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Deep Fried Black Eyed Peas Recipe
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Deep Fried Black Eyed Peas

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"Fun, funky and full of flavor! Think 'far out bar goodies' or your next full-fledged addiction. There's a crazy depth to the flavor and a buttery afterburn. Precooking the peas can be done a day in advance, making serving quick and easy. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    8 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place the black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight.
  2. The next day, drain and rinse the peas. Pour in enough water to cover the peas by 3-inches, then stir in the onion, bay leaves, and jalapeno pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the peas are tender but not mushy, 40 to 50 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep the peas covered while cooking. Drain the peas in a colander set in the sink, and spread them onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels or dish towels to drain. Discard bay leaves, and refrigerate the peas until ready to fry.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Carefully pour about 1 1/2 cups of peas into the hot oil per batch, and fry until crisp, 4 to 7 minutes. Remove the peas, drain on paper towels, and toss the hot peas in a bowl with seafood seasoning and kosher salt. Serve hot.
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  • Cook's Note
  • Adjust seasonings to personal preference. I've also used pickled jalapenos with much success.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 05, 2010

I just love this recipe because it's fun & different :o) If the peas are fried long enough, they're light & crispy, almost hollow & pop in your mouth. Be sure they're nice & cool before frying. Use a nice sized onion because the fried onion bits are great! The Old Bay & kosher salt are totally to taste, just like salting your popcorn, taste as you go. I hope you enjoy, thanks for trying!! :o)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 08, 2010

I was not impressed. What an oily mess and a terrible jolt to ones system (meaning your body). And one does what, with these fried things? Yes I fried them as the recipe called for and it looked just like the picture, but please...popcorn would have been better.


14 Ratings

Apr 23, 2010

I made these for my get together last night and everyone talked about how they have never heard of these or even tried these before. I will admit I messed up the recipe. I forgot to add the old bay. Instead I ended up seasoning with ground red pepper and kosher salt. (may be helpful for those that dont have the old bay) They tasted almost like little potato chips. Very Good, Thanks!

May 25, 2010

Crunchy outside, full of flavor inside. The recipe is good as it is. We've made couple of changes just to try to get different tastes. Used Italian spice mix and red hot chili to season after frying. Drained the extra oil. I put a layer of Turkish yogurt on a plate and put the beans on it. Hot-cold, crunchy-soft, spicy-plain.... Wonderful joy of tastes.... Thank you for this different recipe.

Jun 25, 2010

My friends loved these! Crispy, salty, flavorful & snacky :) Mine turned out nice & light, not greasy like another reviewer, maybe their oil needed to be hotter. I made sure mine were well drained before frying too. So what if they're not healthy, they're fried!! Like other guilty pleasures, not an everyday thing but fun for guests & really tasty. Thanks!!

Aug 31, 2010

Mmmmmm! big hit at our place We grow our own and this is a different way to use them. I used a cajun season salt and extra garlic salt. Be sure to drain well on paper towels.I did a quick soak method ,worked fine

Oct 29, 2010

I must've been missing something, but this did not turn out good for me. Frying the peas was very painful - they oil kept bubbeling and overflowing from the pot even when only a few of the peas were pu in there. Had to dich tthe recipe latminute. Not sure what went wrong - sounded a great recipe on first read.

Mar 28, 2011

Just made these for the first time. I must say they turned out fantastic! Nice, light and not too greasy just make sure your oil is nice and hot. The only thing I changed was using sea salt instead of kosher. All my family loved this recipe, I will definitely be making this again.


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  • Calories
  • 126 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.5 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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