How to Cook Canned Black Eye Peas

by Rick Radcliff ; Updated September 28, 2017

Black-eyed peas are often eaten on New Year's Day for good luck.

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A member of the legume family, the black-eyed pea is actually a bean. Black-eyed peas are a staple in Southern cooking and can be used in a variety of meals. They are low in fat and sodium and have no cholesterol. They are also a good source of fiber, iron and potassium. Canned black-eyed peas are already cooked, so you can eat them right out of the can or add them to a salad. However, if you prefer them hot, all you need to do is heat them.

Open the can and pour the black-eyed peas into a pot.

Place the pot over medium heat.

Add desired seasoning if any.

Stir peas occasionally.

Cook until black-eyed peas are heated through. This usually takes from 5 to 10 minutes.


  • Black-eyed peas can also be heated in a microwave.

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Rick Radcliff became a full-time freelance writer in 2010. He has also ghostwritten for private clients, specializing in health and technology. Radcliff is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pennsylvania State University.