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Instant Pot Hoppin John

Here's the best Instant Pot Hoppin John recipe that's made in just 30 minutes using dried black eyed peas! You'll love this traditional New Years recipe. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best, easy, hoppin john, instant pot, pressure cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 501kcal
Author: The Typical Mom


  • 16 oz black eyed peas dry, bagged
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 c ham diced, or ham hock
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz.
  • 32 oz chicken broth could use vegetable broth if making vegetarian
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 c kale cut into med. size leaves, optional
  • 2 c rice cook as directed separately
  • 1 c smoked gouda diced


  • Turn your Instant Pot to saute and add your butter (allow to melt), diced onion, diced ham (if you're using diced, if using ham hock don't add that now), minced garlic, cayenne, salt, pepper, thyme, and any other spices you desire.
  • Stir until well combined and until onions begin to soften and turn translucent. Turn your pot OFF.
  • Add your can of diced tomatoes, bag of dry black eyed peas (or 16 oz of canned, though not recommended), and chicken broth, stir add ham hock into the middle if you're using that too.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 25 minutes. (if using canned just press the rice button which will set it to pressure high for 12 minutes)
  • Do a quick release and stir, will thicken more as it sits. Can serve this over rice as is or if you want to add kale then gently press the leaves into your mixture and cook on high pressure for 4 more minutes.
  • Cook rice separately. Quick release again, stir and serve over rice topped with smoked gouda cheese. 


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1745mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2565IU | Vitamin C: 46.3mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 4.2mg