Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
Photo: Kelsey Hansen

How to Make It

Step 1

Place black-eyed peas, ham hock, halved onion, garlic, and bay leaves with 5 cups of water in an Instant Pot. Turn on the pot’s pressure cooker setting, according to package instructions. Cook, covered, until beans are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2

Drain the peas, saving liquid in a bowl. Discard the onion, garlic, and bay leaves. Pull meat off of ham hock. Shred and reserve meat; discard bone.

Step 3

Wipe out the pot and turn on the sauté setting. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Add 1 cup chopped onion, celery, bell pepper, and jalapeño. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 cup reserved bean liquid to pot; bring to a boil.

Step 4

Change heat to rice setting, stir in the rice; cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in the green onions, parsley, black-eyed peas, and shredded ham; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Adjust the consistency with additional reserved bean liquid if needed. The Hoppin’ John should be moist, but not soupy.

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