Cooking split peas. Split peas come in two main varieties: green and yellow. Both types are similar in flavor and nutritional value, but yellow split peas are slightly sweeter and softer when cooked.
There are several ways to cook split peas, including boiling, simmering, and pressure cooking.
No matter which cooking method you choose, we will give you accurate cooking times! Translation in French: pois cassés.
How do I cook split peas?
- Preparing split peas
- Cooking split peas in a pot (in water)
- Cooking simmered split peas
- Split peas cooked with a pressure cooker
What to pair split peas with?
Split peas can be added to soups, stews, and curries, or used as a base for dips and spreads. Split pea soup anyone? You can also serve split peas with pork roast, pork cutlets, roast beef or roasted chicken.
Preparing split peas
You’ll need to prepare split peas before cooking them. Sort and rinse them thoroughly. Look for any small stones or debris, then rinse the split peas in a colander under cold running water. Once you’ve rinsed them, soak the split peas for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. This step helps to soften the peas and reduce the cooking time.
Cooking split peas in a pot
Cooking split peas in a pot. There are many ways to cook split peas, but the most common method is to simmer them in water or broth.
1. In a large pot, add the soaked split peas, and enough water or broth to cover them by a few inches.
2. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let the split peas simmer for 30-45 minutes or until they’re tender.
3. If you prefer a smoother texture, use an immersion blender or transfer the split peas to a blender and puree until smooth.
Cooking simmered split peas
Cooking simmered split peas. Simmering split peas is similar to boiling, but requires less water and a longer cooking time. To simmer split peas:
1. Bring a small amount of water to a boil in a pot and add the soaked peas.
2. Reduce the heat to low and let the peas simmer for 1-2 hours, or until they are tender.
Cooking split peas with a pressure cooker
Cooking split peas with a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking split peas is a fast and efficient way to cook split peas. To pressure cook split peas:
1. Add the soaked peas and enough water to cover them in a pressure cooker.
2. Close the lid and cook the peas on high pressure for 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender.
Split peas are just dried green peas!
Split peas are high in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients such as iron, potassium, and zinc. They are also low in fat and calories, making them a healthy and filling choice for any meal.