Instant Pot Yellow Split Peas (Fast, Tender, No Soaking!) by Minimalist Baker

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT cooked yellow split peas! Plus, a versatile template for creating split pea soup or stew.

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Prep: 23mins Cook: 15mins Total: 38mins


154 kcal
Carbohydrate content
27.6 g
Fat content
0.5 g
Fiber content
13.9 g
Protein content
10.9 g
Saturated fat content
0.1 g
Serving size
1 two-third-cup serving
Sodium content
3 mg
Sugar content
0.9 g
Unsaturated fat content
0.33 g



  1. OPTIONAL: if using flavor add-ins, sauté onion, ginger, and garlic in a little oil or water until tender and lightly browned.
  2. Add split peas and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Optionally, add turmeric, sea salt, and/or black pepper. Pressure cook on high for 15 minutes (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  3. Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
  4. Best when fresh. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop, adding a little water, as needed, to prevent sticking.