Black Eyed Pea Fritters



I was asked back during the holidays why I wasn’t helping myself to a big side of black eyed peas. My response of course was “because I don’t like them” but when challenged as to why I do not like Black Eyed Peas I didn’t really have a good answer. So many of us are like that. There are foods we just don’t like for no other reason than we said so… Am I Right? After much thought I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the taste of the black eyed peas but the texture. I just didn’t like the texture and so I decided to change how I viewed black eyed peas and used them as the base for a fritter.



My motto has always been when in doubt fry it! So I created a mouthwatering batter comprised of mashed black eyed peas, mustard, green onions, mashed garlic and spices and then dropped spoonfuls of it into piping hot oil. IT WAS AMAZING! A cross between a hushpuppy and a side of black eyed peas. The taste was spot on and the texture- now that is texture I can do any day of the week. Chewy in the middle and golden brown and crispy on the outside.


I am just throwing this out there but I honestly think as part of your new year’s resolution you should make my FRIED BLACK EYED FRITTERS! They are every bit as delicious as they sound!

Black Eyed Pea Fritters
  • 1 15 oz. can of rinsed black eyed peas
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 TBSP mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 4 TBSP bread crumbs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic paste or 1 tsp minced garlic
  • For the Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 TBSP cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper each
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Combine all ingredients in a small blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  1. Place black-eyed peas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Beat the egg with the mustard and garlic and add to the peas. Stir and add in the remaining ingredients and stir together to combine. Form into golf-ball size balls and set aside. Heat ½ inch of oil in a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium to high heat. (Note: A little trick I learned from my mom- if you sprinkle a little flour over the oil and it bubbles you know the oil is ready). Add the fritters to the oil gently and fry for abut 2- 21/2 minutes per side (for total of 4-5 minutes). Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and enjoy with the dipping sauce.


  1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Count me in as one of those who LOVE black-eyed peas, probably because it’s breed into Southerners. Don’t believe I’ve ever had a black-eyed pea fritter, but they look and sound delicious.. Here’s to hoping they bring you good luck in the new year.

    13 . Jan . 2015
  2. Catherine

    I am with you!! When in doubt frying will do.
    These do sound wonderful as a side or snack. xo Catherine

    13 . Jan . 2015
  3. K / Pure & Complex

    You know I showed this to my mom, and she started clapping at this recipe lol.

    13 . Jan . 2015
  4. La Cuisine d'Helene

    This is a recipe that I would enjoy. I like cooking with beans and trying different recipes.

    13 . Jan . 2015
  5. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Fritters are the best, especially with a creamy yogurt sauce on the side!

    14 . Jan . 2015
  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    These would disappear very soon in our house.

    14 . Jan . 2015
  7. sue|theviewfromgreatisland

    I love anything ‘frittered’, so these sound incredible to me, and that dipping sauce puts them over the top, I’m off to buy some black eyed peas 🙂

    14 . Jan . 2015
  8. Balvinder

    I’m sure these yummy fritters must have disappeared in minutes 🙂

    14 . Jan . 2015
  9. 2 Sisters Recipes

    WOW so TRUE! BUT these fritters look and sound so amazing- I will definitely try them, including your dipping sauce! I don’t like Lima beans but I made a soup for my husband and it turned out so delicious – now I like LIMA BEANS! so funny and a good start for 2015! Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing more of our delicious recipes!\
    xoxo Anna and Liz

    14 . Jan . 2015
  10. 2 Sisters Recipes

    oops -a typo – I meant to write ” looking forward to seeing more of YOUR delicious recipes”

    14 . Jan . 2015
  11. Gerry @ foodness gracious

    These look so addicting! i bet I couldn’t stop at 3 or 4..

    15 . Jan . 2015
  12. Joanne

    i think when people say they don’t like certain foods, it’s usually just because they haven’t had them prepared the right way. Case in point! These fritters sound awesome.

    15 . Jan . 2015
  13. kitchen flavours

    Fritters would disappear fast in my house! These sounds amazing! Looks really delicious! I like the cilantro dip!

    16 . Jan . 2015
  14. Liz

    Yeah, I’m with you! I’d much rather have black eyed peas fried up in a fritter. What a terrific idea!

    16 . Jan . 2015
  15. V

    What a great way to start off the year on the right foot (and hopefully good luck)! This is a way more delicious way to have black eyed peas than most recipes that use these little guys appear.

    17 . Jan . 2015
  16. Monica

    I like black eyed peas on their own but it’s such a great idea to turn them into these little fritters! I could even get my 9-year old on board, I bet! : )

    17 . Jan . 2015
  17. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    Wow – How did I miss this recipe? This sounds like it would be perfect in a pita with lettuce, tomato and sliced onions too. Great way to eat your new years black eyed peas! Nice one 🙂

    18 . Jan . 2015
  18. Eva Taylor

    I’ve got some soaking right now but they’re destined for chilli. I’m not a huge fan of deep frying but I’d definitely gives these a taste.

    19 . Jan . 2015
  19. nancy at good food matters

    I do like black eyed peas in all forms, especially fritters. I like the bit of mustard that you’ve included in your recipe, which I imagine really sparks the flavor. Nice work!

    19 . Jan . 2015
  20. Velva

    I like black eye peas but I would love the fritters even more. Nice twist to a classic American bean.

    You are definitely right there are some things that there is no good reason not to like, you simply don’t, and that is that 🙂

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to enjoying your great recipes in 2015!


    19 . Jan . 2015

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