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Black Eye Peas and Rice-Creole Style

Creole Black Eyed Peas and Rice is a Black Eyed Peas Rice mixture seasoned with spices and sausage. This Creole Black Eye Peas and Rice can be a main dish or a side dish.


black eye peas and rice


In the Southern United States, it is a tradition to eat black eye peas on New Years Day, allegedly it brings good luck in the coming year.  I really can’t remember a New Years Day that I haven’t had black eye peas and I am a very happy lucky lady so I guess it does work.  Who wants to take chances, not me so we have our black eye peas every year.
I can’t tell you how delicious this blend of Black eye peas Creole spices, rice and sausage is, it’s really a meal in itself and normally we have it as our main dish.


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Black Eyed Peas Rice, Creole Black Eye Peas and Rice
When I married my sweet hubby, I learned his family also eats black-eyed peas for New Years Day and they leave one little pea uneaten on their plate for extra luck!  So for the last 38+ years, I have been eating my black eye peas and leaving one pea on my plate, there is no way I am going to turn down any extra luck!
One of our favorite trips was a week in New Orleans where we did all things tourist including a cooking class.  In the cooking class, we learned about Creole or Cajun cooking.  It was amazing and opened our eyes to different seasonings and techniques.  So if you ever get a chance to take a class on Creole or Cajun cooking, go for it.


Black Eyed Peas Rice Recipe:


  • 1 pound dried black eye peas
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeños, chopped 
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces salt pork, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 cups white rice
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce


Equipment Needed:

  • Dutch Oven or large pot


How to make Creole Black Eye Peas:

black eyed peas and rice


Start your black eyed peas and rice by cutting up green bell pepper, onion, 1 pound of cooked sausage such as a kielbasa.     These vegetables should be cut into small cubes and the sausage sliced.   Dice either 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers depending on the heat level you wish.


black eyed peas and rice


In a large dutch oven or stock pot, sauté the chopped salt pork pieces until almost crispy.  Remove and drain on a towel-lined paper plate.   Add the sliced sausage to the pot and cook until browned, remove to the paper-lined plate to drain.     Add chopped onions and peppers to the Dutch oven.



Cook the onions and peppers for the black-eye peas until tender but not caramelized.    These vegetables cooked in the renderings from the salt pork and sausage will add more flavor to the black eye peas.



Add garlic, the herbs, salt, and both peppers and mix well into the cooked veggies.   Add the drained black eye peas and the cooked salt pork.  Cook for 45 minutes.


blackeye peas


Add the cooked sliced sausage and continue cooking for about 45 minutes until peas are tender.   The juices or sauce should be thick and flavorful.   Adjust seasonings if needed.  Cook rice according to package directions.   We use a Rice Cooker, it’s easy and the rice comes out perfect each time.

There are so many black eye pea recipes or Creole black eye beans recipes but I haven’t found that many Creole black eye peas and rice recipes.

black eyed peas rice


My uncle rocks New Years with his Creole Black Eyed Peas and Rice recipe.  These Black Eye Peas and Rice are seasoned with loads of spices plus the added flavors of salt pork and sausage.   It will change your view of black eye peas.


Some of our Favorite Creole/Cajun Seasonings and Supplies


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5 from 2 votes

Creole Black Eyed Peas And Rice Recipe

Seasoned black eye peas with sausage and served with rice
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 55 minutes
Soaking Peas1 hour
Total Time3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Black eye peas and rice, Creole Black eyed peas and rice, Southern Black eyed peas
Servings: 10
Calories: 706kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Soak the black eye peas for at least an hour completely covered in water.
  • Cook the cubed salt pork pieces in a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat until almost crispy.  Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. 
  • Add the sliced sausage pieces to the oil in the dutch oven and cook until almost browned.  Remove to the paper-lined plate to drain. 
  • Saute the chopped bell pepper, onion, jalapeño in the olive oil for 2 minutes until tender. 
  • Add garlic, salt, black and red pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley and stir well into the vegetables. 
  • Drain black eye peas and add to the dutch oven along with 8-10 cups of water and the cooked salt pork.  
  • Cook on medium heat for 45 minutes
  • Add the sausage slices to the pot of peas and cook for an additional 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook your rice according to package directions in a Rice Cooker
  • Serve the Creole black eye peas over the rice and add a dash or two of the Louisiana hot sauce.


Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1542mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 5mg

Recipe Rating


Saturday 23rd of July 2022

How much creole seasoning do you add?


Monday 25th of July 2022

We don't add creole seasoning to this dish but if you wish you could use it as a seasoner before serving if you wish.


Saturday 23rd of October 2021

How small do you chop the salt pork? I’ve never used it.


Saturday 23rd of October 2021

Great question. I chop it in 1/2 inch cubes. Salt pork adds great flavor to this dish plus it can be used as flavoring pinto beans and various other beans.

Beth west

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Made it and loved it!


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

Thank you thank you thank you! We are so glad you loved it and my Uncle Carl will be pleased his Creole Blackeyed Pea Recipe is being enjoyed by all. Hugs and thanks for letting us know!

Aunt Bee

Monday 16th of June 2014

This may be the best black eyed pea dish I have ever seen! WOW! I am craving this now!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Sunday 5th of January 2014

New Year's Day or not, I'm thinking I need to try these! :)