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How to Cook Dried Black Eyed Peas

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Carol Luther has more than 25 years of business and technical writing experience and 10 years of experience in international health project management, which includes child survival, youth AIDS and health systems information technology. Luther's work has appeared in "Diamond" magazine and online at Global Progress, Mahalo, Trazzler and Wcities. She has a master's degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
How to Cook Dried Black Eyed Peas
A close-up shot of dried black-eyed peas. Photo Credit cheche22/iStock/Getty Images

Black-eyed peas traveled to the Americas and the Caribbean with slaves from their home in Africa. They are one of the world’s most widely-eaten peas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also known as cowpeas, black-eyed peas are nutritious and cook faster than many other bean varieties. These fat-free peas add fiber and protein to your diet without cholesterol.


Step 1

Sort dried black eyed peas by hand to remove agricultural waste products, such as small rocks or leaves.

Step 2

Discard peas that have extremely wrinkled skins or visible blotches.

Step 3

Rinse peas in cool water before cooking to clean them of any residue from packaging.


Step 1

Put 1 lb. of dried peas in a 4-qt. stock pot.

Step 2

Cover peas with 6 cups of hot water.

Step 3

Add salt and pepper to taste, along with seasonings if desired.

Step 4

Bring the pot to a boil.

Step 5

Cover the pot and reduce the heat to simmer.

Step 6

Cook peas for 45 minutes to 1 hour until tender.

Pressure Cooker

Step 1

Put peas in the pressure cooker with your preferred seasonings.

Step 2

Cover peas with water up to 1/3 of the volume of the pressure cooker.

Step 3

Add 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil to reduce foaming.

Step 4

Cook peas for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the level of pressure.

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