How to cook frozen black-eyed peas in a stovetop pressure cooker? Set your pressure cooker to saute mode, and saute chopped onion for 2-3 minutes in hot oil. Add chicken broth, black-eyed peas, and thyme. Close the lid, seal the vent, and set the cooker to high pressure. Cook for 15 minutes, then allow natural pressure release for 15 minutes. Do a quick release of the remaining pressure. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Black-eyed peas got their name because of their specific look. They have a prominent black spot where the bean touches the pod. Sometimes called cowpeas, the black-eyed peas are actually beans instead of peas. Many recipes from Southern cuisine use black-eyed peas, and black-eyed peas are even more popularized by the hip-hop band of the same name.
If you like to eat black-eyed peas, keep reading to learn more about cooking black-eyed peas in a pressure cooker!
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How To Cook Frozen Black-Eyed Peas In Stovetop Pressure Cooker?
Cooking the best black-eyed peas is easy with this recipe:
- Set your pressure cooker to saute mode and add 2tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
- Once the oil heats up, chop 1 onion and add it to the pot.
- Saute onion for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent and fragrant.
- Switch your pressure cooker to manual mode.
- Add 6 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth), 1 pound of dried black-eyed peas, and 2 sprigs of fresh thyme.
- Close the lid and set your pressure cooker to high pressure for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes of cooking, allow the steam to release naturally, and then quickly release the remaining steam.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve the cooked peas immediately.
- You can serve them with a ham bone, diced tomatoes,
You can either cook frozen peas or dried peas this way, but if you cook frozen black-eyed peas, it will take you a bit longer to cook them fully.
How Long Does It Take To Cook Frozen Black Eyed Peas?
As already mentioned, frozen black-eyed peas take longer to cook than dried beans. For example, the pressure cooking time from dried black-eyed peas is 15 minutes, and for frozen peas, it is 30 minutes.
When cooking on a stovetop in a regular pot, you will need to cook black-eyed peas for 1 hour minutes when dried and 1-1.5 hours when frozen.
You can also cook frozen or dried black-eyed peas in a slow cooker. Try this slow cooker black-eyed peas recipe:
- If cooking dried black-eyed peas, rinse them in a colander and remove any discolored and odd-looking peas.
- Transfer the peas to the slow cooker and cover with water by at least 2 inches.
- Add ham bone, ham hock, bacon, or salt pork.
- For more taste, add 1 chopped onion and 2 chopped carrots.
- Close the slow cooker with a lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
How Long To Pressure Can Black-Eyed Peas?
If you want to cook your peas quickly, then canned black-eyed peas are a perfect option for you. Canned black-eyed peas are already pre-cooked, which means that you can eat them straight from the can, or you can quickly cook them to reheat them. 5 minutes will be enough for you to pressure cook your canned black-eyed peas.
Do Frozen Black-Eyed Peas Need To Be Soaked?
Soaking beans before cooking is advised to reduce the cooking time. Beans are usually dried and need to rehydrate before cooking. That’s why you should soak them overnight or at least for a few hours.
It is advised to soak black-eyed peas for at least 2-3 hours if you are using dry black-eyed peas. However, if you plan to cook frozen black-eyed peas, you won’t need to soak them because they are already hydrated and ready to cook.
Also, when you cook your black-eyed peas in a pressure cooker or in a slow cooker, you don’t need to soak them. Another great tip for soaking black-eyed peas is that you can soak them in hot water instead of in cold water. A needed soaking time will be greatly reduced.
How Long Does It Take For Black-Eyed Peas To Cook?
The time needed for cooking black-eyed peas depends on whether you are cooking them frozen, canned, or dry. It also depends on how you cook them and on whether you soaked them or not.
Canned black-eyed peas cook the fastest, 5-10 minutes. Dried black-eyed peas cook a bit faster than frozen black-eyed peas. Instant pot black-eyed peas take 15 minutes when cooking dried peas and 30 minutes when frozen. In a pot, dried black-eyed peas take about an hour to cook, and frozen peas need 1-1.5 hours.
Soaked black-eyed peas will cook faster than the peas that haven’t been soaked in the water. However, you don’t have to soak frozen or canned beans, and you don’t have to soak them when cooking a slow cooker or instant pot peas.
The instant pot takes the least amount of time to cook black-eyed peas, a regular pot on a stovetop a bit longer, and if you have plenty of time for making cooked black-eyed peas, a slow cooker is the slowest way to do cook those beans.
Now you know how to cook frozen black eyed peas in a stovetop pressure cooker. Saute 1 chopped onion in your instant pot, add chicken stock, black-eyed peas, and thyme and close the lid. Set your pressure cooker to high pressure for 15 minutes, then allow a natural release of the pressure for 15 minutes. Quickly release the remaining pressure, and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, or any other seasoning you like. Serve immediately.
How do you make black-eyed peas? Share your favorite black-eyed pea recipe in the comments!