Recipe | Instapot/Pressure Cooker Sea Island Red Peas

Ingredients List

  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock (you can replace some or all or this with an equal amount of rough chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 cup Marsh Hen Mill Sea Island Red Peas
  • 1/2 Cup rough chopped tomatoes
  • 2 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Combine all the ingredients except the salt in the pressure
  • 2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
  • 5 thyme sprigs (optional)
  • Kosher salt


  1. Soak peas overnight, then drain and rinse.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the pressure cooker except for the salt.
  3. Lock the Lid and cook on High for 15 minutes (increase time slightly if you like your beans a bit softer)
  4. Let sit for 10 additional minutes before carefully releasing steam.
  5. Drain the peas saving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and discard garlic, bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  6. Season with salt and serve.

Serves 4 as a side.


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