Black-Eyed Pea Recipes

A staple in Southern cuisine, black-eyed peas (which are really beans) are said to assure a prosperous year when consumed on New Year's Day. Search through this selection of soups, rice dishes, salads, and more recipes featuring black-eyed peas to feel the good fortunes of this nutritious bean!

Staff Picks

Vegetarian Gumbo

No one will miss the meat in this satisfying stew (it's also vegan!). It starts with a roux and the holy trinity of onion, celery, and bell pepper, then calls for both fresh ingredients (okra and yellow squash) and canned (tomatoes and black-eyed peas).

Hearty Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 3 stars 78
A dash of hot sauce adds piquancy to this comforting winter side dish.

Broiled Pork Tenderloin with Black-Eyed-Pea Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 44
The tenderloin is the leanest cut of pork. Black-eyed peas and the monounsaturated fat in avocados help regulate glucose.

Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 3 stars 85
Smoked ham hock adds undeniable flavor to this delicious black-eyed peas recipe. 

Roasted Pork with Black-Eyed-Pea Salad

Rating: 5 stars 8
With a little advance preparation, the components for this easy-to-make meal can be stored in the fridge and then assembled and served within minutes.

Black-Eyed-Pea-Salad with Celery

This bright, crunchy salad is a fresh and speedy way to follow the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck. 

Traditional Black-Eyed Peas

Fresh black-eyed peas cook much more quickly than dried ones do; check for tenderness after 20 minutes.

Black-Eyed Pea Tacos

Rating: 3.5 stars 25
Black-eyed peas add protein and a slight smoky taste to this vegetarian dish. To save some time when preparing this recipe, mince the garlic and chiles together.

Fried Black-Eyed Peas

Hot from the skillet, these small fried black-eyed peas are tossed with dark brown sugar for sweetness and smoked paprika for a robust kick.

Cumin-Dusted Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Rating: 3 stars 26
Our version of a Southern-style shrimp dish finds its flavor in low-fat places: shrimp tossed with cuminand thyme, black-eyed peas splashedwith vinegar, and collard greens brisklysauteed in olive oil (rather than boiledwith the customary pork fat).

Black-Eyed Peas with Escarole, Potatoes, and Turkey Sausage

Rating: 4 stars 6
A Southern-style stew of black-eyed peas, escarole, potatoes, and lean turkey sausage is not only nutritious but especially gratifying on a chilly evening.

Hoppin' John

This recipe for the classic Southern stew that you're meant to eat on New Year's Day for good luck in the coming year comes from Kathleen Boone of Atmore, Alabama.

Inspiration and Ideas

Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Cream
Rating: Unrated 20
The chili can be made four days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat it on the stove top before serving.
Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
Rating: Unrated 38
Cornmeal-Crusted Oyster and Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Jalapeno Dressing

This recipe for cornmeal-crusted oyster and black-eyed pea salad with jalapeno dressing is courtesy of chef Susan Spicer and can be found in her cookbook, "Crescent City Cooking."