Black-Eyed Peas with Ham


Similar to hoppin' John, this is a great way to turn your New Year's black-eyed peas into a main dish.

black eyed peas with rice and corn bread
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried black-eyed peas

  • 1 (8 ounce) bone-in ham steak

  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth, or as needed to cover

  • 1 ½ cups warm cooked rice

  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped


  1. Place black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain peas. Dice ham and reserve the bone.

  3. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and crumble when cool enough to handle. Reserve for garnish.

  4. Saute onion and celery in the bacon drippings over medium heat until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain the bacon fat and transfer vegetables to a soup pot.

  5. Add peas, diced ham, ham bone, tomatoes, lemon juice, bay leaves, Creole seasoning, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer until peas are soft, about 2 hours. Remove bay leaves and ham bone.

  7. Serve over warm rice with crumbled bacon and green onions sprinkled over top.

Cook's Note:

You can use water instead of broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

622 Calories
7g Fat
97g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 622
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 1752mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 52mg 262%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 14mg 76%
Potassium 1839mg 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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