Instapot Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

Instapot Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

Although black-eyed peas cook faster than regular beans, I was in a hurry to get a big batch out for New Year’s Eve so I had to lean on my Instapot to get the job done.  When my peas done cooking in the Instapot, I then added my pan-sauteed vegetables and additional spices. I love this method so much, that I think this will be a new go-to recipe!

The beans were perfectly cooked – moist, creamy, yet still intact. As I added my cooked vegetable mixture to the cooked peas, my veggies weren’t blanched out and mushy. The flavors were bright and tasty and this lucky side dish was a hit with my friends.

Hopping John Black Eyed Peas with Bay Leaf in a Bowl


  • 2 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 6 cups water or broth (vegetable, chicken, or beef, depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced flat leaf parsley (optional)


  1. Rinse the black-eyed peas thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add the peas, water or broth, salt, and pepper to the Instant Pot.
  3. If using, add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to the pot. You can also stir in any additional spices or herbs you like.
  4. Close the lid and set the pressure valve to sealing.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  6. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick pressure release to fully release any remaining pressure.
  7. Open the lid and check the peas. If they are tender, they are done. If not, cook for a few more minutes on high pressure.
  8. While the peas are cooling, add 2 tablespoons oil or butter to a large saucepan. Saute’ 1 cup onion, parsley and 1 cup celery. Season with garlic and or onion powder.
  9. When the veggies start to look translucent, mix in a can of diced tomatoes with juice from a can.
  10. Gently fold in your cooked black-eyed peas and simmer for a few more minutes.
  11. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  12. Serve hot with your favorite sides, such as cornbread, rice, or collard greens.

Why Eat Black Eyed Peas for the New Year?

Black eyed peas are a traditional Southern dish often enjoyed on New Year’s Day. Sharing a meal with loved ones signifies togetherness and new beginnings.

Ultimately, the meaning behind black eyed peas as lucky food is personal and multifaceted. It’s a tradition rich in history, symbolism, and shared cultural experience. Whether you believe in the literal luck factor or simply enjoy the delicious dish with loved ones, black eyed peas remain a popular and flavorful way to welcome the new year.

So, feel free to enjoy your black eyed peas with a side of good vibes and optimism! They may not magically guarantee every wish, but they certainly represent a spirit of hope and a delicious start to a fresh year.