Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas


I have been making this Southern black-eyed peas recipe for years and years, and it's always a big hit for family dinners! Don't skip the cumin, which is the "secret" ingredient.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 55 mins


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound smoked ham hocks

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Soak black-eyed peas in a bowl of water for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add smoked ham hocks and water to pan. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 hour.

  4. Drain peas and add to the pan along with seasoned salt, onion powder, cumin, black pepper, red pepper, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 1 hour.

  5. Uncover the pan and cook until peas are tender, about 30 minutes more. Remove bay leaves and ham hocks before serving.


You can use smoked turkey wings instead of ham hocks.

The entire dish can be made very successfully in a slow cooker. Just be sure to sauté the onions and garlic first before adding them to the pot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

228 Calories
14g Fat
14g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 384mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 455mg 10%

* 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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