Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot ) make quick work  of dried field peas, cow  peas or black-eyed peas (what have you).
Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot ) is my recipe of the day. I cooked up some field peas, aka cow  peas (or similar  to black-eyed peas) along with some frozen smoked turkey legs in my electric pressure cooker.

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Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

I  am crazy about smoking up  turkey in  my  pellet smoker around the holidays.  I like to get the turkeys on sale.  Then I cut up the pieces into  specific parts. Like breast for sliced meats. Lesser parts like the drums and wings are used for seasoning.

Of course I won’t use those all right away so off to the freezer they go.  And I don’t know about you but I can be terrible about remembering to  defrost those things.

Amazingly enough, you can toss the frozen drums right into the pot,  and cook at pressure. Then  out come two thawed legs and some instantly made smoked turkey broth as well. Nifty, eh? I think so.

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

We throw all these peas and meat into a bowl and serve it up homestyle with some cornbread. I like a little chopped onion or chow chow on top. And I am also fond  of a green hot  sauce or jalapeno hot sauce to spice it up. But my husband does like Tabasco. We have a collection  of  hot sauces going, some bought, but many are homemade.

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

Field peas,  like  cow  peas,  are not peas at all and  are almost the same as black-eyed peas. They taste about the same. Many southerners will be able to get these fresh, but they can also be bought dried. Use whichever of the dried peas you have.

These are perfect for New Year’s Day and  considered to be a “lucky” food. I don’t know anything about that,  but we do enjoy our food traditions, and this is one. I hope you enjoy this recipe as well.

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Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

Field Peas with Smoked Turkey (Instant Pot )

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Depressurize time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8


  • 1 Instant pot (or electric pressure cooker)


  • 2 frozen smoked turkey legs (not thawed)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound dried field peas (or cow peas or black-eyed peas)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups turkey broth or chicken broth


  • Place the frozen turkey legs and water into the instant pot and set the valve to seal.
  • Cook at pressure on high for 30 minutes, then use the quick release.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the instant pot with the turkey legs and water and set the valve to seal.
  • Cook at pressure on high for 45 minutes and use the natural release (let it depressurize without opening the valve).
  • Remove turkey meat from the bones and add back to the peas.


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Note: if using thawed turkey legs, add them with the water to the pot and ignore doing the first 30 minute pressure cook.
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