Pressure-Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Ham

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + releasing


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 29, 2023
Here's a regional favorite I grew to love after moving to the South, pressure-cooker black-eyed peas. You'll never want to eat canned black-eyed peas again! Serve the dish as a side with grilled chicken, or make it your main course and round out the meal with greens and cornbread. —Tammie Merrill, Wake Forest, NC
Pressure-Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Ham Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  1. Rinse and sort black-eyed peas. Transfer to a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Stir in water, ham, onion, garlic, seasoned salt and pepper. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 18 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure.
  2. Serve with a slotted spoon. If desired, sprinkle with green onions.

Can you freeze Pressure-Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Ham?

Freeze cooled pea mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 76 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.