil in the recipe.
  • Just add all the ingredients and let the pot do its work and you don’t have to be checking the pot to see if all is well.
  • So for someone is wants to lose weight for the New Year then this soup is perfect,
  • It is high in fiber and hearty, you will feel very satisfied after you are finished.
  • It gets thick after it cools so you may need to add extra vegetable broth when reheating it and you can also freeze extra for later.
  • This Split Pea soup is 1 of weight watcher’s points.
  • For a smoky flavor, use smoked paprika, liquid smoke, or  1 sliced gluten-free vegan Tofu Pups.
  • Its texture is thick and creamy. Split peas are broken down in the Instant Pot, resulting in a creamy soup, without using a blender.
  • Making it simply requires 30 minutes. Instead of taking 90–100 minutes to boil split peas on the stovetop, the Instant Pot cooks them in just 30 minutes.
  • You can get ahead. Soups like this one, which improve, even more, the next day, are ideal for hectic days since they can be made ahead of time and reheated quickly.
Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup

How To Make Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe?

  1. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  2. Cover Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to Sealing.
  3. Select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time to 15 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes.
  5. Move the Pressure Release to ‘Venting’ to release any remaining steam. Open the pot and stir and serve!

How To Serve?

Even while this protein-rich soup is filling on its own, I like to add some baked smokey tofu on top for extra nutrition, flavor, and texture. If you don’t want to use tofu, you may sprinkle some Roasted Edamame or prepare some crispy Gluten-Free Garlic Knots to serve with your soup. This soup also tastes delicious with Gram Flour flatbread (Besan Roti).

Tips For The Perfect Hearty Soup

  • If the liquid evaporates, add more water or broth! The liquid in pea soup reduces while it cooks because of its thicker consistency, but occasionally this reduction may be too great. Always have some additional broth or filtered water on hand to keep it from drying out! If you add excess liquid, slowly simmer until the soup thickens again.
  • Broth or water? I prefer to use low-sodium vegetable broth as the base for split pea soup because it imparts a much more flavorful flavor! If the broth is not available, you can substitute filtered water. Or you can combine half filtered water and half broth! However, as was previously mentioned, always prepare this soup with enough liquid on hand.
  • Over time, your soup will become thicker. At the closing of cooking, you’ll observe that your soup is rather loose. The soup thick

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Instant Pot Vegan Split Peas

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Split Peas Need To Be Soaked?

Although it can expedite the cooking process, soaking them is not strictly necessary, especially when you are using an instant pot or pressure cooker. I generally advise this technique because it can help shorten the amount of time food is cooked on the stovetop. If you don’t have time to soak the split peas overnight, you can make a quick soak by adding rinsed split peas to a bowl of boiling water and letting it sit for an hour before you begin the dish.

Why Are My Split Peas Still Hard After Cooking?

There could be several causes for this, but the main one is that the split peas you have used are old. Older beans, such as chickpeas and lentils, are more difficult to prepare and take a lot longer to soften. Depending on the desired consistency, unsoaked peas can be cooked for anywhere between one and two hours.

Can This Soup Be Made Ahead Of Time?

This soup is ideal for preparing meals for the week and beyond. I’ve provided some storage advice below to aid with some solid suggestions for freezing and chilling. Using pre-chopped carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion will help you speed up the process. You might also want to soak your lentils.

Is Split Pea Soup Healthy?

This vegan dish of split pea soup is rich in protein and fiber due to the split peas. They are also rich in potassium, folate, and iron. Particularly, potassium is connected with maintaining healthy blood pressure, therefore ingesting enough amounts potassium-rich foods such as split peas can be advantageous.

Can I Replace The Split Peas With Lentils?

Although the soup won’t taste exactly the same, green lentils can be used in its place if necessary. Please be aware that because green lentils cook more quickly, the liquid amount and cooking time will vary.

Why Cook Split Pea Soup In The Instant Pot?

The most important argument for using an instant pot to make split pea soup, in addition to the fact that we want to share with you a fresh and delectable recipe for instant pot soup, is that doing so is EASY.

It is simple, quick, nutritious, time-saving, and inexpensive to prepare, to say nothing of being effortless.

Is Split Pea Soup Keto Friendly?

Split peas typically have little fat, but because they are starchy, they are heavy in carbohydrates. Split pea soup generally isn’t the ideal choice for you to eat if you’re following a ketogenic diet. Split peas, on the other hand, might be a wise choice occasionally if you’re trying to reduce your carb intake. ​

Can I Make This On A Stovetop?

Split peas can be cooked on a stovetop for between 60 and 90 minutes. The best ways to prepare it quickly, in my opinion, are in an instant pot (25 minutes).

How To Get Rid Of Gas From Split Pea Soup?

If you’ve ever experienced stomach pain after consuming dried beans or lentils, soaking them before cooking may be of great assistance. Dried beans, lentils, and split peas have complex sugars that are hard for our bodies to digest. Flatulence and bloating might occur as a result of the gas that is released when these substances are ingested. Therefore, soaking, rewashing, and draining help in the release of some of these sugars into the water.

How To Store Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup?

Place the soup in airtight containers after it has totally cooled. It should last for five to six days if kept in the refrigerator.

I advise storing the soup in smaller, individual containers so it will be simpler to thaw and reheat the exact amount you need. Frozen soup can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

How To Reheat Leftover Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup?

To reheat, defrost thoroughly from frozen, then reheat on the stovetop with additional vegetable broth until the desired consistency is achieved. Adjust the salt and herbs to your personal preference.

How Can You Make This Soup Lower In Carbs?

To Make this wonderful Instant Pot vegan split pea soup lower in carbs skip the potato and substitute two chopped red bell peppers instead.

This simple, nutritious soup with delicate tastes is extremely satiating and filling. The best part is that you can change it up and jazz it up to your heart’s content, and it will still taste fantastic.


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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 231 kcal / 966 kJ
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Carbs: 37 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For: 8 servings



  1. Add all the ingredients in the Instant Pot. Cover Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  2. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes. Move the Pressure Release to 'Venting' to release any remaining steam. Open the pot and stir and serve!
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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.