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Easy Black Eyed Peas Recipe

This Southern black eyed peas recipe is a New Year's Day tradition. Ready in minutes, these black eyed peas are seasoned with bacon, onions, and garlic. Bring good luck into your new year with this incredibly delicious single serving recipe!

Black Eyed Peas with Bacon, Onions, and Garlic in a bowl

In the south, black eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day. The peas symbolize prosperity. They are said to deliver good luck because they resemble little coins. The swelling of the peas when cooked symbolizes our wealth expanding in the coming year.

I grew up eating black eyed peas along with a side of cabbage and cornbread on New Year's Day and I'm happy to be sharing this simple recipe with you today.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • It's made with canned black eyed peas for convenience.
  • These black eyed peas are so incredibly delicious!
  • This recipe yields a small batch of black eyed peas, perfect for one or two people.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Bacon: Use 2 strips of bacon.
  • Onions and garlic: Finely chopped onions and garlic add quite a lot of flavor to this dish, definitely don't leave them out.
  • Black eyed peas: Use 1 (15-ounce) can of black eyed peas, rinsed and drained.

How To Make This Recipe

When my kids were all living at home, I would make a big pot of black eyed peas on the stove and would use roughly a pound of peas. Since I no longer need to cook as much food, I use a much smaller amount. In fact, since I'm making the dish for one person, I find it easier to use this canned black eyed peas recipe instead.

  1. Begin by cooking together bacon, chopped onions, and minced garlic in a small saucepan.
  2. Add in the canned black eyed peas and simmer.
two pictures of black eyed peas in a pot

Expert Tips

  • Leave out the bacon if you'd like to make a vegetarian black eyed peas. Sauté only the chopped onions and garlic in oil before adding the peas.
  • This recipe will yield enough for two servings if served with a side dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Dried Black Eyed Peas?

If you would like to use dried beans, you certainly can. You will only need about a quarter cup and the cooking time will be longer. The peas will need to be soaked either overnight or by using a quick-soak method. You can read all about those methods HERE.
After the peas have soaked, rinse and drain them and set the peas aside. Cook bacon and the vegetables in a medium sized pot and add the black eyed peas. Add enough water or broth to the pot to almost cover the peas. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until peas are tender.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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bowl of black eyed peas

Black Eyed Peas For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main
Keywords: black eyed peas
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 strips bacon , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 15-ounce can black eyed peas , rinsed and drained

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon pieces in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until crisp.
  • Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the black eyed peas to the onions and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  • Serve.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Leave out the bacon if you'd like to make a vegetarian black eyed peas. Sauté only the chopped onions and garlic in oil before adding the peas.
  • This recipe will yield enough for two servings if served with a side dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.8mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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7 thoughts on “Easy Black Eyed Peas Recipe”

    1. Hi Teresa,

      Use 1/4 cup of dried beans and also note that the cooking time will be longer. The peas will need to be soaked either overnight or by using a quick-soak method. You can read all about this method here – https://zagleft.com/quick-soak-beans/ .

      After the peas have soaked, rinse and drain them and set the peas aside. Cook bacon and the vegetables in a medium sized pot and add the black eyed peas. Add enough water or broth to the pot to almost cover the peas. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until peas are tender.

      Joanie

  1. 5 stars
    Love love this – I am exploring a wider range of beans and grains and black eyed peas are one I haven’t yet tried! Love the bacon in this.

  2. Yum! This is how I dress up canned green beans. I’ll need to try it with black eyed peas too. I think it would also be good served over riced cauliflower.

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