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Black Eyed Peas

Easy Black Eyed Peas Recipe

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings or about 7 cups 1x


Here’s an easy black eyed peas recipe: 2 ways! Try them creamy and smoky as a side dish, or learn how to cook them for salads and dips.



For the black eyed peas

For the side dish flavoring

  • 1 small clove garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, optional (or use vegan butter or coconut oil)


  1. Add the black eyed peas, broth, water and salt to large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Then go to Step 2 to 3.
  2. To keep them whole for salads and Texas caviar, cook them 40 to 50 minutes until just tender but they still hold their shape, then drain. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days. You can also freeze for up to 8 months. Place the drained black eyed peas into a sealable storage container like a mason jar. It’s helpful to freeze them in 1 1/2 cup increments, which equals 1 15-ounce can of beans.
  3. For the creamy side dish, cook 55 to 60 minutes until very tender and just starting to break down. If the beans start to appear before becoming tender, top off with water to keep the beans just barely submerged. At the end of cooking there will still be a good amount of water: you’ll use this to create the creamy sauce. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, onion powder, and butter (optional), then turn up the heat and stir vigorously for a few minutes until a creamy sauce forms. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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