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).

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.

Hearty Black-Eyed Peas

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

Black-Eyed Peas

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

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. 

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.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Baby Greens

Rating: 4 stars 8
Baby spinach and red mustard leaves are more tender and spicy than the familiar varieties of those greens. You can use other spicy baby lettuces, such as chard and tatsoi, or look for packaged blends (sometimes called spring or Asian mix) in many supermarkets.

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.

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).

Quick Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

Black-eyed peas and tomatoes quickly prepared on the grill make an ideal side for Blackened Chicken.

Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Cream

Rating: 4 stars 20
The chili can be made four days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Reheat it on the stove top before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.
Black-Eyed Pea and Jalapeno Salad
Rating: Unrated 48
Piquant jalapeno chiles complement the earthy flavor of black-eyed peas in this fiber-rich side salad; they also add crunch, along with the diced red onion.
Summer Platter Salad
Rating: 3 stars 13

A simple vinaigrette complements this colorful bounty of grilled and raw vegetables.