Fried Black Eyed Peas


  • 1 lb of dried black eyed peas
  • 1 small onion halved
  • 1 carrot halved
  • 1 celery stick halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic whole
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • water to cover
  • 2 tbs old bay seasoning
  • canola oil for frying
This is a super simple absolutely delicious recipe. It is great as an appetizer or a side. They are also great sprinkled over salads for a crunchy surprise. You may use canned black eyed peas if desired but we recommend that you use dried as they will have a better texture.


  • Sort through dried peas and remove and small stones.
  • In a large bowl add the black eye peas and cover them with cold water.
  • Allow them to soak overnight.
  • After soaking overnight drain and rinse the peas and add them to a large sauce pan or stock pot.
  • Add the chicken stock, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay leaves and cover peas with at least 2 inches of water.
  • Cook peas over medium heat for 1 hour or until they are tender.
  • Remove carrot, onion, garlic, celery and bay leafs and drain peas completely.
  • Lay peas out on a baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat canola oil, using medium high heat in a deep fryer or large sauce pan. Oil should go not more than halfway up the side of the pan to prevent boil over.
  • Fry for about 4 minutes until slightly crispy but not burnt.

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