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How to Cook Dried Black Eyed Peas

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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.

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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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