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.

  2. Catherine

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

  3. K / Pure & Complex

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

  4. La Cuisine d'Helene

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

  5. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

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

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    These would disappear very soon in our house.

  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 🙂

  8. Balvinder

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

  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

  10. 2 Sisters Recipes

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

  11. Gerry @ foodness gracious

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

  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.

  13. kitchen flavours

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

  14. Liz

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

  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.

  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. 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. 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. 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!

  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!


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