Creamy Southern Black Eyed Peas

Black eyed peas are not only a southern staple, they’re also a symbol of luck and success. Their coin-like appearance is associated with wealth, while their ability to thrive in harsh environments is seen as resilience. To add to the positive energy, black eyed peas are often paired with collard greens to represent financial prosperity.

Many families enjoy this dish on New Year’s Day as a cherished tradition believed to bring good luck and fortune for the year ahead.

Creamy Southern Black Eyed Peas Content
Health Benefits

Besides their delicious taste and cultural significance, they’re also packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. Not only that, these legumes are low in fat and provide sustained energy, which makes them a great choice for heart-healthy diets.

  • Black eyed peas: Raw peas are often used in this recipe, but they require a lot of prep that includes sorting and pre-soaking. To save time you can use canned peas that have been drained and rinsed before adding to the pot.
  • Meat: Any type of smoked meat will work – smoked turkey (neck/wings), ham hocks, or bacon.
  • Vegetables: Onions and garlic are the usuals but you can also add collard greens (as mentioned above), bell peppers or celery.

Serve as the main entrée topped over white rice or as a side dish with cornbread or cheddar bay biscuits.

Yield: 4 Servings

Easy Creamy Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Creamy black eyed peas rich in flavor and ready in just 30 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 15oz cans black eyed peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Gheeluxe Clarified Butter
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 small smoked turkey neck
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


  1. Heat a large stock pot on medium heat and melt 1 tbsp ghee.
  2. Add onions and cook until onions start to caramelize. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add chicken stock, seasonings and turkey neck to pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover with lid and simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender.
  5. Remove smoked meat and set aside to cool.
  6. Using either a fork or your hands, remove the meat from the bone and add pieces back into the pot.
  7. Drain / rinse peas and add to pot. Mix well.
  8. Simmer uncovered until peas are soft.
  9. Use a potato masher to mash some of the peas and stir until well combined.
  10. Repeat the above step until peas reach desired consistency. Add more stock or water if needed.
  11. Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed.


If you don't have a potato masher, you can mash the peas against the side of the pot with the back of your spoon.

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