Southern Black-Eyed Peas (Vegan)

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Enjoy flavorful and classic Southern Black-Eyed Peas (Vegan). seasoned with onions, garlic, peppers, and thyme. Oh my this Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe is so comforting on cold winter nights.

Southern Black-Eyed Peas (Vegan)

Since moving to Florida, I noticed that fresh peas are very popular in grocery stores.  These fresh peas like field peas, butter peas, and black-eyed peas can be prepared quickly and they taste buttery when done.

Southern Black Eyed Peas

For the purpose of this recipe, I will use dry black-eyed peas instead. Check out my Curry Black-Eyed Peas Recipes.

How To Cook Black Eyed Peas Southern Style

Soaking is not a must for your black-eyed peas but it helps to shorten cooking times, increase digestibility. Sort peas, remove debris and wash and soak in water in a large bowl.

Allow the water to be at least 2-3 inches above peas because peas will swell. Soak peas overnight, discard water, rinse and add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil and cook until tender.

For a Southern flavor, I substituted the traditional ham hock with tofu pups hot dog to add a smoky flavor but you don’t have to at all, other options include liquid smoke, smoked paprika, even chipotle pepper or whatever you desire. 

I enjoyed my black-eyed peas with Cornbread, stewed potatoes, and Vegan Southern-Style Collard Greens and it was so delicious,  comforting and hearty. Hmmm, the perfect dish to enjoy during these wintry days! You can also serve it with my Cornbread Casserole.

Southern Black Eyed Peas (Vegan)

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122 kcal / 510 kJ
4 g
9 g
11 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

15 min
1 h 36 min
Ready in:
1 h 51 min
8 servings



  1. Add peas to 6 cups of water in a large bowl and soak overnight. Drain peas and rinse. Place peas in a large pot with 6 cups of water and bring to boil on medium-high. Cover and reduce heat to a  simmer for about 45 minutes or until peas are tender. If they are drying out before being tender then add extra water or vegetable broth.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium, cut each hot dogs into coins and saute until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Stir in onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme, cayenne, hot dog coins or smoked paprika and salt into the peas and continue to cook until sauce is thickened. Delicious served with cornbread and collards greens.


Southern Black-Eyed Peas Vegan

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. Melina
    February 17, 2020

    Very tasty even though I had to use black eyed peas from a can since I couldn’t find the dry ones. I combined it with the Southern Style Collard Greens and the Cajun Quinoa Pilaf and we had an excellent meal.

  2. Shaniqua Carter
    January 29, 2020


  3. Cheryl
    January 3, 2020


    This dish is delicious! I added thinly sliced collard greens right to the pot at the end and cooked till wilted. Used 1/2 tsp of smoked salt and 1/4 tsp of plain sea salt. After plating I added just a dash of homemade Worcestershire! Perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful dish.

  4. Brooke
    January 1, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! I did not use the tofu dogs or oil, but the spice mixture took these black-eyed peas to another level ❤️ For the salt, I used smoked salt. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you for your recipes.