It’s a southern tradition to have black eyed peas on the first day of the New Year. My grandfather used to always tell me that I would make a dollar that year for every pea I would eat on New Years Day, so we’ve never missed eating them on New Year’s Day.

Our family traditionally has black eyed peas with pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes for lunch on New Year’s Day.

Making them in the instant pot is the easiest and fastest way to make them. Most people soak them overnight but this saves you from even doing that.

Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed peas are a staple in the south on New Years Day! Here's an easy recipe in the instant pot!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Instant Pot


  • 4 Strips Bacon Diced
  • 1 lb Black eyed Peas
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves diced
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 8 oz Ham diced


  • Turn your Instant pot to saute and heat up.
  • Add about a tbsp of olive oil. Then add bacon, onion, garlic. Saute until cooked.
  • Add pepper and cayenne pepper.
  • Turn off saute. Add chicken stock, water, bay leaf, ham and peas.
  • Pressure Cook on high for 25 minutes. Natural release.
Keyword black eye peas, instant pot,, side dish