Make these easy Instant Pot New Years Black Eyed Peas with ham and greens to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year! This simple Southern recipe for black-eyed peas requires no soaking and is ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish. (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)
Please tell me you all eat your black-eyed peas on New Years Day. For as long as I can remember, eating black-eyed peas at New Years Day dinner was a requirement. Because how else would you have good luck for the rest of the year?
It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized that not everyone eats black-eyed peas at the start of the new year, that it’s a very Southern tradition. I also learned that adding greens to New Years black-eyed peas was for prosperity in the coming year.
So thaaaaat’s where we went wrong. My parents left out the greens every New Years Day. Thanks a lot, Mom. (Just kidding. I love you, Mom!)
All joking aside, traditions like New Years black-eyed peas with greens are what make this time of year so special. Mr. Table and I partake in the black-eyed pea dinner every New Years Day, though we haven’t quite figured out if it’s collard greens or cabbage you’re supposed to eat for prosperity. (Maybe one of these years we will get it right!)
And you better believe that Queen C will be eating at least a bite of her black-eyed peas every New Years Day right alongside her parents!
This year, I’m sharing my recipe for super easy Instant Pot New Years black-eyed peas. The Instant Pot is my new best friend when it comes to making meals that normally take a very long time, like dried beans. It makes easy work out of these southern black-eyed peas with ham and greens, perfect for a lazy New Years Day! It’s flavorful, made with a few simple ingredients, and so comforting for a cold night. It also makes plenty of food, so you can share the luck with your friends, or you can have leftovers for a few nights – which I’m never mad about! We usually serve our black-eyed peas with ham, cornbread, and cabbage.
This recipe for New Years black-eyed peas is really very flexible. Since I always seem to have a ham bone in my freezer saved from a spiral sliced ham, I use that to flavor my black-eyed peas, but you can use diced ham, a ham hock, or even a few strips of bacon. You can also use either dried or pre-soaked black-eyed peas since it can be difficult to find black-eyed peas at the store if you wait until the last minute. No need to soak your black-eyed peas overnight, though. The Instant Pot cooks dried black-eyed peas incredibly fast without soaking!
Finally, use whatever you have in terms of greens. I have never actually made collard greens, but I always have kale in my refrigerator, so I used kale. Any sturdy green will work just fine!
If you don’t currently celebrate New Years Day with a pot of black-eyed peas, you should definitely start! It’s a fun tradition that we will continue to pass down, and hopefully may bring you some good luck this year!
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Easy Instant Pot New Years Black Eyed Peas
Make these easy Instant Pot New Years Black Eyed Peas with ham and greens to bring luck and prosperity in the coming year! This simple Southern recipe for black eyed peas requires no soaking and is ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish. (gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 17 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: about 12 cups 1x
- Category: side dish
- Method: instant pot
- Cuisine: American
- 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 fresh jalapeno
- 1 ham hock or a bone saved from a spiral sliced ham (or 1/2 cup diced ham)
- 1 1/2 cups dry black eyed peas (or 3 cups soaked)
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- Salt to taste*
- 3 cups chopped collard greens or kale
- Set Instant Pot to ‘Sautee’ mode on ‘High’. Set timer for 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in the bottom of the pot. Add garlic, celery and onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Cancel ‘Sautee’ mode.
- Stir in remaining ingredients. Lock lid and set vent to ‘Sealing’.
- Press ‘Pressure Cook’ and set to ‘High’. Set timer for 17 minutes for dry peas or 7 minutes for soaked peas. Turn off ‘Keep Warm’.
- Once timer is done, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Turn went to ‘Venting’ to release any remaining pressure.
- Unlock lid, stir, and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in and airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
*The amount of salt in this recipe can vary a lot based on the broth and meat used. I recommend starting with just a little or none and adding more to taste later if needed.
Keywords: easy black-eyed peas, instant pot black-eyes peas