Mom's Purple-Hull Peas Recipe -

Mom's Purple-Hull Peas

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"A wonderful side-dish for any southern-style-meal. Goes great with cornbread and fried pork chops!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the purple hull peas into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, add okra if using and boil for 2 minutes, stirring twice. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the bacon, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
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  • Cooks Note
  • You can use dried peas for this recipe but will need to prepare them for cooking according to the package directions. Black-eyed peas can also be used if purple hull peas are not available.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 22, 2012

I alternated by leaving out the sugar and waited until the last 10 minutes to add the okra. I like mine to still be whole and with a little firmness. The smaller the okra the better. Goes well with pork loin, pork chops and cornbread!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 11, 2011

Just picked purple hulls are the best. If you live in the south you can get them at local farmers market, road side stand or friend/family garden. Fresh tender baby okra pods are best. I leave out the sugar, baking soda and sub ham for bacon. Occasionally add some chopped onion to pot and top with chopped fresh ripe tomatoes/green tomato relish. Server with hot, buttermilk cornbread(stone ground white cornmeal) and fried chicken or pork chops. Comfort food from childhood.


18 Ratings

Dec 04, 2011

Awesome flavor. Did not use okra, otherwise I followed the recipe. Fresh peas rule!

Jun 15, 2011

Delicious without the okra! Don't know about with the okra.

Jul 10, 2012

I used fresh purple hull peas from my garden. I also use more sugar, like 1/8 cup. This is VERY good. I use Tony's more spice for the seasoning. At times, I use a drop or two of liquid smoke.

Sep 11, 2012

These are good, but need much more salt. I used Splenda instead of sugar.

Jan 01, 2014

I didn't have any okra, and the only changes I made was doubling the sugar and soda. Can you say DEE-LISH-US! A very fresh tasting, slightly sweet dish that melted in our mouths.

Jul 11, 2015

Liked it with the okra! Used peppered bacon ends from my local rancher.


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  • Calories
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.3 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 591 mg
  • 24%

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

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