How to make black-eyed peas

Healthy care info

If beans and legumes like black-eyed peas aren't a regular part of your diet, they should be, says the Harvard School of Public Health. Unlike animal foods, beans and legumes are naturally low in fat, have no cholesterol, and contain enough nutrients for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider both vegetables and protein. A diet high in plant-based foods like beans can significantly lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. One of the easiest and fastest ways to incorporate dried beans into your daily meals is to make them with a pressure cooker. Always follow the instructions that come with your specific pressure cooker.

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Step 1


Measure the black-eyed peas in a colander or colander and use about 1 cup of beans for a 4 quart pressure cooker and up to 3 cups for a pressure cooker that is 6 quart or larger. Rinse the beans under cold running water and remove any stones, debris, and broken or discolored beans.

step 2


Put the beans in a large bowl. Fill with enough cold water to cover the beans by at least 3 inches. Let the beans soak for anywhere from six to 24 hours.

step 3


Drain the black-eyed peas and place in the pressure cooker. Add vegetables and spices like cloves of garlic, a bay leaf, onions, celery, or carrots if desired.

Step 4


Pour 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of black-eyed peas. Stir 1 tablespoon of canola oil for each cup of black-eyed peas that you plan to cook under pressure.

Step 5


Put the lid of the pressure cooker on and use high heat to bring the stove to high pressure. Turn the heat on low, still keeping high pressure on, and let the black-eyed peas cook for 3 minutes.

Step 6


Turn off the heating and allow the pressure to normalize. Check the beans. Replace the pressure cooker lids and repeat the process if they are not as tender as you'd like. Let the beans cook for 2 minutes before checking the beans again.

Step 7


Empty the beans and use them as desired.

What you need

  • Dry cowpeas
  • Sieve or sieve
  • Big bowl
  • Vegetables and spices if desired
  • Mixing spoon
  • Rapeseed oil


  • If you forgot to soak the black-eyed peas, a quick way to soak them is by boiling them in water for about 2 minutes, then soaking them in hot water for 1 hour. You can also just cook the black-eyed peas in the pressure cooker without getting soaked, although The Kitchn does point out that they can pop while cooking. Unshorn black-eyed peas take a little longer to pressure cook: about 6 to 7 minutes. Very fresh beans, such as those bought at a farmers market, can cook a few minutes faster than beans sold in grocery stores.


  • Do not fill the pressure cooker more than halfway. Check the instructions that came with the stove if you have any questions about how much you can safely cook at one time. Do not attempt to remove the pressure cooker lid to inspect the beans until the pressure has released on its own and has returned to normal levels. This can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.