Easy Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas and Ham

A 6-Ingredient Recipe You Should Try

If you’re looking for ways to save your leftover ham or meatloaf, you can put an end to it now!

This instant pot black eyed peas and ham recipe will be your saving grace and can take your cooking skills to new heights. Apart from not letting your stored ham from spoiling, you will be preparing a very nutritious dish by incorporating peas and some veggies along with the ham or any meat.
This recipe won’t let you cook separate dishes for you and the kids as this is an adult-and-kid-friendly recipe: there are a couple of ham tidbits yet it’s also hearty because of the black eyed peas and other veggies we are adding. This article will help you aid your gastronomic needs by following the ingredients and instructions for this black eyed peas and ham instant pot recipe.

Top Reasons to Love Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas and Ham
Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe
Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas and Ham Recipe
    Key Details of the Recipe
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts

Black eyed peas are nothing more than Southern staple food. They are best eaten when served over a wedge of hot cornbread. Southerners mostly know that preparing black eyed peas dishes on New Year’s Day is a tradition to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year and I guess, this is just one of the many reasons why you will love and should make your own black eyed peas specialty, especially after Christmas or New Year’s Day to salvage your leftover ham or meat.

Top Reasons to Love Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas and Ham

  1. Quick and easy. Black eyed peas are extremely firm when raw so you need to soak them before cooking. The good thing about this recipe is that you can skip the soaking part and just let them soften by using an instant pot or pressure cooker.
  1. Fewer ingredients. This recipe only needs 5 basic ingredients, added all together at once and let it cook in the pot.
  1. Save leftovers. The Yuletide season brings so many leftovers including ham. This recipe will definitely help in saving your meat, especially ham to make a whole new yet healthy dish.
  1. Something reminiscent. Even if you cook black eyed peas dishes in the long future ahead, it still remains to be a Southern traditional emblem that would be part of any Southerner’s history.

Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe

  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Tools (measuring spoons and cups)
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife 

Instant Pot:

Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas and Ham Recipe

Instant Pot Black-eyed Peas and Ham Recipe

Key Details of the Recipe

Yield:7 Cups
Prep & Cooking Time:50 Minutes
Flavor & Texture:Soft, savory, meaty, and mushy
Ease:Intermediate to Advanced
Method:Instant Pot


  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • ¼ cup ham cooked (cubed or chopped)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper to taste


  1. Drizzle some olive oil over your instant pot and select the ‘Sauté’ option on the pot. 
  2. Add the diced onion and sauté for a few minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  3. Turn off the instant pot and add all the remaining ingredients: dried peas, water, ham, and salt & pepper.
  4. Choose the ‘Pressure Cook (or Manual)’ from the options and set the time for 16 minutes.
  5. Once the peas have finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 8 – 10 minutes.  At that point, you can manually release the pressure by turning the valve to Vent.
  6. Taste and add more seasoning and adjust according to your preference.
  7. Serve while warm.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be frozen and eaten again in the next few days. Freeze the cooled pea mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 3/4 cup | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 48mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g


Black-eyed peas were originally used as food for livestock but are now considered a New Year’s staple food that brings luck according to some myths from the South.

This recipe may come in any other variation by replacing some ingredients like:

black -eyed peas with butter beans, navy beans, cranberry beans, cannellini beans and adding tomatoes for a more umami taste and creamier texture.