Vegan Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Prepare this tasty vegan stew for the holiday, it is enough to feed a family and it is very economical. It is delicious and served with Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread Vegan Mac And Cheese, Vegan Collard Greens

Vegan Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Traditionally, blackeyed peas also called Hopin John recipe is served in the Southern States for New Year’s Eve celebration. I make this dish all year because it tastes amazing. 

It is especially great to prepare during the winter months, you can also enjoy it over Brown Jasmine Rice

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About This Black Eye Peas 

My hubby isn’t a fan of black-eyed peas, but when I tell you, he said it tastes great, which means it is really delicious. I added some cayenne pepper for a hint of spicy flavor but it is fine if you leave it out.

Black-eyed peas are actually a member of the cowpeas family. It is a legume that is packed with lots of protein and fibers. They are also a good source of folate, iron, thiamine, and copper. 

In the Southern states, the beans are cooked with meat, spices, and greens. My vegan blackeyes are flavorful that you won’t miss the meat. 

For an incredibly flavorful stovetop version, check out my Southern Black-Eyed Peas recipe, Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry, Black Eyed Peas Salad, Black Eyed Peas Fritters.

Dried Vs Canned

I prefer to use dried peas, I find the flavor to be bolder. You get to control the amount of salt that is added because canned peas contain lots of added salt. I do use canned beans at times for convenience. 

Do You Have To Soak Black-Eyed Peas?

No, You don’t have to soak your black-eyed peas before cooking them in the instant pot or pressure cooker. 

ingredients for black eyed peas

What Goes In Vegan Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas

  • Black-Eyed Peas – I used dried black-eyed peas, no need. to pre-soak them. They cook up quickly in the pressure cooker. If you are using fresh peas, cut the cooking time in half. 
  • Olive Oil – you can omit the oil and saute the vegetables in 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth.
  • Onion, Celery, Bell Pepper, and Garlic – add flavor to the stew.
  • Spices – the smoked paprika, Creole seasoning, and liquid smoke combination gives is a real smoky flavor without using traditional ham hocks. I also added thyme and bay leaves for that herby flavor.
  • Vegetable Broth – you can use store-bought or make your own Vegetable Broth. The good thing is, most vegetable broths on the market are gluten-free, they do not contain autolyzed wheat extract like chicken and beef broth but double-check the label to make sure. 

Substitute For Black Eyed Peas

If you don’t have black-eyed peas, a good substitute would be field peas, pigeon peas, cranberry beans.



How To Cook Black-Eyed Peas In The Instant Pot?

 It is a straightforward recipe, you basically saute your seasonings, add your rinsed peas and cook in vegetable broth. 

I used dried black-eyed peas for this recipe but you can substitute them with fresh, or frozen ones. 

Tips For Making Black Eyed Peas In The Instant Pot

  1. Make sure to season your peas with spices so they aren’t bland, adding the Creole/Cajun seasoning makes them pop.
  2. Add sauteed vegan sausage at the end for extra flavor. 
  3. For a thicker stew, turn off the Instant Pot, then choose the Saute mode and mash some of the peas with the back of your wooden spoon.

What To Serve With Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas?

You can serve it with Southern-Style Mixed GreensVegan Lentil Meatballs, Vegan Southern-Style Coleslaw.

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Vegan Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Still, the best Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas stew I ever had is so hearty, smoky, and warming. It is simple to prepare in the pressure cooker because there is no need to soak. Make this for the holidays and your New Year's Eve celebration.
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan instant pot black eyed peas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 303kcal



  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas sorted and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun/Creole Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper optional
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke
  • salt to taste


  • Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode, and add oil.
  • Add onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook until onion is soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, smoked paprika, thyme, and Creole Seasoning. Cayenne pepper until fragrant.
  • Add black-eyed peas, vegetable broth, and bay leaves. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the steam knob to Sealing. Press the Manual button and set the timer for 15 minutes.
  • When complete, allow the Instant Pot to release for 20 minutes naturally. Turn off the Instant Pot, open the lid, stir in the liquid smoke, and season with salt to taste.
  • You can set the Instant Pot on Saute mode to cook longer if you want a thicker stew.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1425IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 7mg

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  1. I just made this and it tasted really good!

    I had one problem that I have have with cooking beans in instant pot. When the cooking os complete and I open the instant pot the beans have soaked up enough water to the point where a portion of the beans are out of the water and therefore do not cook 100%

    Should I just simply add more water next time? I’d hate to dilute the flavor if I don’t have too…

  2. Question for you…I don’t like onions or bell peppers…I always use onion powder to replace onions and skip bell pepper completely…
    For this recipe should just skip the sauté step or should I replace the onion with additional celery and sauté the celery…I have made a couple of your recipes and have skipped the sauté step and it still has turned out great…I just think about if I’m missing out on even more flavor by skipping that step

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