Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas

by on December 31, 2016
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Air fried black-eyed peas make a crispy snack. Make them as spicy as you like by varying the amount of the Creole-style seasoning you use.

Air fried black-eyed peas make a crispy snack. Make them as spicy as you like by varying the amount of the Creole-style seasoning you use. Oil-free, vegan and naturally gluten-free.

Happy New Year! At the end of each year, I try to come up with a new black-eyed pea recipe so that I can start the year off with the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas and greens. Since I don’t want to be too traditional, I try to create something a little different each time. This year I decided to really shake things up by using one of my new gadgets, a Phillips Air Fryer, to make a crispy black-eyed pea snack that would fit in at a New Year’s Eve party or in front of a New Year’s Day football game.

I’ve been having fun playing with my air fryer–I even created a group on Facebook for all of us FatFree Vegan Air Fryers. But don’t feel left out if you don’t have one. Simply roast the black-eyed peas in a preheated oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet. See the notes at the end of the recipe for suggested time and temperature.

Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas


Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas

Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas

The air fryer makes this black-eyed pea snack crunchy in minutes, but you can also make them in an oven or toaster oven. See the notes below. The recipe depends on having firm, intact black-eyed peas, so if yours are mushy and falling apart, save them for another use.
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 82 kcal
Author Susan Voisin


  • 1 15- ounce can black-eyed peas (or 1 2/3 cups firmly cooked not mushy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked salt


  1. Using a colander or strainer, drain the liquid from the black-eyed peas. Gently rinse them off under running water and let them drain for a few minutes. Spread them out on a plate and discard any smashed or mushy peas. (If there are too many mushy peas, try this recipe using a different brand and use these peas for something else.) 

    Black-eyed peas
  2. Mix up the seasoning ingredients and sprinkle as much as you like over the peas, gently stirring the peas to make sure all are coated. (I used all the seasoning, and the peas come out moderately spicy to my taste.)
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 350-360 F. Put the peas in the basket and air fry for 5 minutes. Remove the basket and shake or stir to redistribute the peas. Air fry for another 5 minutes or until peas are crunchy on the outside and slightly tender on the inside. Allow to cool and serve immediately. Note: these get soft quickly, so try to serve them as close as possible to air-frying or reheat for a minute or two in the air fryer or oven just before serving.

Recipe Notes

You can make these in the oven or toaster oven. Preheat oven to 400F. Spread the peas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat. Bake until they are crunchy, stirring after 8 minutes.

Sodium listed in nutritional info assumes black-eyed peas cooked with salt and the optional salt in the seasoning mix.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air Fried Black-Eyed Peas
Amount Per Serving (1g)
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.28g 0%
Sodium 266mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 14.71g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4.61g 18%
Sugars 2.34g
Protein 2.48g 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I wish you all a happy, healthy 2017!


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1 moonwatcher December 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Hi Susan! Happy New Year to you as well! What an innovative and fun and tasty looking addition to your line up of black-eyed pea recipes for the new year. I love the photo too. It’s beautiful. May your 2017 shimmer with joy and promise as well. xoxo


2 Luci @ made by luci January 1, 2017 at 8:08 am

Oo these look delicious! I love crunchy snacks and usually make crispy chickpeas, but I might switch things up and try these :O 😀


3 Carrie January 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

Happy New Year, Susan! I love black eyed peas and these looks tasty. Other than length of time, is there a difference between air frying and dehydrating?


4 Susan Voisin January 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I think the big difference is the high heat of the air fryer gets things crispy, while a dehydrator would just dry them out–and take a very long time. The air fryer is generally quicker than an oven.


5 karlyn rombalski January 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Happy New Year Susan!!
I was wondering about using the dehydrator method also!!


6 jackie January 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

I can’t wait to try it I just bought me a air fryer and I haven’t tried it yet it’s still in the box


7 Christine @ Run Plant Based January 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

Happy New Year and these look wonderful – such a fun and healthy snack idea. Thanks!


8 Victoria Taylor January 3, 2017 at 6:56 am

Hi Susan,
Happy New Year. Can’t wait to try these. Looks delicious. I’m going to also a batch with the dehydrator for the “cooking” process. Black Eye Peas are a stple for the New Year. Thank you for posting and love the site.



9 Martha Osborne January 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Hi Susan,
I read that air fryers actually ask you to use some oil. Not the case??? Thanks!


10 Susan Voisin January 4, 2017 at 5:10 pm

They do. They’re trying to recreate a real fried taste and texture for people who are used to fried food, so most recommend at least a drop of oil. But those of us who are used to oil-free food don’t need it. 🙂


11 Agness of Run Agness Run January 9, 2017 at 6:23 am

Great idea! So, now instead of snacking unhealthy things, I will try this healthy and tasty snack.


12 Dave January 11, 2017 at 12:08 am

Perfect recipe!I love this.


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