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Instant Pot Hoppin' John with Bacon Relish

Turn to your Instant Pot to serve typically long-simmered meals any night of the week. Dried peas rapidly make their way onto your dinner table — and it’s no pressure.

Serving up simple, hearty fare is quick and easy with an Instant Pot. And who doesn’t love a steaming bowl of comforting hoppin’ John? With black-eyed peas, mustard greens, and ham, plus a fresh and smoky relish, and Tomato Rice on the side, this pressure-cooked southern dish satisfies all winter long.


6 servings

Total Time

1 hour

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Test Kitchen Tip

To soak the black-eyed peas, place them in a bowl with cold water to cover by two inches, then cover bowl and refrigerate overnight, or at least 6 hours.


Cook bacon in Instant Pot on "Sauté" setting until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate and discard all but 2 Tbsp. drippings.

Add onions, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves; cook on “Steam” setting, partially covered, until onions soften, 10 minutes.

Deglaze Pot with wine, scraping up any brown bits; cook until evaporated. Stir in broth and peas.

Close lid, lock Pot, select "Manual" setting, and 40 minutes time. Pressure cook peas until time is up, then quick release and open Pot.

Sir in mustard greens and ham; season peas with salt, pepper, vinegar, and Tabasco.

Combine bell pepper, scallions, zest, and bacon for the relish. Top hoppin’ John with relish.


Deglazing with wine loosens the brown bits on the bottom of the Pot, while adding more flavor.

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