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Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

January 1, 2018

By Kath Dedon

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Yes! You can make Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot! I used a couple of things that I learned from J. Kenji López Alt’s Instant Pot split pea soup recipe and successfully made the black-eyed peas.

I cut the broth by 25% because, as Kenji says, there is no evaporation when you pressure cook.

I sautéed the first eight ingredients in 3 tablespoons of butter. The butter adds great flavor, and the fat helps to inhibit foaming when you’re pressure cooking legumes or grains.

From start to finish, it took about 1½ hours to make the Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas. The original recipe takes about 2 hours, start to finish, so the Instant Pot saves a little time. Without having a side-by-side taste test, I do think the Instant Pot version is better. The black-eyed peas were perfectly cooked with a velvety texture.

If you have a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot I highly recommend that you try this Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas recipe. And may you have only good luck in 2018!

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Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black Eyed Peas - Cropped

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Instant Pot Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas

(Adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s recipe)

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(print the recipe)

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Serves 4 – 5

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Important notes:

  • Do not double the recipe. Split peas (and other legumes and grains) can foam and clog the valves if the pot is too full.
  • Do not reduce the butter. Adding fat to the pot can help to keep the foaming down. If you want to use oil instead of butter, use 3 tablespoons.
  • If you’re using a stovetop pressure cooker, monitor it closely, never setting the heat higher than medium-high.

 

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3 tablespoons butter

12 – 16 ounces smoked sausage, sliced

1 cup chopped yellow onion

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

whole cloves garlic

5 sprigs of fresh thyme

bay leaves

3 teaspoons finely chopped Italian parsley

6 cups chicken stock

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Minced green onions, to garnish (optional)

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Black-eyed peas

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Ingredients: Everything to saute is in the bowl, 4 cups of stock in the carton plus 2 more cups in the measuring cup. Minced garlic to add with the stock and black-eyed peas.

Ingredients

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  1. Press the Sauté button and then use the Adjust button to set the heat to “Normal” (medium). Wait for the display to say “Hot”. This takes about 3 minutes.

Hot

 

2. When the pot is hot, put the butter in. When it has melted, add the sausage, onion, salt, cayenne pepper, whole cloves of garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and Italian parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

Butter melted

Sauteeing

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3. Press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to stop the sauté function. Add the chicken stock, black-eyed peas and minced garlic.

Stock, peas and garlic added

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4. Put the lid on, setting the Pressure Releaseto Sealing. Press the Manual button and set the time to 23 minutes. (If using a stovetop pressure cooker, cook it under pressure for 20 minutes.) With the Instant Pot, it takes about 15 minutes to get to pressure and start the 23-minute countdown.

23 minutes

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5. When the 23 minutes are done, press the Keep Warm/Cancel button to turn the pot off and let the pressure release naturally. It will take up to 30 minutes for the pressure to release.

6. When the float valve has dropped back down, the pressure has been released. Open the pot, give it a stir, and serve. Garnish with green onions, if desired.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. mistimaan permalink
    January 1, 2018 8:50 am

    Nice recipe

  2. Ron permalink
    January 1, 2018 9:15 am

    Kath, I had just finish cooking my Black Peas for our News Day Dinner when your post came in. Wish I’d seen it prior to making mine. The recipe I used was OK, but yours sounds great! I still have a pound of dried peas left so I’ll soon give your version a spin soon.

    • January 1, 2018 9:17 am

      I think you’ll like it, Ron. I’d love to hear your opinion after you try it. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Michelle permalink
    January 1, 2018 12:24 pm

    I have frozen black eyed peas. What do you suggest as a cooking time since I am not using dried beans? How much broth for this case?

  4. Russ permalink
    January 1, 2018 1:17 pm

    I just made the Instant Pot version of your recipe. It is superb! I’m enjoying a bowl of it as I type. Thanks. Best black-eyed peas yet!

    • January 1, 2018 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Russ! I was quite pleased with the way it turned out. Glad you like it!

  5. Nicole Parks permalink
    January 1, 2018 5:57 pm

    Just made these in my Instant Pot. Used Shiner sausage. Delicious, the best BEPs I’ve ever had!! Hopefully this is a good omen for 2018!

    • January 2, 2018 5:59 am

      Love it, Nicole! Happy 2018. It’s sure to be a good one now that we’ve had our BEPs. 🙂

  6. Vanessa Fortman permalink
    April 25, 2018 7:53 am

    What about frozen raw sasuag?

  7. Bryan Harris permalink
    April 25, 2018 3:47 pm

    I’ve made this a few times now, I love it! Becoming a family favorite.

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