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

Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 3.15 stars
Smoked ham hock adds undeniable flavor to this delicious black-eyed peas recipe. 

Hearty Black-Eyed Peas

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

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: 3.64 stars
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.

Quick Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

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

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.

Roasted Pork with Black-Eyed-Pea Salad

Rating: 4.88 stars
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 Baby Greens

Rating: 4.13 stars
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.

Texas Two-Bean Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars
Whether for the picnic basket or the dinner table, this easy bean salad fits right in.

Traditional Black-Eyed Peas

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

Inspiration and Ideas

Black-Eyed Pea and Jalapeno Salad
Rating: Unrated
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.
Black-Eyed Peas with Escarole, Potatoes, and Turkey Sausage
Rating: Unrated
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.

Black-Eyed-Pea and Shrimp Salad

This salad is tossed with warm vinaigrette and given the peppery bite of fresh savory pluckedfrom the garden.